Stay tuned as every Friday we’ll be bringing you the news that matters in the whisky world as well as what’s being going on in our stores nationwide and this week’s brand new releases.

Love has well and truly been in the air this week but there's also been a lot of movement in the whisky industry. Let's take a look at this weeks biggest stories.

Whiskey Exports From US To UK Double In A Decade

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) recently published their Market Report showing that the equivalent of 27.6m bottles of US whiskey were exported to the UK in 2018. This is an increase of more than 14m bottles compared to 2008.

The total value of the imported whiskey category was worth almost $1 billion USD last year which is almost £800 million.

Blanton's Gold Edition Single Barrel
£99.00 - BUY NOW

Jack Daniel's 150th Anniversary 100 Proof
£150.00 - BUY NOW

Booker's Batch No 2018-01e
£78.00 - BUY NOW

Record breaking year for UK whisky auctions as
more than 100,000 bottles sold

The UK’s rare whisky auction market broke records in 2018 as more than 100,000 bottles were sold in 12 months for the very first time.

The value of the bottles sold also shattered the previous record as the total exceeded £40 million in 2018.

These figures come from investment experts and whisky analysts Rare Whisky 101.

Their findings also show the value of Single Malt Scotch whisky sold at auction increased by 63% to £40.7 million with the volume of bottles sold through auction increasing by 29% to 107,890.

The average price per bottle sold at auction in 2018 also increased to a new record of £377.91 compared to £299.36 the previous year.

Number of Kentucky distilleries triple in 10

Dr Paul Coomes and Barry Kornstein in conjunction with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) published The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Distilling Industry in Kentucky report.

We understand that there are now 68 distilleries in the state of Kentucky, an increase of 258% since 2009. In fact, there are now 32 counties in Kentucky that have at least one distillery compared to eight in 2009, with distilling contributing $8.6 billion USD annually to the Kentucky economy.

Maker's Mark Private Select TWS Exclusive
£85.00 - BUY NOW

Noah's Mill Bourbon
£85.00 - BUY NOW

Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
£49.00 - BUY NOW

Irish Whiskey granted legal protection in Australia

The Irish Whiskey category has been registered as a certification mark in Australia for the first time. This will help the industry better combat fakes according to the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA).

Carleen Madigan, legal advisor for the IWA says “This registration means Irish whiskey for the first time is protected and defined in Australian law, which will greatly enhance our ability to take action against rogue traders. This will ensure Irish whiskey maximises its potential and maintains its growth trajectory.”

Australia is a rapidly growing market for Irish Whiskey exports with it already being a top 10 market. Irish whiskey also gained greater legal protection in Asia following the signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement last year.

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength
£89.00 - BUY NOW

Green Spot
£44.00 - BUY NOW

Tullamore DEW 14 Year Old
£57.00 - BUY NOW

Diageo submits Johnnie Walker Visitor Centre Plans

Diageo submitted a proposal for a seven floor visitor experience in Edinburgh on the famous Princes Street.

The proposal outlines plans to keep many of the heritage features of the building they’re seeking to use as the site.

Diageo global scotch whisky director, Cristina Diezhandino, said “Our ambition is to create a visitor experience that will rank not only as one of the greatest whisky attractions of the world, but one of the greatest brand attractions in any industry, putting Scotland at the forefront of the global boom in experiential travel.”

The plans include:

  • A multi-sensory, immersive visitor experience across three floors, guiding people through the 200 year history of the brand, the art and science of whisky-making, and taking them on a journey through the flavours of Scotland.
  • A flexible events space for staging music, theatre, arts and community events, making the venue part of the thriving cultural life of the city.
  • A bar academy that will be a home for Diageo’s award-winning Learning for Life programme, which creates training and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry for unemployed people, and works to improve hospitality standards and promotes the responsible serving and consumption of alcohol.
  • Roof-top bars with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and across the city skyline to east, west and north, with the intention of making it one of the world’s most extraordinary iconic hospitality destinations.
  • At street level the plans include a significant retail space, bringing a contemporary shopping experience and interior design inspired by the Johnnie Walker retail flagship store in Madrid, which opened in November.

Economic projections for the plans indicate that when fully operational it will create between 160 and 180 new full-time equivalent jobs and generate in the region of £135 million in tourism spend in the wider Edinburgh economy through the visitors it attracts to the city.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label With Engraving
£159.00 - BUY NOW

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare: Port Ellen
£275.00 - BUY NOW

Johnnie Walker Double Black Label
£33.00 - BUY NOW

Penderyn Whisky set to open brand new visitor

Plans for Penderyn’s new visitor centre in Swansea are well under way with work expected to start later this year on a distillery and visitor centre at the historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site.

The discussed site and listed building is set to house a distillery, offices and a VIP bar in the fully refurbished powerhouse building, whilst a new-build visitor centre with shop, tasting bar and exhibition space is also due to the built at the historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site.

Penderyn Portwood
£68.00 - BUY NOW

Penderyn Sherrywood
£56.00 - BUY NOW

Penderyn Madeira Finish
£44.00 - BUY NOW

New Releases

Take a look at a selection of our newer releases. Our full range can be found here

Macallan 1949 52 Year Old (Cask 935) Old & Rare
£41,000.00 - BUY NOW

Arran 21 Year Old
£125.00 - BUY NOW

Glendronach Grandeur Batch 10 27 Year Old
£499.00 - BUY NOW

The Loch Fyne The Living Cask Batch 7
£45.00 - BUY NOW

Amrut Naarangi
£155.00 - BUY NOW

Amrut Madeira Cask
£160.00 - BUY NOW