May’s Whisky News

Just in case you were super busy during Whisky Month, here’s a round-up of all the whisky news you might have missed.

Industry News
The best kept secret in the whisky industry for a number of years, new Fife-based distillery InchDairnie was unveiled to the media and wider public (The Scotsman).

The first community-owned distillery, Dingwall’s GlenWyvis, has received more than £517,000 towards its £1.5m total (BBC News).

The Scotch Whisky Association has revealed that the decline in Scotch whisky exports has started to ease, falling 2.8 per cent year-on-year in 2015, compared to 7 per cent during the same period in 2014 (Financial Times).  And as the Brexit campaign heats up, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has warned that more than £1 billion of whisky exports could be at risk if Britain exited the EU (Bloomberg).

Ian MacLeod Distillers have enjoyed a 23% boost in profits, up to £8.3m compared to £6.7m in the prior year (The Press & Journal).  The company has also secured £60m in bank funding to support a push for growth amid strong demand of Scotch overseas (The Herald).

Speyburn Distillery has celebrated the completion of a two-year, £5 million renovation project which has seen production more than doubled (The Drinks Business).

You’ll be able to find a whole host of spirits in your local Asda from now on, after the supermarket agreed a supply deal with a range of Scottish distillers (The Herald).  Glengoyne has unveiled a new look, with the hope of giving the 10 and 12 year old greater shelf stand out (The Drinks Report).

The Speyside Whisky Festival both kicked off and came to a close, with the Glenfiddich winning all three awards at the festival (The Press & Journal).

And for the whisky geeks amongst you, The Scotsman rounds-up five of the biggest Scotch whisky takeover deals (The Scotsman).

New Releases

  • Compass Box – the independent bottler has released two new blended expressions (Enlightenment and The Circus) has well as continuing its Scotch Whisky transparency campaign (The Spirits Business)
  • Glen Grant – three new single malt expressions are entering the range, including two 12 year olds and an 18 year old (The Whisky Business)
  • The Glenturret Fly’s 16 Masters Edition – a limited edition bottling, inspired by a photo from 1905 featuring 16 stillmen and collie dog Fly, who belonged to the then distillery manager (The Drinks Report)
  • Johnnie Walker Island Green – a new and rare blend will launch as a travel retail exclusive from July 2016 (The Drinks Report)
  • Jura Tastival – a limited edition expression has been launched to mark the 10th annual Tastival whisky festival (The Grocer)
  • Langatun – the Swiss whisky makes its UK debut (The Spirits Business)
  • SMWS 127.44 – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society has launched a 12-year old single cask bottling in celebration of the Feis Ile, with just 588 bottles produced (The Spirits Business)
  • Cù Bòcan 1988 Vintage – matured for 28 years in sherry casks, which had previously matured a heavily peated Islay whisky (The Whisky Business)

Frobes Magazine has created a useful round-up of all the whiskies released at this year’s Feis Ile.  Part one is here and part two is here.

Edinburgh-based craft distillers Pickerings Gin has launched a new collection of oak aged gins matured in single malt whisky casks (BQ Magazine).  And Ian MacLeod Distillers has launched a spicy party drink, Rocket Cat (The Drinks Report).

And finally…
Research has revealed that just 29 out of the 118 distilleries are owned by companies based in Scotland (Scotland Now).