Tag Archives: Scotch Whisky Association

• A Bullshitter’s Guide To Scotch Whisky

A Bullshitter’s Guide To Scotch Whisky

GQ meets up with Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, to talk through the do’s and don’ts of Scotch whisky. First things first. To call itself a scotch whisky, a potential scotch whisky has a few hoops to jump through before it earns the moniker. It must be made from malted barley, it […]

• Jim Murray, the man who ranks the world’s best whiskies

Jim Murray, the man who ranks the world’s best whiskies

Latest edition of Jim Murray’s (pictured) Whisky Bible created a bit of a tumult, with not a single Scotch whisky in the top five. Putting together the Whisky Bible is not the hedonistic career it sounds to be. “People tell me I’ve got the luckiest job in the world,” Jim Murray says, in the lobby […]

• Global launch for booze-free Halal ‘whisky’

Global launch for booze-free Halal ‘whisky’

A US company is set to launch what it claims is the world’s first Halal “whisky”, which contains no alcoholic content, around the world next month. In 2011, Florida-based firm ArKay added a whisky variant to its range of alcohol-free drinks, which is described as having the “exceptional taste of whisky without the alcohol content”. […]

• Boozing investors! World’s first whisky fund to launch in Hong Kong

Boozing investors! World’s first whisky fund to launch in Hong Kong

The world’s first private equity whisky fund – Platinum Whisky Investment Fund – has begun capital raising in Hong Kong, offering investors an opportunity to capitalize on the global growth in demand for single malt Scotch whisky. The fund is being launched with a target commitment of US$10 million and a minimum subscription of US$250,000. […]

• Scotch Whisky outshone by American brands say expert Jim Murray

Scotch Whisky outshone by American brands say expert Jim Murray

Jim Murray is probably the most acclaimed whisky expert in the world having visited more distilleries than any living person.   He is also the author of the best selling Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, the world’s leading guide on the amber nectar. He has upset the Scotch malt whisky industry by saying it is now being […]

• 13th Annual Whiskies of the World Expo & Artisanal Spirits Expo

13th Annual Whiskies of the World Expo & Artisanal Spirits Expo

“The Whiskies of the World Expo gathers the world’s most fascinating distilled spirits along with their makers and ambassadors to give its guests an opportunity to sample, learn and experience a night of delicious spirited fun. By popular demand, the 13th WoW Expo will be back on the San Francisco Belle Yacht (docked), with its three […]

• Latin America’s growing taste for whisky

Latin America’s growing taste for whisky

With Latin American markets becoming more stable, consumers south of the border are raising a dram. Scotland’s whisky industry has long placed its bets on Asian countries as drivers of future growth, but as Latin Americans’ taste for global luxury increases, distillers are hedging their bets. Scotch whisky exports to Central and South America increased […]

• ‘Halal Whisky’, Non-alcoholic Beverage Appalls Scottish Distillers

‘Halal Whisky’, Non-alcoholic Beverage Appalls Scottish Distillers

First of its kind alcohol-free ‘halal whisky’, is out on sale heralding the party season. ArKay, the world’s first alcohol-free whisky, will be sold worldwide from Dec 1, and is said to look and taste just like traditional whisky. It has been declared as Halal certified, which opens up the markets in Muslim countries and […]

• Taiwan becomes world’s No. 5 Scotch consumer

Taiwan becomes world’s No. 5 Scotch consumer

Led by the growing popularity of single-malt whisky, Taiwanese bought £70.3 million (US$111 million) worth of Scotch whisky in the first six months of the year, up 45.25 percent from a year earlier, to become the world’s fifth-largest consumer of the spirit, according to statistics released by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) on Monday. Taiwan […]

• Scotch Soars in the Americas

Scotch Soars in the Americas

Central and South America has emerged as the biggest growth region for Scotch whisky exports, despite the buzz about Asia. Figures from the Scotch Whisky Association show that Central and South America has seen 50% volume growth and 58% value growth over the past year for Scotch exports. Africa saw 42% volume growth and 48% […]

• Record year for Scotch whisky exports

USA still biggest market for spirit. Scotch whisky exports hit a record s3.45 billion during 2010, according to new figures. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) said the 10 per cent rise meant the industry produced s109 per second towards export values. This was despite the volume of whisky being sold falling two per cent to […]

• Whiskey Gains a Following in the World’s Largest Spirits Market

Whiskey Gains a Following in the World’s Largest Spirits Market

Whisper it quietly, but Russians might be defecting from vodka. Peddlers of the popular firewater say they have seen a slow but perceptible shift in tastes — away from the traditional shooting of vodka chased with herring, toward the gently sipped smoky aromas of Scotch whisky. “Gin is down, tequila is down, cognac is static, but whiskey imports are growing. It was the only spirit […]

• Panama grants Origin status to Scotch Whiskey

The authorities in Panama have granted an application by The Scotch Whisky Association, made in May 2010, for ‘Scotch Whisky’ to be registered and protected as a ‘geographical indication of origin’ (GI). Panama will receive better protection from imitation ‘whisky’, following a decision to formally recognize Scotch Whisky as a product that can only be […]