Tag Archives: Single malt whisky

• Think different booze affects you differently? Not so fast…

Think different booze affects you differently? Not so fast…

There’s a persistent myth that different types of booze – tequila, bourbon, beer, Jägermeister, etc. – affects your buzz differently. Not true. Perhaps the myth has an overriding psychological effect and people adopt the mythological behavior of said booze, but it’s all in your head. Yeah, I know, you swear you act all crazy when […]

• Not Fake News: Your Vintage Whisky Could Be Counterfeit

Not Fake News: Your Vintage Whisky Could Be Counterfeit

Whisky.Auction, an online spirits auctioneer, uncovered what they call an “extremely sophisticated” counterfeiting operation. While this large-scale counterfeit whisky operation is in England, if you purchased vintage whisky at auction, there’s a very good chance it may be fake. “In a statement to sister publication The Spirits Business, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police commented: “Detectives from […]

• What’ll you bid for rare Donald Trump Single Malt Whisky?

What’ll you bid for rare Donald Trump Single Malt Whisky?

Yes, Virginia, there is a single cask of Glendronach made especially for Trump’s golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Here are the deets: 26-Year-Old, only 500 bottles released, sherry cask, BOX SIGNED BY DONALD J. TRUMP! Hurry, hurry! This bottle is going to auction on January 13 at McTear’s in Glasgow, Scotland. “After his recent elevation […]

• Love whisky? Play the market? A Whiskey & Spirits ETF for ya

Love whisky? Play the market? A Whiskey & Spirits ETF for ya

The ETF Managers Group and Spirited Funds recently rolled out a first-of-its-kind ETF that targets companies that produce alcoholic beverages. The Spirited Funds/ETFMG Whiskey & Spirits ETF covers publicly traded companies across the globe that are engaged in the production of whiskey and/or spirits. According to the prospectus, the initial universe of Index constituents consists […]

• Oh no! Here’s how Brexit could impact scotch imports!

Oh no! Here’s how Brexit could impact scotch imports!

Most liquor exports and imports between the UK and US have been tax-free for 22 years. Brexit might send that into a tailspin. “Leaving the EU would be a leap in the dark for our great British food and drink industry and could lead to years of negotiations on new trade deals – with no […]

• Will Tequila Learn from Scotch Whisky’s Marketing Mistakes?

Will Tequila Learn from Scotch Whisky’s Marketing Mistakes?

Despite the market split, the Tequila category is on the cusp of its own boomtime. But, the positioning of the mixto sector compared to 100% agave carries echoes of Scotch whisky past-tendency to hype single malts to the expense of blends. And now, Scotch volumes are suffering. Will Tequila make the same mistake? Richard Woodard […]

• Why Whisky Pros Add Water to Their Glasses

Why Whisky Pros Add Water to Their Glasses

You are hereby absolved of the faux-macho insistence that you drink your whiskys neat. Okay, yes, you may still get a few funny looks for pouring high-end booze over a glass full of rocks, but the science and the industry opinions are on your side: a little dilution can be good, and you should be actively pursuing it with […]

• Female distillers know their alcohol – and always have

Female distillers know their alcohol – and always have

A new generation of distillery trailblazers navigates a checkered history of sexism to stake a claim in the traditionally male-dominated industry. Bridget Firtle interrupts our interview when an alarm sounds. The water has reached the right temperature for the next stage of making mash. I watch as she drives a forklift truck carrying 3,200lb of […]

• Report: Spirits market trends analysis & forecast to 2020

Report: Spirits market trends analysis & forecast to 2020

Consumer Market Research Reports Announcements Spirit, also known as distilled beverage, is an alcoholic beverage manufactured by distillation (process of separating component substances from a liquid mixture by using process of vaporization and condensation) of a mixture produced from alcoholic fermentation. Distillation process is used to purify the mixture and to remove diluting components like […]

• How to Drink a Cask Strength Whiskey

How to Drink a Cask Strength Whiskey

The idea of tasting a whiskey that comes straight from the barrel has been an enticing selling point in recent years, but the growing popularity of “cask strength” spirits is a bit more than just a nebulous term meant to conjure images of tough men, dark wood, and stiff drinks. If we put you on the spot, […]

• No-Age-Statement Scotches Latest Trend

No-Age-Statement Scotches Latest Trend

You don’t have to choose your Scotch by the numbers. Increasingly, distillers are dispensing with age statements and focusing on the many other factors that make their spirits sing. IN SCOTCH AISLES across the country, a reformation is quietly under way. Among the stolid contingent of age-emblazoned single-malts—the Glenlivet 12, the Macallan 15, Talisker 18—a […]

• How United Spirits gave Diageo a long, heavy hangover

How United Spirits gave Diageo a long, heavy hangover

Mixing Johnnie Walker scotch with Bagpiper whisky was bound to be fraught with the risk of a hangover. Ever since it struck a $2 billion deal (which became costlier later) to buy a majority stake in United Spirits Ltd in November 2012, Diageo Plc. has been hit by a series of roadblocks and embarrassments in […]

• 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 […]

• 20 Top Whiskies At San Francisco World Spirits Competition

20 Top Whiskies At San Francisco World Spirits Competition

The results are in from the world’s most prestigious spirits competition. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition took place last month, showcasing the very best of some 1,500 liquors.  In all, nearly 50 bottles won awards – but we know what you’re here for, so we compiled a list of this year’s top whiskeys. From the […]