Whisky Business

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.

The Nikka Samurai Paradox

May 23, 2014
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Can you imagine paying €180 for a bottle of whisky that is available for €25 elsewhere? Sounds hard to believe but it is true.

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.