October’s Whisky News

There was some MASSIVE news in the whisky industry in October, along with plenty of new releases. So here’s all the latest whisky news rounded-up for your reading pleasure.

Industry News
Diageo has announced plans to revive two ‘lost’ whisky distilleries – Port Ellen on Islay and Brora in Sutherland – with a total investment of £35m (Insider). Ian Macleod Distillers have also announced plans to resurrect Rosebank at its site on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal (BBC News).

The site of Scotland’s first recorded whisky distillery has reopened more than 500 years after it entered the history books (STV News).

Plans for Scotland’s first vertical distillery, Port of Leith Distillery, are now before the local council and could start construction as early as next year (The Scotsman).

The Scotch Whisky Association has blamed the Chancellor’s near 4% tax rise in March for a fall in bottle sales over the past six months (The Guardian).

Remy Cointreau, owner of Bruichladdich Distillery, has hailed double digit growth for its Scottish business in the first half of its financial year, with the rise manly driven by the success of The Botanist Gin (The Herald). The Paterson Collection, a £1m set of Dalmore single malts, has been sold four years after going on sale (Scotch Whisky).

Angels’ Share Glass, producer of whisky glassware and gifts, has launched a range of hand-blown whisky-filled Christmas baubles (The Spirits Business).

New Releases

  • Ardbeg Twenty Something – a new 23 year old which will be sold exclusively to members of the Ardbeg Committee (Scotch Whisky)
  • Benromach 1977 – the new release is limited to just 225 bottles (The Whisky Business)
  • Compass Box Phenomenology and No Name – two new blended malts from the whisky bottler (Scotch Whisky)
  • Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera – the first bottling to be developed in collaboration with crystal manufacturer Baccarat (The Spirits Business)
  • Glenfiddich Winter Storm – a limited edition whisky finished in casks that previously held Canadian ice wine (Bar Magazine)
  • Glengoyne 30 Year Old – is limited to just 6,000 bottles (The Whisky Business)
  • Glen Keith Distillery Edition – Chivas Brothers is releasing a permanent no age statement from Glen Keith distillery for the first time (Scotch Whisky)
  • Glen Scotia 26 Year Old – will be available exclusively at Edinburgh Airport (The Spirits Business)
  • Highland Park Voyage of the Raven – the release marks the end of the Orkney distiller’s Warrior series (Scotch Whisky)
  • Jura has revealed its first dedicated range exclusively for global travel retail (Scotch Whisky)
  • Loch Lomond 50 Year Old – the malt will be priced at £12,000 (Insider)
  • Old Pulteney 1990 Vintage Cask – the 26 year old will be available exclusively at Heathrow Airport (The Whisky Business)
  • The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 – comprises five single casks bottlings, including a 55 year old release (The Drinks Report)
  • The Macallan Quest Collection – the new range of whiskies is exclusive to global travel retail (The Drinks Report)
  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has released an exclusive single cask malt available only in Sweden (The Drinks Report)
  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has announced the launch of its first ever single cask, single malt whisky from India (The Whisky Business)
  • Tomatin Five Virtues Earth – the third expressions in its Five Virtues series (The Spirits Business)
  • Wemyss Malts Autumn 2017 collection – the range of 12 whiskies range from 11 to 26 years old (The Whisky Business)

And finally
Look out your old miniatures!  A couple from Glasgow have seen a miniature of Laphroaig sell at auction for £830 (STV News).