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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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Whisky Festivals and how to survive them!

Whisky Festivals and how to survive them!

As DuncanTaylor's Whisky Ambassador, I attend many Festivals and Events. As we enter the new year and the number of events keeps increasing, here are some of my tips for getting the best out of them. The two main types of event, can be classed as either "free pour" or "token purchase". The first is where after paying for entry, all the whisky is free. This is obviously a type of event that can be abused by the visitors, as the temptation will be to drink as much whisky as possible. This type of event is not well looked at...

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What's caused Gin to become an on-trend drink? We asked the experts...

What's caused Gin to become an on-trend drink? We asked the experts...

Everybody is talking about gin. The history of this juniper based spirit dates back for centuries, but in recent years has seen its popularity wain. Until now that is. Gin has suddenly blown up, becoming a "trendy" drink with new bars dedicated entirely to the spirit opening up across the UK. But what has sparked this? Why is everyone suddenly enjoying gin a lot more than they used to? And with all these different types and flavours of gin popping up across the world from distilleries big and small, what do people look for as their ideals of gin? Who...

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