Whisky Business

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.

Psyched Out On Jura

February 23, 2012
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It’s Mystical Month in whisky marketing! First mighty Thor swings his hammer, then Jura teams up with a tabloid psychic who analyzes doodles for a giveaway of Jura Prophecy.

McTear’s Whisky Auctions – Buyers Beware!

February 17, 2012

Yesterday, former Malt Maniac Luc Timmermans shared a most disturbing experience he had with the 7th December whisky auction at McTear’s.

Two New Commercial Whisky Clubs In One Week

February 12, 2012

Last week saw the official announcements for two new online based whisky websites that will charge you a membership fee to enjoy their benefits.

Under The Hammer Of Thor

February 1, 2012
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The latest Highland Park release sets new standards in a variety of ways.

World Whisky Day – Honest Celebration or Rip-Off?

July 27, 2011

In case you haven’t heard it yet: The 27th of March has been proclaimed as World Whisky DayTM. Let’s take a closer look at this planned event.

Top 10 Overpriced Scotch Whiskies

July 22, 2011

This is an entirely subjective collection of whisky pricing monstrosities that I have come across in the past months.

Amrut Herald – An Indo-Germanic Whisky?

July 12, 2011
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Last week, the Indian Amrut distillery announced a very special whisky release: The Amrut Herald.

Newsflash: Ardbeg “Rollator” Announced

June 23, 2011
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The Islay rumour mill is running red hot thse days. The success of the latest committee bottling, Ardbeg Alligator, must have been so overwhelming that the distillery spontaneously decided to up the ante.

Kilchoman Tightens The Screw With Their 100% Islay Whisky

June 20, 2011

Kilchoman distillery on Islay launched their new 100% Islay expression on the 16th June. But the pricing of the cask strength version that is sold only at the distillery gave me shock.

Black Fungus Revisited – Diageo in a Tight Spot?

May 18, 2011
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A few weeks ago, news of the fungus-infested Clackmannanshire village of Tullibody swept Scotland and the whisky scene. But a recent Wired article sheds new light on this issue.

The Black Fungus Conspiracy

April 22, 2011
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You would think that Scottish distillers know what’s going on in and around their distilleries. But anything happening beyond the distillery grounds seems to remain a mystery for them.

Glenmorangie Pride 1981 – Does Price Matter?

April 12, 2011

Looking for that special whisky gift? Here is the Glenmorangie Pride 1981. A 28 year old single malt with an extremely tight limitation of 1000 bottles very affordably priced at only €2750.

Fun With Whisky Marketing

February 4, 2011
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Just a mixed bag of assorted whisky wierdness I came across.

Scottish Spirits – It’s Getting Strange

January 28, 2011

Inspired by last week’s Scottish Spirits news about whisky in cans I was venturing around the nether regions of the whisky industry with the help of my favourite search engine. I came across an interesting company

Diageo’s Classic Malts – Taken Hostage by Johnnie Walker?

January 23, 2011
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For a whisky blogger these days there are few things as convenient as joining the Diageo bashing game. But it often gets forgotten that many of their distilleries make a bloody good whisky!

SWA Response to Scottish Spirits Ltd.

January 21, 2011
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Not much to my suprise the recent news about Scottish Spirits Ltd. launching whisky in cans created quite a bit of publicity. Dozens of search engine queries found my article about the company.

Scottish Spirits – Scotch Or No Scotch?

January 18, 2011

Yesterday saw the announcment of Scottish Spirits Ltd. to offer whisky in cans in some markets in Central and South America. The company was in the news last year because of misleading ads. I think it’s time to look a little closer.