January’s Whisky News

New year, new news – here’s your round up of all the latest whisky news from across the industry.

Industry Updates
Weakness in Sterling following June’s Brexit vote has helped to push Scotch whisky exports back into growth after three successive years of decline (The Herald). And the Scotch Whisky Association has announced that Scotch whisky now contributes nearly £5bn to the UK economy (BBC News).

Diageo has also returned to growth over the last six months, with a reported 4% growth in Scotch sales by volume and a 6% growth in comparable value (The Courier).

To mark the end of its 200th anniversary celebrations, Lagavulin has released a single cask bottling from 1991, the proceeds of which will benefit charities on the island to the tune of around £500,000 (The Spirits Business).

The new West Coast Whisky Feis will take place this July in Oban (Scotland Food and Drink).

Plans have been submitted for Wales’ third whisky distillery (The Drink Business), a new whisky and gin distillery near York (York Press), and a £4m whisky distillery near Plymouth (Plymouth Herald). However, the latter has run into problems, with residents claiming the design is “too Scottish” (Scotsman Food & Drink).

Donegal County Council has granted planning permission for the proposed new Sliabh Liag Distillery in Carrick (The Whisky Business). Midelton Distillery is to receive a €10.5m investment which will see production increase by 30% (The Drinks Report).

And Dumbarton’s flagship whisky tower is to be pulled down (Daily Record).

New Releases

  • Blandoch’s first single malts have been released ahead of the distillery’s reopening this summer (Scotch Whisky)
  • Bushmills 16 and 21 Year olds – both have been matured and finished in three different cask types (The Drinks Report)
  • Deanston 40 Year Old – with fewer than 500 bottles available, it comes with a price tag of £1,000 a bottle (Scotch Whisky)
  • Glenmorangie Bacalta – the eighth release in the Private Edition is the first Scotch whisky to be finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks (The Spirits Business)
  • Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘Year of the Rooster’ – has been launched in celebration of the Lunar and Chinese New Year (The Whisky Business)
  • Roe & Co Irish Whiskey – a new non-age statement Irish whiskey from Diageo, which arrives alongside plans to invest €25m in a new distillery at St. James’s Gate in Dublin (The Whisky Business)
  • The Dalmore 50 Year Old – the Champagne-finished whisky has been released to mark Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the industry (The Spirits Business)
  • Tobermory Distillery has released two new bottlings – Ledaig 19 Year Old and Tobermory 21 Year Old (The Whisky Business)

And finally
Bottles of whisky confiscated at Edinburgh Airport’s security gates have raised nearly £4,000 for Guide Dogs Scotland (STV News).