December’s Whisky News

Did the Christmas rush distract you from all of December’s whisky news? Well, you can catch up right here.

Industry Updates
Plans have been submitted for a new whisky distillery and “tasting lodge” in Ross-shire (Press & Journal). Heather Nelson will be the first woman to establish a distillery in two centuries once Toulvaddie distillery starts producing in May 2017 (The Sun).

Two bottles of Macallan Fine and Rare, with a combined value of £750,000, have been identified as fake by whisky broker Rare Whisky 101 (The Herald).

Whisky sales have helped boost the UK’s Treasury coffers by more than £100 million, compared to the same period last year (The Herald). It is predicted that, by 2020, UK consumers will drink more Scottish gin than Scotch whisky (The Guardian).

The Scotch Whisky Association has been given permission to appeal to the UK’s Supreme Court (BBC News).

The Whisky Exchange is launching a new whisky show in Glasgow, which will be dedicated to Old & Rare whiskies (Evening Times). Demand for the first ever spirit to be released by Adelphi’s Ardnamurchan Distillery has outstripped its initial production run by three to one (The Herald).

Strathearn Distillery is offering customers the chance to reserve one of the first 80 bottles of its cask strength rum (The Drinks Report).

Award winning Tasmania distillery Sullivans Cove has been snapped up by a group of investors, for an undisclosed sum (The Australian).

New Releases
Perthshire distillery Strathearn has auctioned its first bottle of whisky – a three year old bottling – for more than £4,000 (The Spirits Business).

St Andrew’s Eden Mill has launched the first whisky to made in the town for more than 140 years (The Herald).

  • Arran 21st Anniversary Limited Edition – released to celebrate the end of its 21st anniversary year celebrations (The Whisky Business)
  • Benromach Heritage 1973 – available exclusively in the UK, only 52 bottles have been produced (The Drinks Report)
  • Bowmore 1961 50 Year Old – the first release in the distillery’s new 50 Year Old Collection Series (The Whisky Business)
  • Bowmore Vault Edit1°n Atlantic Sea Salt – the first of a four-part series, celebrating the whisky’s key flavours (The Drinks Report)
  • Glengoyne Teapot Dram V – a limited edition run of 3,138 bottles (The Whisky Business)
  • Glenmorangie 1990 – part of the new Bond House No. 1 collection of vintage whiskies (Scotch Whisky)
  • Gordon & MacPhail Speyside Collection – the new six bottle range is priced at £10,500 (The Whisky Business)
  • Highland Park FIRE – follows on from the release of ICE earlier this year (The Drinks Report)
  • Old Pulteney 35 Year Old – only 1,254 bottles will be available (The Drinks Report)
  • The Macallan Edition No. 2 – has been created by bringing together seven cask types from four different bodegas (The Drinks Report)
  • Uncle Duke – BrewDog launches its very first whisky, which has been inspired by the writing of Hunter S. Thompson (The Drinks Business)

Also, Arbikie has launched a limited edition strawberry vodka (The Drinks Report). And Bramble bosses Mike Aikman and Jason Scott have teamed up with co-founded of Vino Wines, Gavin Ferguson, to create a Scotland’s first white rum – Seawolf (Dram Scotland).

And finally
Whisky emojis are now available for the iPhone! (Forbes)