It may be a summer holiday weekend in the U.S., but it’s the middle of winter in Australia. The inaugural Whisky Live Sydney will be held the week of August 31 through September 6, and organizer Doug van Tienen explains the emphasis on events for bar and restaurant staff as well as whisky lovers. He’ll also update us on the growing number of Australian whisky distilleries. In the news, Diageo announces major cuts in Scotland, more details on the John Ramsay Glenrothes release, and word on limited-edition releases from The Balvenie and Old Pulteney.

Links:  Whisky Live Sydney | Diageo | Johnnie Walker | The Glenrothes | The Balvenie | Old Pulteney | New York Spirits Awards | Laphroaig | Maker’s Mark