Whisky Business

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.