Whisky Business

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

The Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage – Or How To Boost Your Profit Margin

July 26, 2012
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The latest addition to the the Glenfiddich product range is the Millennium Vintage, a World Of Duty Free travel retail exclusive bottling.

Bruichladdich To Be Sold – Rise And Fall Of An Independent Distiller

July 10, 2012

Yesterday Mark Reynier, CEO of Bruichladdich, tweeted to the the world that the owners were in “advanced talks with Rémy Cointreau” about the sale of the distillery.

A Gallery Of Old US Whisky Ads

July 4, 2012

Let’s have something a little different than usual for the 4th of July. Old advertising can tell you a lot about the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times.

Forget Whisky Decanters, Ampoules Are The Future

July 1, 2012

As much as we love to complain about the premiumization of whisky that’s been happening in recent years, the wine business has always been a step ahead.