June’s Whisky News

Sick of hearing about the Brexit? Well here’s a round-up of all the whisky news you might have missed from the last month.

Industry News
Mossburn Distillers has lodged plans to build a whisky distillery in Jedburgh (BBC News).  Also, Welsh whisky pioneer Penderyn could soon be stretching its reach to Swansea, with plans to breathe life into an old copper mine (South Wales Evening Post).

According to a study, less than 25% of Scotland’s whisky distilleries are now owned by Scottish companies (Scotland Now).  The news follows the announcement that BenRiach is being bought by US spirits and wine giant, Brown-Forman Corporation, which is the current home of Jack Daniels (BBC News).

Walsh Whisky officially opened its €25m distillery at Royal Oak in County Carlow, Ireland (The Whisky Business)

A young entrepreneur from Speyside has started her own business, Whisky Co., to fill a gap in the whisky tourism market (Press & Journal).  Two Tiree locals have launched a whisky bottling company, with a view to re-establishing the island’s long association with the Scotch whisky industry (Island News & Advertiser).  Also, The Dram Team launched a new whisky by-post service (Whisky Magazine), which you can read about here and here.

The Times looks at the rise of women in the Scotch whisky industry (The Times £).

BrewDog has unveiled the brand identity of its new spirits division – Lone Wolf (The Drinks Report).  Johnnie Walker Red has added on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information to its packaging – seen by many as a first for the industry (The Whisky Business).

Dalmore has revamped its travel retails exclusive no-age-statement range, which is now known as The Fortuna Meritas Collection (The Spirits Business).  Jameson has restructured is family of whiskies, which is now made up of The Whiskey Makers Series, the range of Heritage whiskeys and The Deconstructed Series with the original Jameson Irish Whiskey (The Drinks Report).

And in case you were missing your fix of Brexit news, the Scotch Whisky Association has warned that distillery’s are facing “huge uncertainty” following the UK’s vote to leave the EU (The Herald).

New Releases

  • Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3 – the third expressions from the much sought after Tun 1509 range (The Whisky Business)
  • The BenRiach Distillery Company has announced the launch of three new expressions for its BenRiach and Glenglassaugh brands – the first since the company was taken over by Brown-Forman in April (The Whisky Business)
  • Benromach 1974 – bottled after 41 years maturing in a sherry butt (FoodBev)
  • The Glenlivet Cipher – presented in an opaque black bottle, the limited edition does not offer any cask information or tasting notes (The Spirits Business)
  • Lagavulin 25 Year Old – launched to celebrate the distillery’s 200th anniversary (Imbibe)
  • SMWS 39.124 – named ‘A Toast to Tim Peake’s return’ the 39 year old is understood to hail from Linkwood Distillery (The Spirits Business)
  • Suntory Whisky Toki – a new blend from Beam Suntory, mixing malt and grains whiskies from its Hakusku, Yamazaki and Chita distilleries (The Spirits Business)
  • Tobermory 42 Year Old – a new limited edition, exclusive to global travel retail (The Whisky Business)
  • Wemyss Malts Midsummer Collection – nine single cask whiskies releases to mark Midsummer’s Day on 21 June (The Spirits Business)

And finally…
No time to visit the distillery?  Well Glenfiddich is now offering virtual tours to give fans the world over the chance to see behind the scenes (The Drum).  And you can experience it right here.