Whisky Business

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.

A Closer Look At Whisky Inflation

November 5, 2012
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Lamenting about rising whisky prices has become a regular pastime. So I think it is time to have a closer look at how much prices have actually risen over the last years.

How Bonhams Helps To Inflate The Bubble – A Case Study

October 31, 2012

This is a followup to my recent article about the failed Bowmore 1957 auction. After it had been published I was pointed to an interesting blog post that gives us a different angle on the whisky pricing issue.

The Party May Be Over Soon

October 29, 2012

Musings about failed luxury whisky auctions and whisky investment

The “Health” Of Independent Bottlings Per Distillery

September 22, 2012

I have done some number crunching with the bottle data in the Whisky Monitor to see if there is a noticeable trend how independent bottlings do for a specific distillery.

Clever Charity – How Whisky Can Turn Greed Into Generosity

September 18, 2012

Thoughts on the current trend of whisky charity auctions.

How Age Statements Are Dividing The Whisky Industry

September 11, 2012

When Macallan officially launched their new no-age-satement “1824 series”, this highlighted a very interesting conflict of philosophies within the whisky industry.

The Stupidity Of Age “Verification”

September 7, 2012
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I guess all of you are familiar with the annoyingly ubiqutous age verification pages. but are they really effective?

World Whisky Day 2013 Announced For 18th May

September 6, 2012

World Whisky Day on 27th March 2012 has created quite a stir-up, as you may remember. The organiser(s) have moved the date to a less symbolic date now.

The Black Fungus Returns – With A Lawyer

September 3, 2012

Remember last year, when Scots complained that the nearby Diageo warehouse complex was causing black fungus to damage their property? Now a US lawyer is threatening legal action.

Case Study – How Samsung Wanted To Turn Bloggers Into Brand Ambassadors

September 3, 2012

The delicate symbiotic relationship between bloggers and industry has been an issue here a couple of times. Now here is an example how an invite to a trade show can turn into a blogger’s worst nightmare.

Whisky Luxe Edinburgh – 50ml For A Bag Of Gold?

August 30, 2012

On Friday 7th September Edinburgh will see Whisky Luxe, the newest member of Whisky Magazine’s Whisky Live family. This new format is supposed to be an upmarket extension of the existing festivals to give you “the ultimate VIP experience”.

Sexist Whisky Ads

August 26, 2012
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Old whisky ads ofthen show off gender stereotypes. Here are a few examples