February’s Whisky News

After a sluggish start to the year, February was choc-a-block with whisky news. And you can find a round-up of all the highlights below.

Industry Updates
Single malt exports have topped £1bn for the first time (BBC News), with whisky helping exports to Japan to hit the £100m mark for the first time (The Scotsman).

Islay newest distillery has made two appointments – Willie Philips, the man credited with turning The Macallan into one of the world’s leading single malts (The Herald), and Jim McEwan, the man who breathed life into Bruichladdich (Dram). And Ardgowan Distillery has added former Bruichladdich and Springbank director Gordon Wright and global distilling expert Professor Michael Egan to its team (The Whisky Business).

The Scottish Government has approved plans for a new £40m distillery near Jedburgh in the Borders (BBC News). Isle of Arran Distillers has broken ground on the site of its new distillery (The Whisky Business).

Tobermory Distillery, on the Isle of Mull, is to close for two years whilst equipment and its visitor centre are upgraded (The Drinks Report).

Rachel Barrie will be leaving her master blender position at Morrison Bowmore to take up the same role with Brown-Forman, which makes BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh whiskies (The Whisky Business).

The Scotch Whisky Association has agreed to work in partnership with the Scottish Craft Distillers Association to support the continued success of the industry and its supply chain (Food Bev). The Association has also set out the case for a 2% cut in excise in March’s budget (Drinks International).

The Glen Moray will be celebrating its 120th anniversary throughout 2017, which includes the launch of Mastery – a special release, created using five distinctive vintages (The Whisky Business).

Loch Lomond Group launched its inaugural global travel retail range of whisky at Glasgow Airport (Glasgow Live). GlenWyvis, the world’s first community-owned distillery, has launched a limited edition whisky to celebrate laying down its foundation stone last week (Scotch Whisky).

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has unveiled its first bottle re-design in almost a decade, which it claims will emphasise its flavour-based approach to whisky (The Drinks Report).

Edinburgh’s Scotch Whisky Experience reported record visitor numbers last year, with numbers strengthening following the UK’s Brexit vote (Daily Record).

And R&B Distillers are looking for a distiller to man their new facility off the east coast of Skye – perfect for anyone looking to switch careers (Daily Record)!

New Releases

  • Bowmore has launched a trio of travel retail exclusives, including a 10, 15 & 18 year old (The Whisky Business)
  • Douglas Laing Consortium of Cards – a collection of four single casks to be released throughout 2017 (Scotch Whisky)
  • Glenmorangie Bacalta – the first Scotch whisky to be finished in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks, is the eighth expression to join the Private Edition range (The Spirits Business)
  • Glenrothes 1988 Second Release – comes eight years after its initial release (The Whisky Business)
  • Laphroig has released two new single malts exclusively in duty free – Four Oak and the 1815 Legacy Edition (Scotch Whisky)
  • R&B While We Wait Second Release – has been peated to 15ppm and finished in Tuscan red wine casks for 18 months (The Whisky Business)
  • The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare – comes with a price tag of $10,000 a bottle (Scotch Whisky)
  • Tomintoul 21 Year Old – matured for its full duration in Bourbon casks (The Spirits Business)
  • Wemyss Malts has announced the launch of its first batch of single cask whiskies for 2017 (The Whisky Business)

And That Boutique-y Gin Company has launched with 11 gins (The Drinks Report).

And finally
A single malt from Glenfarclas Distillery has been delivery 75 years after it was first ordered (Press & Journal).