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Whisky Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Whisky Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Have a whisky lover in your life? Want to know exactly what whisky they’ll love without asking? We’ve put together this comprehensive guide detailing all the different ways we categorise Scotch, including the region of production and flavour profile so you don’t have to spend endless time searching this holiday season. Scotch is one of the most varied spirits in the world, with over 120 distilleries still actively producing whisky across the whole of Scotland. Each distillery brings its own distinctive flavours to their bottles and many distilleries have a signature style that makes them easily recognisable to the discriminating...

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The Japanese Whisky Market

The Japanese Whisky Market

For most, the word whisky is immediately reminiscent of Scotland. Of course, Scotland is the world’s largest producer of whisky, where many of the distilleries found across the country have been producing whisky for generations. However, as the desire for premium whisky expands worldwide, markets in other countries are making a name for themselves. Japan is one such country, where there has been considerable growth over the past decade. Export shipments from Japan in 2017 amounted to 160,000 kilolitres, almost double the amount exported in 2008, as organisations like Suntory, Asahi and Kirin make a global name for themselves. Suntory...

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How to Invest in Whisky

How to Invest in Whisky

The whisky market is currently seeing growth at an unparalleled level. Overall, the market has grown by 732% since 2013 and the number of bottles sold for over £10,000 has increased by 1,295% over the past five years. Whisky enjoying such major investment and interest has now made it the most profitable investment product, beating out wine, gold and London property. For savvy first-time investors, the whisky industry offers a chance for major gains, but does hoarding whisky for money-making purposes hurt its spirit? Navigate What Makes Whisky Collectable? How Does Whisky Go Up in Value? Whisky Value Statistics Which...

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What's the Difference Between Whiskey and Whisky?

What's the Difference Between Whiskey and Whisky?

If you know your whisky from your whiskey, you’ll understand just how important the distinction is. Whether it’s Tennessee’s finest, Jack Daniel’s, or a bottle from one of Scotland’s many historic distilleries, whisky lovers around the world appreciate the difference. But what makes them so different? Each country tends to make their whisky in their own particular way. For example, the Irish typically triple distil their whiskey while the Scottish distil it only twice. In America, whisky is made with 51% malted barley and combined with other grains but the Irish and Scottish use 100% malted/un-malted barley. Although many countries...

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Lesser Known Distilleries Can Offer You Great Whiskies Too!

Lesser Known Distilleries Can Offer You Great Whiskies Too!

Lesser Known Distilleries Can Offer You Great Whiskies Too!   Whilst I started my career in whisky with William Grant & Sons, one of the advantages of working for a smaller independent bottler is that at work I get to sample whiskies from almost every distillery in Scotland.  I'm not saying that the big companies don't make good whisky, (think of all those luscious, honeyed Balvenies), rather that lesser known ones make good whisky as well. In this Blog I am going to introduce you to some distilleries that are not so well known, but still can provide you with...

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