Catching up on Friday (23 June 2017)

After a busy week, I'll try to get you up to speed in less than two minutes on the latest whisky news, rumours and interesting blog posts from the past week.


Duvel Barrel Aged

A few months ago my favourite beer brand announced they would bottle a barrel aged Duvel. The beer matured for six months in 100 ex-bourbon casks from Four Roses and Buffalo Trace. The ABV rose from 8.5% ABV to 11.5% ABV. 24.000 bottles will be put on sale. The first online batch on Thursday sold out in the blink of an eye. Some supermarkets will have it in stock as of 26 June. (I secured 2 of them so I'll keep you posted on it).


Arran Smugglers Series vol. 3 The Exciseman

The Isle of Arran Distillery announced the third and final volume in their collectable Smugglers Series. After The Illicit Stills and High Waters Arran pays tribute to those who tried to outwit the gauger or exciseman. The release is planned for 12 July.
Arran Smugglers Series vol. 3 The Exciseman

Source: Isle of Arran Distillers

Bowmore named Ron Welsh as new Master Blender

Beam Suntory named Rachel Barrie's successor after her departure to Brown Forman as whisky maker for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh. Ron Welsh, who previously worked as senior manager of inventory management and spirit quality, will oversee the Beam Suntory whiskies.

Source: The Spirits Business

Bulleit Bourbon 10YO

Diageo re-introduced the Bulleit 10yo with a mash bill of 68% corn, 28% rye, 4% malted barley.  whiskey is bottled at 45.6% ABV.

Bulleit Bourbon 10YO

Source: The Spirits Business

The future of Gartbreck Distillery remains uncertain

It doesn't look like Glann Ar Mor's Jean Donnay will lay the first stone of his Islay distillery any time soon. It appears he and Hunter Laing are disputing a strip of land adjoining the Gartbreck site. To be continued for sure... 


The Macallan Classic Cut

A label for a new NAS Macallan turned up in the ubiquitous Public Colas Registry. The Macallan Classic Cut will be the Cask Strength's successor. The whisky matured in seasoned Oloroso casks. Seasoned is the marketing speak to say that the cask was never really used to mature sherry but specially commissioned casks by the whisky industry.

The Macallan Classic Cut
Source: A Tasty Dram Tumblr

Some more interesting reads

Greg Dillon - Visiting the Islay festival with our baby (

That's it. See you next week folks! Enjoy the weekend with a dram or two.