Tag Archives: Scotch

• Better than the stockmarket: Top 10 Most Collectable Scotch Whiskies

Better than the stockmarket: Top 10 Most Collectable Scotch Whiskies

While Scottish distillers are investing heavily in increasing stocks of Scotch whisky, there’s continued soaring interest in historical and vintage expressions on the second-hand market. Some rare expressions of single malt Scotch can fetch as much as £381,620 at auction, the most expensive being a six-litre decanter of The Macallan M at Sothebys in Hong […]

• Diageo Looks to Pour New Tech Into Liquor With Venture Unit

Diageo Looks to Pour New Tech Into Liquor With Venture Unit

Will you be able to check your liquor consumption through an app on your smartwatch that talks to an chip embedded into a bottle of Scotch? Diageo wants to find out. The world’s No. 1 spirits maker is looking for new ways to use technology to boost its drinks business and says it is ready […]

• 40-year-old single malt Scotch to be named after John Lennon

40-year-old single malt Scotch to be named after John Lennon

Beatles legend John Lennon is set to have a 40-year-old single malt Scotch whisky named after him in 2020 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death. Winston Elizabeth and Windsor collectibles company in Liverpool, UK, will be releasing a limited edition “John Lennon 40 year old whisky” to mark the anniversary on 8 December […]

• A Rare Scottish Whiskey Discovered In 1958 Finally Available

A Rare Scottish Whiskey Discovered In 1958 Finally Available

One of the world’s rarest whiskeys has long been exclusively enjoyed by members of a private connoisseurs club called the Whiskey Syndicate, but now you can have a bottle if you know where to look. The Syndicate story dates back to 1958 when a group of six directors at The William Muir Limited company discovered […]

• Whiskey Collecting: An Investment With Intoxicating Potential

Whiskey Collecting: An Investment With Intoxicating Potential

The topsy-turvy stock market of the past decade may have driven some investors to drink. But for Mahesh Patel, the drink itself is the investment. Mr. Patel, an Atlanta-based real-estate developer, is one of the world’s leading buyers of investment-grade, single-malt Scotch. Over the past few decades, he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars […]

• Could single grain Scotch become as popular as single malt?

Could single grain Scotch become as popular as single malt?

Now that William Grant is joined by Diageo (and David Beckham) in the race to establish the category, it could happen sooner than you think. William Grant claims its launch of single grain whisky Girvan is an “ambitious challenge” to champion the emergence of a “third leg of the Scotch whisky category”. The family-owned, UK-based […]

• Here’s a treat. “Bourbon” an essay by Walker Percy. Smile!

Here’s a treat. “Bourbon” an essay by Walker Percy. Smile!

“Bourbon,” (1975) by Walker Percy, from ‘Signposts in a Strange Land’ “This is not written by a connoisseur of Bourbon. Nintey-nine percent of Bourbon drinkers know more about Bourbon than I do. It is about the aesthetic of Bourbon drinking in general and in particular of knocking it back neat. I can hardly tell one […]

• Pushing the Alcohol Envelope, Russians Move On to Whisky

Pushing the Alcohol Envelope, Russians Move On to Whisky

Britain is becoming increasingly well-known for its enclaves of wealthy Russians — from Roman Abramovich’s ownership of London’s Chelsea F.C. soccer team to the voyeuristic “Meet The Russians” reality show on FOX, wealthy Russian emigres have gotten plenty of headlines in London. However, a new wave of Russians is headed further north, to Aberdeen and the Scottish region of Speyside, where the booming oil industry and the lure of plentiful Scotch whisky have […]

• Why Sherry Casks Are So Important To Scotch

Why Sherry Casks Are So Important To Scotch

Wood is the single most important thing when it comes to maturation of liquor, including American bourbon, Irish and Japanese whisky or Scotch. Before writing my article last month, I had just visited Jerez in the south of Spain to see the production of sherry casks that Scotch whiskies end up maturing in. I’d mentioned […]

• Suntory proves overseas ownership can be good for Scotch

Suntory proves overseas ownership can be good for Scotch

SCOTLAND has had at least its fair share of trouble from decisions by big overseas companies over the decades. It has probably had more than its share, if you consider the raft of plant closures by global electronics players, among them Motorola, NEC and Freescale, which have within the past 20 years cost many thousands […]

• 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 […]

• Diageo aims to make Mortlach the next big luxury brand

Diageo aims to make Mortlach the next big luxury brand

Diageo will release four new expressions of Scotch brand Mortlach over the next year in a bid to make it a major player in the single malt category. The Mortlach distillery was built in 1823 as the first in Dufftown, Speyside, which now houses the likes of Glenfiddich and Balvenie. Diageo has historically released just […]

• Johnnie Walker & Brooks Bros Create Whisky For One-Percenters

Johnnie Walker & Brooks Bros Create Whisky For One-Percenters

Johnnie Walker, the 200-year-old whiskey company known for its blended Scotch, has partnered with Brooks Brothers, the almost 200-year-old clothier known for its high end suits that are popular with, well, people who wear high end suits. To celebrate BB’s 195th birthday, Johnnie Walker is releasing the limited edition Brooks Brothers 1818 Johnnie Walker Blue […]

• Got $350k jingling around in your pocket for 60yr old Scotch?

Got $350k jingling around in your pocket for 60yr old Scotch?

Imagine a bottle of wine that costs as much as a Housing Board flat. The most expensive item at the third annual Masters of Wines and Spirits showcase over the weekend was a bottle of 60-year-old single malt Scotch whisky that cost $350,000. Part of The Dalmore Constellation Collection, it is of 1951 vintage and […]

• Six Top Single Malt Scotches

Six Top Single Malt Scotches

Single malt Scotch remains a distiller’s pièce de résistance in a portfolio. Single malt Scotch—made with whiskies from a single Scotch distillery—remains one of the showpieces of the spirit world. To consumers, it’s still the bottle most likely to be given as a gift—to someone special, or to yourself. To distillers, it’s often the pièce […]