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The Dark Side Of The Booze

August 29, 2014
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After the article about the environmental impact of alcohol this is about the impact that alcohol has on ourselves.

American Blended Whisky – Exploring Terra Incognita

August 24, 2014
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The United States of America are currently suffering an unprecedented bourbon and craft whisky craze. But there is a type of American whisky that is almost unkown in Europe: American blends.

The Environmental Impact Of Alcoholic Drinks Production

August 22, 2014
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Probably not everyone is aware what a huge impact this industry has on our environment

Benriach vs. Diageo Or Malts vs. Blends From A Business Perspective

August 11, 2014

It’s the season for annual company results and so far we have seen some interesting developments in the whisky business.

Syndicate 58/6 – A Lesson In Storytelling

August 10, 2014

A few days ago an article on the Forbes website announced “A Rare Scottish Whiskey Discovered In 1958 Is Finally Available To Buyers”. Now this looks exclusive, doesn’t it?

Aultmore XO – A Main Problem Of NAS Exposed

August 3, 2014
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There is a new bottling in the Douglas Laing Old Particular range, apparently exclusive to Tel Aviv Airport Duty Free. It is called “Aultmore XO” and sells for $113.

Are You Being Priced Out Too?

July 23, 2014
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I haven’t been buying much whisky lately. Not because I did not want to, there are plenty of interesting bottles on the market.

Thank you for being honest, Dr. Lumsden

July 9, 2014

Yesterday the Spirits Business website published a highly interesting article with statements by LVMH’s “head of whisky creation” Dr. Bill Lumsden about the future of NAS whisky

It’s Only Whisky. Or Isn’t It?

July 6, 2014

Reflections on collected criticism of me and my blog.

Nomad Whisky by Gonzales Byass – Not So Unique After All

July 5, 2014

Last week the famous sherry producer Gonzales Byass presented their new Nomad Whisky in Taipeh. Turns out that multi-country maturation is not such a new concept.

An Update On Whisky Inflation

June 30, 2014
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In November 2012, nearly 18 months ago, I took a closer look at whisky inflation since 2002. I will try to make it a tradition to look at the price development from time to time.

Slyrs Revisited

June 23, 2014
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Last weekend I invited my fellow Malt Manaics to a barbecue. We were also invited by Slyrs to a special tour of their distillery.

Whisky Myths Debunked #12 – Spelling Is Important

June 16, 2014
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Oh, how I wish I did not have to write this article

Am I A Binge Drinker?

May 29, 2014
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If your hobby (or profession for that matter) involves the consumption of hard liqour, it is advisable to take a step back from time to time and look at your alcohol intake as objectively as possible.

The Nikka Samurai Paradox

May 23, 2014
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Can you imagine paying €180 for a bottle of whisky that is available for €25 elsewhere? Sounds hard to believe but it is true.

Ardbeg Auriverdes Launch, Bar Gabányi, Munich

May 20, 2014
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It’s that time of year again, Ardbeg release their eagerly anticipated annual special bottling.

To Scotland, Meeting Friends

May 15, 2014
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The first part of my travel report

How Some US And Scottish Distillers Are Doing Exactly The Opposite To Stay Competitive

April 17, 2014
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US and Scottish distillers reacting differently in order to stay profitable, an apparent paradox.

When Was Scotch Grain Whisky Invented?

April 12, 2014
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Grain whisky has been put on the agrnda by industry giants. But its history is far from well-known.

What We Can Learn From Old Whisky Ads And Bottles

April 11, 2014
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I have been avidly collecting old whisky adverts over tha past years, There are a number of interesting things to be learned from these, so here is wrapping it up a bit: