Catching up on Friday (31 August 2018)

Catching up on Friday (30 August 2018)

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.


A brief summary of press releases and industry news from the world of whisky.

50 years of Gordon & Macphail's Connoisseurs Choice

One of Scotland's most renowned independent bottlers Gordon and Macphail celebrates the 50th birthday of the Connoisseurs Choice brand in 2018.

Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice

Source: Gordon & Macphail

And the new Glasgow distillery will be...

Douglas Laing & Co announced that its new distillery in Glasgow is to be named the Clutha Distillery. ‘Clutha’, meaning Clyde in Gaelic will sit on the banks of the river in the heart of the city.

Douglas Laing Clutha Distillery.

Source: Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing Private Stock

Douglas Laing & Co. have announced the release of Private Stock - a brand new web-exclusive series as part of their ongoing 70th-anniversary celebrations. The Private Stock series will see the family-owned company open up their private whisky collection for the very first time. The first release of the Private Stock collection will be a particularly limited Ledaig 21YO single cask.

Douglas Laing Private Stock

Source: Douglas Laing

Fistful of Bourbon (and Dollars)

William Grant & Sons - Glenfiddich and The Balvenie - introduces a blend of five straight bourbons blended by Brian Kinsman. The blend is said to contain five distinct flavour groups – balanced and sweet; green, leafy floral; soft spices and hints of nutmeg; buttery toffee; and cinnamon and liquorice.

Fistfullof Bourbon

Source: William Grant & Sons


Some exciting whispers we heard through the barley. True or not. Alas, nothing to report!

A musical trio of SMWS whiskies from the same mother cask

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is planning a release of three whiskies from the same mother cask. All three whiskies are 22 years old but have different ABVs. I suspect the whiskies have been finished in three very different casks.

A trio of SMWS whiskies from the same mother cask

A trio of SMWS whiskies from the same mother cask

A trio of SMWS whiskies from the same mother cask

Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…

Source: Colas Public Registry

Interesting reads, sees and hears

That's it for this week, folks!