Whisky Business

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.

Hot from the Rumor Mill – Will There Be A Crystal Macallan?

January 2, 2011
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Well-informed sources say that Macallan is secretly working on a revolutionary new line of whisky epxressions – The Crystal Macallan.

Guest Post – An Overview of American Craft Distilling

November 15, 2010
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There is a revolution in distilling taking place in America. The craft distillers are starting to draw attention, and not all of it positive. Most of the bottles come with a steep price tag, so how is a malt-head to know what to make of it all?

Whisky Makers on Twitter – From #epicfail to #wow

November 13, 2010
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The whisky industry uses Twitter in many different ways. Let me introduce you to a couple of industry tweeps – the selection is not exhaustive but should give you a good overview on what’s happening.

How to Exploit US Whisky Regulations

November 4, 2010

I have to tell you a secret: I am a masochist. Sometimes I just can’t resist the urge to read whisky regulations. In the Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau belonging to the US treasury I found an interesting passage

Duty Free – Whisky for the Chosen Few

October 23, 2010
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In recent years there has been a trend among whisky producers to use Duty Free shops as either a testing ground for new releases or as an exclusive platform for entire product ranges.

Diageo – The Innovative Dinosaur

October 17, 2010

End of September 2010 saw a major public relations effort by Scotch market leader Diageo to convince journalists and bloggers of the qualities of their new Roseisle distillery in Elgin on Speyside.

A Bastard Malt Gets Proper Parents

June 30, 2010
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Yesterday indpependent bottler A.D. Rattray announced that their undisclosed malt Stronachie is distilled by Benrinnes.