Whisky Business

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.

Dewar’s Rebranding Just Months After Pulling Sexist Ad

April 8, 2014
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Whisky brand revamps are usually non-events here on Dramming. But reading yesterday’s news that Dewar’s had ‘unveiled’ a new look for its range, this just cannot be left uncommented.

The Misleading Rarity Argument In Whisky Pricing

April 3, 2014

We can see that rarity is a complex phenomenon in the whisky market, and it is often used more as an excuse than as a necessity to raise prices.

Diageo Officially Confirms NAS Whisky Is Just A Marketing Stunt

April 1, 2014

Oh dear, what has become of No Age Statement whisky.

Platinum Whisky Investment Fund – David Robertson Strikes Again

March 18, 2014

Yesterday the former Dalmore “Director of Rare Whisky” David Robertson presented a new private equity fund called Platinum Whisky Investment Fund to be launched in Hong Kong.

Bladnoch – Liquidation In Times Of Boom

March 17, 2014
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Today a disturbing piece of whisky news shocked readers on Facbook and Twitter: Bladnoch Distillery has gone into liquidation.

Meanwhile In America: The NDP Debate

March 16, 2014

Despite the “Everything Whisky” tagline, this blog mostly is about Scotch whisky. But every once in a while it is worth to take a look across the Atlantic Ocean.

Mortlach Blues – How To Offend Those Who Made It Possible

March 5, 2014
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Yesterday was a day I had been awaiting with a mixture of hope and fear. Diageo finally announced the pricing and the bottle design of their new Mortlach range.

Whisky.com Was Sold for $3.1 Million

February 28, 2014

Back in January I reported the news that the whisky.com domain had been sold to German retailer The Whisky Store. Now the details of the deal have been made public by the seller.

The Mechanism Of NAS, Travel Retail And Whisky Price Inflation

February 22, 2014

Let’s try to put together some puzzle pieces that have emerged in the recent blog carnival about NAS whisky.

A List Of NAS Travel Retail Exclusive Whiskies and When They Came Out

February 20, 2014

The development of a controversial trend

Three Current Trends In Whisky And Why They Are Worrysome

February 12, 2014

The last years have seen quite a change in the fomerly so conservative whisky business. I see three major trends, and I must admit that none of them makes me happy.

So Much For The Boom In China

January 31, 2014

Yesterday Diageo published their sales figures for the second half of 2013. They were worse than expected.

On The Quest For Laphroaig Cask Strength

January 29, 2014
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A few days ago, after a hard day’s work, I had the sudden desire to pour myself a dram of Laphroaig Cask Strength. There was just a tiny little problem. I had no Laphroaig Cask Strength.

German Retailer The Whisky Store Buys whisky.com Domain

January 6, 2014

Yesterday on Facebook I was pointed to the fact that the whisky.com domain apparently had changed ownership.

Another Day, Another New Whisky Auction

December 13, 2013

Last year I took a closer look at whisky price inflation, This year in particular has seen a different kind of whisky inflation: a steadily rising number of whisky auction companies.

Baron Dewar – Crash Landing Of A Glasgow Superhero

December 11, 2013
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With the latest TV ad for their “The Drinking Man’s Scotch” campaign, Dewar’s has nominated a promising contender for the PR Fail Of The Year Award 2013.

Black Bottle – Relaunch Of A Blend To Fight The Precedence Of Single Malt

October 2, 2013
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Burn Stewart Distillers have announced a relaunch of their Black Bottle blend with both product and packaging changed.

The Alrik From Glen Els – The German Ardbeg Look-Alike

September 18, 2013
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The Hammerschmide distillery in Zorge is offering a single malt called The Alrik under their Glen Els whisky brand. Anyone familiar with the distilleries on Islay will notice a striking resemblence of the bottle design to Ardbeg.

Always Wanted To Distill? Why Not Become A Diageo Puppet?

September 17, 2013

In conjunction with ‘business accelerator’ Independents United, Diageo has launched a new service called Distill Ventures. The company will invest in young spirits businesses to help them grow.