Whisky Business

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.