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Haig Club And The Whisky Industry’s Unhealthy Obsession With Asia

April 12, 2016
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An interesting article about an upcoming new release of Haig Club was published on the media and marketing website The Drum yesterday.

Ardbeg’s Annual Struggle For More Of The Same

March 16, 2016
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Once more, Ardbeg has delivered a very good whisky. And once more again all those were disappointed who had hoped for something really special.

Old-Fashioned Cocktail Tartlets

March 6, 2016
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The Old-Fashioned is one of my favourite cocktails. Its simplicity makes is very easy to transfer the concept to baking. It only containes bourbon, sugar and cocktail bitters.

Bankruptcy and Unanswered Questions – Disturbing Whisky Investment News

February 8, 2016

Last week two different news related to whisky investment hit my inbox and they don’t sound very promising.

9 Alternatives To Whisky

January 26, 2016

With whisky prices continually rising, many are looking into malternatives. Here is an quick overview of the most important categories.

Even Haggis Is Becoming Premiumised In Scotland

January 23, 2016
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This a whisky blog, but as we all know whisky and haggis gang thegither, so I am sure you will excuse this little deviation.

Can Three Singletons Become The World’s Best Selling Single Malt?

November 17, 2015
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Last week Diageo announced its plans to bring their Singleton brand to the top of the sales statistics.

Warning: McTear’s To Sell Original Rare Whisky Labels

November 8, 2015
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McTear’s is going to auction off several sets of old whisky labels in pristine condition on 18th November. It does not take much imagination what could happen if these labels got into the wrong hands.

Will There Be Original MGP Whisky Bottlings In The Future?

October 22, 2015
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Today The Spirits Business reports that MGP is investing $16+ million to double their warehouse capacity. The article also contains a very interesting quote from MGP CEO Gus Griffin.

The Balvenie DCS Compendium – An Example For The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Of Luxury

October 14, 2015
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The brave new whisky world has seen yet another big launch event for an expensive whisky set yesterday. Balvenie presented the DCS Compendium to celebrate “Malt Master” David C Stewart.

American Whiskey Co. – The Phantom Whisky Company

October 2, 2015
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A few months ago I was pointed to the Facbook page of a new whisky company called American Whiskey Co. “Yet another one” was my first thought. But when I took a closer look I noticed this is not your usual “craft distiller” startup.

Bowmore Mizunara Cask – £450+ Surcharge Per Bottle For A Finishing Cask

August 19, 2015
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A while ago I made the decision not to comment on indivudual bottle prices anymore on this blog. There are just too many overpriced offerings these days. But I will make an exception for the new Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish.

Glann Ar Mor – Or What’s The Point Of PGI?

August 6, 2015
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It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride for the Glann ar Mor distillery in Brittany. In early July they announced that the distillery will close for good. Today the news is out that the distillery will not close after all.

Lessons From The Silver Trail Distillery Disaster

July 30, 2015

As many of you certainly know there was a fatal accident on 24th April at Silver Trail Distillery in Kentucky. A still exploded and severely hurt two stillmen, one of which later died from his injuries. Now the report of the Kentucky State Fire Marshal on this accident has been published.

Photo Finish Between Age Statement And NAS Whisky In Big Blind Tasting

June 21, 2015
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Three months ago I announced my plans for a large scale blind tasting in order to compare pairs of Scotch NAS bottlings to age statement counterparts of the same distillery. Finally, the results are ready to be published.

Ardbeg Day Oberschleißheim 2015

June 6, 2015
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Imagine my surprise when I received an invitation to what was called “Ardbeg Day Munich”, only to find out that the venue actually was in Oberschleißheim where I live.

Blade And Bow – Diageo’s Latest Attempt To Cash In On Stitzel-Weller?

May 18, 2015
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Last week Diageo announced their new bourbon brand Blade and Bow. The provenance of these whiskies is very interesting.

Sinfully Thinn – The Light Whisky That Has Everyone Confused

April 20, 2015

A new whisky brand has just been announced in the USA: Sinfully Thin Light Whiskey. The website currently only consists of a landing page but there are already reports on many websites that express bewilderment about this alleged diet whisky.

The Ugly Side Of Whisky Geekery

April 12, 2015

Despite all efforts to interest more women in it, whisky is still very much dominated by men. And apparently it is a natural law that where there is an abundance of men, there is also sexism.

Scotch Whisky Learns The Law Of Price Elasticity

April 1, 2015

The Scotch Whisky sales statistics for 2014 is out today, as published by the Scotch Whisky Association. Total exports dropped by 7% in value globally. If you have been following the individual sales figures of big industry players like Diageo and Pernod Ricard this will hardly come as a surprise to you.