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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.

Blind Tasting Project – NAS vs. Age Statement

March 25, 2015

To find out how NAS whisky really stands up against age statement whisky a blind tasting might be a good idea because it eliminates any prejudices by design.

Blue Books For Brown Tulips

March 13, 2015

Facebook is always a good place to find interesting whisky related information. Recently someone posted the link to a blog article on First We Feast about two price tracking websites for rare bourbon bottles. The sites are called Bourbon Blue Book and Bottle Blue Book.

Red Onion Confit With Maple Syrup And Bourbon

February 25, 2015
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I haven’t used whisky in cooking for a while which is a bit of a shame for a combined food and whisky blogger. Here is a recipe for a condiment that can be served with most kinds of barbecued and roast meat as well as steaks.

Obscene Desires At Annandale

February 23, 2015
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Starting a Scotch whisky distillery from scratch is not easy. The new Annandale distillery has come up with an ingenious idea for funding.

Glenlivet 12 Discontinued In Key Markets – Age Doesn’t Matter So Much Anymore For Chivas

February 8, 2015
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Another sobering piece of whisky news has just hit my RSS feed. In his blog Words of Whisky Thijs Klaverstijn reports that Pernod Ricard has confirmed that Glenlivet 12 will be discontinued in a number of markets.

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.