Whisky Business

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.

Diageo “Whisky For Fools” Collection 2013 Released

September 3, 2013
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Thoughts on the 2013 Special Releases

The Dalmore Paterson Collection – A Master Blender’s Legacy Or Megalomania?

July 16, 2013
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Things had become a bit quiet, but now The Dalmore is back, with a set of twelve bottles just barely avoiding the One Million Pound barrier.

Breaking News: Arizona Micro Distiller Revolutionizes Craft Whisky With Cold Filtration

June 14, 2013
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Some sensational whisky news is coming out of the Arizona desert. Arizona Distilling Co. in Tempe treats their Copper City Bourbon with a revolutionary process called Cold Filtration.

Does Whisky Belong To The Scots?

May 18, 2013

Originally I was determined to refrain from any further comments on World Whisky Day, but a Huffington Post article by David Robertson rendered my decision obsolete.

Scotch Whisky’s Obsession With Wood

April 29, 2013
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It all started with Glenmorangie.since the 1990s the concept of multiple cask maturation of whisky ahs been established in the industry.

The Whisky Trading Company – Dancing On The Volcano

March 17, 2013

Yet another time the issue of investing in whisky resurfaces. In a way this is starting to get tiresome, but I believe this news is too important to be ignored.

Alexander & James – Diageo’s Shop For The Rich And Naive

February 15, 2013
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A new online shop for spirits has been launched by Diageo. Alexander & James is named after Alexander Walker and James Buchanan, the founders of two of Diageo’s most popular whisky brands.

Is Whisky The New Vodka?

February 5, 2013

One of the major recent trends in the spirits industry certainly is flavoured vodka. Now it looks as if the flavouring virus has also hit the whisky producers.

The Whisky Year 2012 In The Rear-View Mirror

January 2, 2013

Looking back at 2012, it was quite a turbulent year in the whisky business, particularly in the second half. Lots of things have happened, so it is worthwhile to take a break and reflect some of the major milestones.

Why Whisky Isn’t Wine

December 8, 2012

David Driscoll’s Thursday post on the K&L Wines blog brought up an interesting comparison between whisky and wine that I think needs further examination.

Will Bruichladdich Become The New Dalmore?

November 28, 2012

Yesterday I came across a news article in French about Rémy Cointreau’s plans for the newly acquired Bruichladdich distillery

Diageo Buys United Spirits – Possible Consequences

November 12, 2012

On Friday, the long-negotiated deal between Diageo and United spirits has finally been finalized. Diageo pays £1.3 billion for a 53.4% stake in the company.