September’s Whisky News

More new distilleries, mixed financial figures and loads of new releases – here’s all the latest whisky news.

Industry Updates
Hunter Laing & Co has been granted planning permission to build Islay’s ninth distillery, Ardnahoe Loch (BQ Live). A new £5.3 million visitor attraction is being created to mark Scotland’s intriguing illicit whisky history (The Scotsman).

The Scotch Whisky Association has secured legal protection against fake products in Taiwan – its forth biggest export market (STV News). And the Scotch whisky industry has introduced new environmental targets, updating the first targets introduced seven years ago (BBC News).  And you can read my thoughts on it here.

Rupert Patrick is to revive the James Eadie whisky brand – which was launched by his great-great grandfather 150 year ago – with a selection of single cask and small batch bottlings (BQ Live).

William Grants & Sons has posted record profits of £177.2 million before tax, helped by surging sales of Glenfiddich and Hendrick’s gin (The Herald). And Tullibardine Distillery has more than doubled its pre-tax profits to £3.8 million, as revenue climbed 25 per cent to £20m (The Herald).

Scotch whisky exports have risen for the first time in three years, with the equivalent of 533 million bottles shipped in the first six months of 2016 (BBC News). However, Pernod Ricard has suffered a double-digit sales slump in China (Press & Journal).

According to Rare Whiskies 1010, the value of collectible Scotch whisky bottles soared 25% in the first half of 2016 (The Spirits Business).

Speyside’s Malt Whisky Trail has been relaunched, in a bid to boost whisky tourism in the area (BQ Live). A new Scotch malt whisky diploma has been launched in Edinburgh, which claims to be the first independent vocational qualification (The Drinks Business).

Ian MacLeod Distillers has snapped up the Spencerfield Spirit Company, whose brands include Sheep Dip and Edinburgh Gin (BBC News).

The English Whisky Company has unveiled a new look packaging and branding, along with two new expressions (The Whisky Business).

Congratulations to Wales, which is set to become a whisky producing country, as Dà Mhìle Distillery bottles its first single grain expression (Wales Online).

And Richard Paterson – the man with the £1.6m rose – celebrates 50 years in the whisky industry (STV News).

New Releases

  • anCNoc 2005 Cask 427 – released to mark the 60th anniversary of French whisky specialists, La Maison du Whisky (The Whisky Business)
  • anCnoc Stack – another addition to the distillery’s peated range (The Whisky Business)
  • anCnoc Rùdhan and Black Hill Reserve – the travel retail exclusive bottlings were unveiled at TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes (DFNI Online)
  • Ardbeg Twenty One – a whisky from a time when the distillery’s future was uncertain (The Whisky Business)
  • Benromach Hermitage 2007 – the whisky has been finished in casks that once held wine from the Hermitage Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (The Spirits Business)
  • Big Peat Christmas Edition – the sixth such release vats together all the active distilleries on Islay, plus long-closed Port Ellen (Imbibe)
  • Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe & Spice Tree Extravaganza – lots of detail from Compass Box about their new releases (The Whisky Business)
  • The Dalmore 35 Year Old – the new release has been aged in bourbon, sherry and port casks (The Spirits Business)
  • Diageo Special Releases – the annual release of ten whiskies includes a 40 Year Old single grain from Cambus and a £2,500 bottling of Port Ellen (The Drinks Business)
  • Douglas Laing Yula Chapter 2: 21 Year Old – the second bottling in the three-part Yula series (The Whisky Business)
  • Glen Scotia & Loch Lomond whiskies have announced four new expressions (The Spirits Business)
  • Glenfiddich IPA and Project XX – the first two releases from the distillery’s new experimental series (The Whisky Business)
  • The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 – the whisky has an RRP of £25,000 (The Whisky Business)
  • Johnnie Walker Red Rye Finish – the first of a three-part series of flavour experiments (Scotch Whisky)
  • Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky – the first release from the distillery in the UK (The Whisky Business)
  • Royal Salute 32 Year Old: Union of the Crowns – the new release is exclusive to travel retail (The Whisky Business)
  • Scapa Glansa – the first peated expression from the Orkney distillery (The Whisky Business)
  • Tamnavulin Double Cask – the first release from the distiller in over two decades (Scotch Whisky)
  • Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Cask Finish – the oldest whisky to date launched in South Africa and the first to been finished in Pinotage casks (The Drinks Business)
  • Tomatin distillery is introducing a range of duty free products, with a series of exclusive whiskies (The Drinks Report).
  • Wolfburn Aurora – the second release from Scotland’s most northerly whisky producer (Scotch Whisky)

And finally
Amazon Echo (it’s coming to the UK soon) can now teach you a thing or two about whisky (TechRadar).