July’s Whisky News

It’s summer (don’t let the weather fool you!), so there’s less news around than normal.  However, you’ll still find all the latest whisky news below.

Industry Updates
Another month and another whisky distillery receives approval, with plans for a new facility in Hawick given the thumbs up (STV News).  Work has also started on the new distillery at Lindores Abbey in Fife, where a 15th century monk was said to have first made ‘aqua vitae’ (The National).

Dunrobin Castle, one of the largest in the Highlands, has submitted plans to build a new gin and whisky distillery within its grounds (Press & Journal).

Diageo reported an improvement in performance after three disappointing years, although sales and profits were still down (BBC News).  Edrington has also been hit by a drop in annual pre-tax profits, due to fierce competition in both Taiwan and the UK (The Herald).

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has unveiled plans to open a new whisky bar on the ground floor of its Queen Street home (Bar Magazine).

Craft Beer Clan of Scotland has formed a new venture with brewers William Brothers to introduce a series of whisky barrel-aged beers (BQ Live).

New Releases

  • That Boutique-y Whisky Company 52 Year Old single grain Scotch whisky – from Lowland distillery, Carsebridge (The Whisky Business)
  • Glenfarclas 35 Year Old Port Cask Expression – the first release of its kind since 2012 (The Whisky Business)
  • Strathearn Distillery has created the UK’s strongest gin range, with each coming in at 60.5% (The Drinks Report)
  • Tobermory 18 Year Old Bourbon Cask and 20 Year Old Sherry Cask – the first two of six single malts in a Germany-exclusive series (The Spirits Business)
  • Tomatin Warehouse 6 Collection – a 44 year old single cask release was unveiled as the first in a collection of the distiller’s most refined spirits (The Drinks Report)

And finally
The Balvenie’s master blender and all round whisky legend, David Stewart, has received his MBE from The Queen for services to the Scotch whisky industry (The Drinks Business).