Weekly Booze News! – 15/01/2017

1. Parker Beam, sixth generation master blender for Heaven Hill, has sadly passed away at the age of 75 after a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Read more here. 

2. Donegal, Ireland, is to welcome its first distillery for 175 years after full planning permission is granted to Shliabh Liag Distillery. Read more here.

3. Chivas Regal announces the launch of its 2017 Masters Competition, with the final to take place in Toyko. Read more here.

4. Black Cow vodka, which is the first vodka made entirely from milk, will open its Dorset based distillery to the public April 2017. Read more here.

5. Roust, maker of Zubrowka and Russian Standard vodka, has filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Read more here. 

6. The U.K’s most northernly mainland distillery, Dunnet Bay, has released The Lassies Toast Gin in celebration of Burns Night on 25th January. Read more here.

7. Diageo has launched three new Johnnie Walker ranges through its brand in Singapore, to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2017. Read more here. 

8. Highland distillery Dalmore has released a 50 year old single malt Scotch whisky, priced at £50,000, to celebrate master distiller Richard Paterson’s 50 years in the industry. Read more here.

9. Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has added 3 whiskies to its Hong Kong portfolio, in a move to bolster its premium spirits offering in the region. Read more here. 

10. The Remy Cointreau Group has closed its transaction to acquire 100% of France’s Domaine des Hautes Glaces whisky distillery for an undisclosed sum. Read more here.

Weekly Booze News – 07/10/2016

1. Chivas Regal release their very first blended malt: Ultis. It is made up of five Speyside whiskies, to reflect the five master blenders since 1909. Read more here..

2. Limestone Branch Distillery release Yellowstone 2016 Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon. This is made up of two rye-mash bourbons, one 12YO and one 7YO, finished in toasted wine barrels. Read more here.

3. The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show took place in London. The theme of the show was “Masterpieces”. Read more here.

Chivas Regal Ultis

4. That Boutique-y Whisky Company 4 new bottlings.are now available to buy. These include Slyrs 3 Year Old, FEW 2 Year Old, Blended Whisky #2 18 Year Old and Blended Whisky #3 23 Year Old. Read more here.

5. Utah High West Distillery in America was bought for $160 million by Constellation Brands, the company behind Corona, Svedka Vodka and other big brands. Read more here.

6. Fusion Whisky, the company that released the ‘world’s first’ Scottish-Japanese blend The Glover has announced a Scotch-Indian Fusion! Working with Indian whisky producer Amrut, we can expect to see it released in the next few weeks – so you may have found a new stocking filler (admittedly, an expensive stocking filler). Read more here.

The Glover Range

Weekly Booze News – 30/09/2016

1. Hunter Laing’s Ardnahoe Islay distillery was formally approved. It will be the ninth distillery on the island, and the first since Kilchoman was established a decade ago. Read more here. 
2. Dalmore announced a new 35 year old, aged in Bourbon barrel, a Matusalem Sherry Butt and a Port Colheita Pipe. Read more here.
3. Compass Box announced two new releases: Three Year Old Deluxe and Spice Tree Extravaganza (see their webstie for more info). However, the company have ended their transparency drive for now after reaching a legal compromise. They must not actively promote the components and ages of whisky used in their blends, but can provide the information when asked. Read more here.

Compass Box New Releases

4. Ancnoc officially launched their first single cask, an 11 year old matured in ex-bourbon casks, in celebratiom of 60yrs of La Maison du Whisky. Read more here.
5.  Rampur release Indian single malt whisky from the Himalayas, which will be available from October. Read more here.
6. English Whisky Company unveil rebrand, along with two new expressions: Original and Smokey. Read more here.

English Whisky Co. Rebrand

7. Tamnavulin launched its first single malt in 20 years, in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. The release is a Double Cask (American Oak and Sherry Butts). Read more here.

8. Wales officailly becomes a whisky nation, after Dà Mhile release new single grain. To be a whisky nation, a country must have at least two functioning distillery. Read more here.
9. Three Ships Whisky (South African) launched the world’s first pinotage cask whisky, a 15 year old. It is also the oldest whisky produced in South Africa. Read more here.

Three Ships 15YO Pinotage Cask Finish

10. Legal break through in Taiwan as Scotch Whisky become a registered certification trade mark, giving the industry protection against fakes. Read more here.