December’s Whisky News

A new year may have begun, but in-case you were tied up with Christmas madness throughout December, here’s your chance to catch-up on all the latest whisky news.

Industry News

To assist in its role of representing the industry worldwide, the Scotch Whisky Association has opened an office in London (The Spirits Business).

Continuing its investment in Scotland, John Swinney opened Diageo’s new £18 million filling store in Cambus, which also includes new warehousing and cooperage facilities (The Press & Journal).  However, Diageo has also been busy overseas, investing £10 million in Danish whisky brand Stauning (The Drinks Business) and Starward Whisky in Australia (Yahoo Finance).

Peebles has won the race to become the home of R&B Disitller’s new distillery, after a public vote saw it gather more votes than all the other sites combined (BBC News).  Plans are also afoot to create a new whisky distillery on the soil when Robert Burns once worked, at Lochlea Farm near Tarbolton (Daily Record).  The Guardian also takes a look at the first new distilleries in a century to open in Glasgow and Edinburgh (The Guardian).

New boys Arbikie are offering £10,000 whisky bonds for those with the patience to wait until the spirit has aged to see a return on their investment (City AM).  Since being acquired by an Edinburgh-based investment house in April, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society has invested £5m in new whisky stocks (The Herald).

The Scotch Whisky industry is on course to reach it’s green targets, having reduced landfill waste to just 2% last year (The Spirits Business).  A survey from the Scotch Whisky Association has also revealed that 92 per cent of Scots find the current tax on whisky to be too high (The Herald).

And finally, The Sunday Post asks if gin could possible overtake whisky as Scotland’s national drink (The Sunday Post).

New Bottlings
Travel retail is to receive another new expression of Talisker in the form of Nesit Point (The Spirits Business).  In Speyside, Glenglassaugh has released the second batch of its single cask bottlings (The Whisky Business).  Spey Whisky is also marking the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron’s marriage with the launch of a new limited edition whisky (The Drinks Report).  And in the Lowlands, Deanston has launched a 20YO cask strength bottling (The Drinks Report).

Not quite a new bottling but Tomatin – one of my favourite distilleries – has rebranded the packing for its single malts (The Whisky Business).

While we wait on R&B Distillers to build its distilleries in Peebles (see above) and Raasay, the company has launched two new whiskies (The Spirits Business).  And although it won’t be ready for a while, one of Scotland’s newest distilleries – Isle of Harris Distillery – has filled its first three casks of what will eventually become single malt (The Scotsman).

And finally
Let’s take a look at Germany’s burgeoning whisky industry (First Post).