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Is The Athenaeum Speyside Whisky Correctly Labelled?

January 30, 2015
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A few days ago I read two articles about the new house whisky of the Athenaeum Hotel in London. Both mention that the whisky also contains Highland whisky.

Mark Bylok – The Whisky Cabinet

January 29, 2015
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A while ago I was contacted by Canadian author Mark Bylok if I was interested in a review copy of his book “The Whisky Cabinet”. New whisky books are always interesting to look at, so I agreed.

Diageo Tightens The Screw On Suppliers To Improve Cash Flow

January 27, 2015
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Here is a bit of fresh news that I can not leave uncommented. The Drinks Business reports that Diageo has announced to delay payment for newly contracted suppliers from 60 to 90 days.

Is Older And More Expensive Whisky Really Better?

January 15, 2015
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Some number crunching with the results of the Malt Maniacs Awards 2014

Dewar’s New Ad Campaign – Lesson Learned

December 17, 2014
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The end of a development that might well be considered a textbook case study about PR failures.

Blast From The Past – What Old Whisky News Can Tell Us

November 24, 2014

Lately I have been digging around a bit in whisky news from previous years found via Google. Some rather interesting observations can be made if you read those old articles now and compare them to the situation today.

A New Whisky Crisis Looms – Scotch Distillers Running Out Of Names

October 30, 2014

We haven’t quite digested yesterdays’ news of Diageo freezing some of their expansion investements yet, and now another blow is hitting the Scotch whisky industry. The names for Scotch whisky are running out faster than expected.

Diageo And The Pitfalls Of Boom And Bust

October 29, 2014
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Some rather shocking whisky news came out today: Diageo has put their plans for certain distillery expansions on hold, including Teaninich, Mortlach and Clynelish.

Master Of Malt Reference Series Update – E150a Influence

October 13, 2014
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Back in April Master of Malt released a special range of blended malt whiskies that they were going to use for experiments. Now there have been the first additions

Balcones – Showdown In Waco

October 10, 2014

A tragedy is taking place in Waco, and sadly it is about the fate of the Balcones distillery.

America Needs Better Whisky Regulations

September 18, 2014

The regulations are a jungle that has grown beyond control, and it needs someone with a regulatory machete to cut a new path through the thicket.

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.