October & November’s Whisky News

Things have been busy, busy, busy recently, so here’s two months of whisky news for you.

Industry Updates
The Scotch Whisky Association has lost out in its attempt to block the Scottish Government’s minimum pricing policy (The Scotsman), but the organisation has now appealed to the UK Supreme court (Daily Telegraph). Meanwhile, the Association’s chief executive, David Frost, is leaving to take up a post with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (BBC News). And he left with a parting shot about the country he has called home for the past three years (The Scotsman).

Profits have fallen 35 per cent at Beam Suntory – producers of Laphroaig and Ardmore – with declines in almost all its main markets (The Times). Meanwhile, profits at Morrison Bowmore leapt 58%, despite a drop in sales (Press & Journal). And at Hunter Laing profits are down by more than 20 per cent (The Herald).

Chivas Brothers confirmed the closure of its Paisley plant, with 460 workers transferred to an expanded facility in Dumbarton (STV). Boutique whisky producer, The Lost Distillery Company, has relocated to one of Scotland’s finest stately homes – Dumfries House (BQ Live).

For the first time, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s new Edinburgh bar will features a ‘guest list’ of 30 old and rare whiskies chosen by Charlie MacLean (Scotch Whisky). SMWS has also launched a new Christmas Whisky Concierge service in both its Edinburgh and London venues (Food & Drink Scotland).

Edinburgh-based Fusion Whisky is poised to launch a fusion of Scotch and Indian whisky in time for Christmas (The Herald). And new independent bottler Golden Decanter is targeting high-end whisky collectors with the release of a four single cask malts from The Glenlivet, Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Ben Nevis (Scotch Whisky).

Stirlingshire’s Deanston distillery has unveiled a new look (Packaging Europe).

The Ardgowan Distillery Company has submitted plans to build a new Lowland distillery near the Firth of Clyde (Scotch Whisky).

The Macallan’s new £100 million distillery is coming along nicely, with the construction of the new warehouses and filling store now underway (The Spirits Business). And plans for a multimillion pound expansion of Glenmorangie have been approved, which comprises the addition of five new whisky warehouses (Press & Journal).

A new whisky distillery, Akkeshi, is to start production on the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido (The Spirits Business). Oxford is to get its own distillery, which will produce gin, vodka and whisky (Oxford Mail).

And a bottle of Glenfiddich was laid down in the year of George VI’s coronation sold at auction in Edinburgh for £68,500 (BBC News).

New Releases

  • anCnoc 35 Year Old – only 670 bottles are available globally (Imbibe)
  • Black Bowmore 50 Year Old – the fifth and final expression from the famed range, priced at £16,000 (The Drinks Business)
  • Chivas Regal Ultis – the first blended malt and a vatting of five Speyside single malts (Scotch Whisky)
  • Glendromach has launched the final three bottlings in its 2016 limited release programme (The Whisky Business)
  • Glen Moray Elgin Heritage range – features a 12, 15 and 18 year old (The Drinks Report)
  • Glenturret Cameron’s Cut – unveiled to mark distillery manager Neil Cameron’s 20th year in the role (The Spirits Business)
  • Highland Park FIRE – the new 15 year old pays homage to a Viking tale about the end of the world (The Spirits Business)
  • Isle of Arran Smugglers’ Series Vol. 2 – the second release from the distillery’s Smugglers’ Series (The Whisky Business)
  • Longmorn 16 & 23 Year Old – the two new expressions complete the brand’s range of single malt whiskies (The Whisky Business)
  • SPEY Trutina and SPEY Fumare – includes the distillery’s first release using peated barley (The Whisky Business)
  • The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two – the collection of five whiskies comes with a price tag of £20,000 (The Drinks Report)
  • The Glenrothes 1992 Dow’s Single Cask – created in collaboration with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco (The Whisky Business)
  • The Half Century Blend – the third release from The Blended Whisky Company contains whiskies aged for 50 year or more (The Spirits Business)
  • The Macallan Double Cask – a new 12 year old, which incorporates new oak from America (Evening Express)
  • The Macallan Edition No. 2 – the new whisky comprises seven cask types from four bodegas (The Spirits Business)
  • Wemyss Batch Strength range – which you can read more about here (The Whisky Business)

And finally…
Whisky delivery company The Dram Team is looking to hire its own ‘Dramprentice’ to help in its quest for liquid gold (Bristol Post).