Whisky Business

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.

Macallan Revamps Basic Range To NAS

June 27, 2012
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Yesterday Macallan invited a selection of important whisky people to Easter Elchies for a special presentation. It turned out to be big news indeed.

Three Whisky Ads I Really Like

May 11, 2012

More than once I have been grumpy about whisky marketing stunts because I just have a bullshit allergy. But here are three examples of campaigns that I honestly enjoy.

Buy The Dalmore Oligarch Collection – Help A Billionaire In Need

May 2, 2012
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Hikers beware! Twenty-one rabid stags are on the loose in the Scottish Highlands. The gang have have named themselves Constellation Collection

Is Cooley Having Trouble To Cope With Demand?

April 12, 2012

Cooley just reported they will not sell their whiskey to independent bottlers anymore.

Having A Dram With Your Deceased Loved One

April 1, 2012
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As I was watching the events being celebrated on World Whisky Day on 27th March, a most unusal snippet of news caught my eye.

World Whisky Day – How Hedonism And Opportunism Killed An Idea

March 28, 2012

The aftermath of World Whisky Day

12+2 Recommended No Frills Scotch Distilleries

March 9, 2012
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Here is my selection of distilleries that let their whisky do the talking.

How To Blow Whisky Bubbles

March 4, 2012
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In tough times on the financial market it is not really a suprise that also collectable whisky moves into the focus of financial investors.