Whisky Business

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.

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?