November’s Whisky News

As we tick over into the final month of the year, here’s all the latest whisky news from November.

Industry News
According to the Scotch Whisky Association, the decline in overseas sales in recent years is slowing.  Exports for the first half of this year totalled £1.7bn, representing a 3% fall in value compared to a drop of 11% between the first half of 2013 and 2014 (from BBC News).  Also, according to recent forecasts, global consumption of whisky is set to overtake vodka by 2020 (from The Spirits Business).

The angel’s might have had the last of their “share”, after a team at Edinburgh’s Napier University created a cask that minimises whisky lost through evaporation during maturation (from The Herald).

Diageo has introduced an “experimental craft whisky” arm called Whiskey Union, which will look to combat the challenge posed by American and New World Whiskies (from The Spirits Business).  Hawick in the Scottish Borders looks set to get its own distillery, having secured £10 million in funding from a group of private investors (from Scotch Whisky).

The BBC takes a look at how South African whisky is becoming big business (from BBC News).

Whisky merchants and blender Edinburgh Whisky, which only launched in August, has secured funding to expand its range (from The Scotsman).  The boys behind WhiskyBlender have teamed up with a Dutch rum company to launch RumBlender – a company which allows users to mix their own unique blend (from The Scotsman).  Also, two Scots have announced the founding of Number One Drinks Company, with plans to build what is thought to be Japan’s first artisan gin distillery (from The Drinks Report).

Ferry operator CalMac has linked up with partners across the west coast to offer a West Coast Whisky Pass, which offers a range of promotions and discounts (from Scotland Food and Drink).

And to highlight the importance of wood in whisky maturation, Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled a new campaign – “The Wood Makes The Whisky” – (from Off Licence News)

New Releases
Diageo has rebranded The Singleton with a view to positioning the whisky as the world’s number one single malt (from Scotch Whisky).

Reaching back into its history, The Glenrothes has released a whisky which has distilled all the way back in 1969, with the casks only yielding 69 bottles (from The Whisky Business).  Also looking to the past and celebrating its 240th anniversary, Glenturret has launched of a no-age-statement range, which includes The Glenturret Sherry Edition, The Glenturret Triple Wood Edition and The Glenturret Peated Edition (from The Spirits Business).

Glendronach has added three new expresses to its range, including the brand’s first-ever peated Scotch Whisky (from The Whisky Business), with William Grant & Sons is to launch a range of whiskies inspired by the Art Deco era – House of Hazelwood (from The Drinks Report).

Arran has introduction a limited edition bottling matured in quarter casks, which are reminiscent of those used in the whisky trade in the 18th and 19th centuries (from Bar Magazine)

Jura has launched a series of gift tins for Christmas 2015, with each drawing inspiration from the Hebridean island’s rural landscape (from The Spirits Business).

Independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co has added a number of single cask expressions to its XOP (Xtra Old Particular) range, including the oldest Port Ellen ever release (from The Spirits Business).

Amongst the new boys, after selling out its first release, the Shetland Distillery Company has launched its second Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (from The Whisky Business).  And Strathearn Distillery, Scotland’s smallest distillery, has launched its first gin two years after production started (from BQ).

And finally
Some guy has named a Canadian whisky the best in the world in an attempt to sell his book (from The Telegraph).