October’s Whisky News

In case you missed some of it, here’s all the whisky news from the past month:

Industry Updates
The Spirt of Speyside Whisky Festival has announced a second annual event, Dramfest, which will bring distillers from across the region together under one roof next September (from The Press & Journal).

Plans have been unveiled for the most northerly whisky distillery on the Scottish mainland on the shore of a sea loch in Sutherland (from The Herald) and BBC News looks at the burgeoning whisky scene in both Dumfries & Galloway and the Borders (from BBC News).

New website Scotchwhisky.com went live at The Whisky Show last to educate both consumers and bartenders about Scotch Whisky, from its production and heritage through to cocktail ideas (from Bar Magazine).

Diageo has introduced new packaging for the majority of its Buchanan blended Scotch Whisky range to create a “more contemporary look” (from The Spirits Business).

To celebre its 21 Year Old expression Glenfiddich has conducted a “revolutionary experiment” to explore how live music affects single malt, with the helps of the Co-Operative Orchestra in Scotland, Caribreann vocalist Calma Carmona and experts in the science of Cymatics (from Mashable).  Oh, and you can few the video here.

Compass Box has got itself into a stooshie by being ‘too honest’ with the contents of two of its new releases (from Scotch Whisky).

And It seems that whisky and its by-products have no end of uses, as it was revealed that spent grain could be used to clean up radioactivity at the Dounreay nuclear site near (from BBC News).

New Releases
The biggest release of the month was the unveiling of Diageo’s Special Release, which you can read about here and here.

William Grant & Sons have been busy over the past month.  Glenfiddch has launched a new 14 year old, which has been matured in ex-Bourbon American oak casks before being finished in deep charred new American oak from The Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky (from The Spirits Business).  The Balvenie is celebrating the 53-year service of malt master David Stewart with the launch of 25 rare single cask Scotch Whiskies in the form of The Balvenie DCS Compendium (from The Spirits Business).  And two new whiskies from little known distillery Kininvie have also appeared (from Imbibe).

Over on Islay, to coincidence with the distillery’s 200th anniversary, Laphroig has unveiled a 32 year old expression (from Drinks International).  And Bowmore has announced the third and final release in its Devil’s Casks Series (form The Whisky Business).

Chivas Brothers has launched The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Whisky – the distillery’s first peated-style whisky since the 1980s (from Just Drinks).  GlenDronach distillery has released the twelfth batch of its single cask bottlings, which comprised nine Pedro Ximenez-matured whiskies (from The Spirits Business).  And Isle of Arran Distillery has released a new no-age statement whisky – The Bothy Quarter Cask (from The Whisky Business).

Glenmorangie is gearing up for the festive seasons with the release of a new limited edition whisky – ‘A Midwinter Night’s Dram’ (from The Drinks Report).  Beam Suntoy has also added to The Ardmore range with a new Port Wood Finish (from The Whisky Business).

Amongst the independent bottlers, Adelphi has celebrated the long history of Scottish and Japanese cultural collaboration with a new blend – The Glover (from The Drinks Business).  And Douglas Laing announced the first in a new three part Island Scotch malt whisky trilogy (from The Whisky Business).

Further afield, The English Whisky Co has launched its first ever Triple Distilled Single Malt (from Norfolk Tourist Attractions).  West Cork Distillers, one of only three independent whiskey distillers in Ireland, has revealed a new whiskey in partnership with The Pogues (from The Drinks Business).  And Beam Suntory is introducing Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select into travel retail (From The Drinks Report).

And finally
The Drinks Report takes a look at the history of Scotch Whisky labels (from The Drinks Report).