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Whisky: a Scottish success story

April 1 2017

Scotch whisky today is one of today’s great success stories — it contributes £5 billion to the UK economy and earns £4 billion a year overseas — whisky accounts for some 80% of Scottish food and drink exports and a quarter of UK food and drink exports.

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Intriguing whisky ephemera tells a story

March 4 2017

Over the decades, thousands of brands of Scotch blended whisky have come and gone. Some have lasted and thrived until the present day, others have flickered and faded amid stiff competition and changing tastes.

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Roll out the barrel

February 25 2017

The role of the cask in whisky making is crucial and entire forests of white oak are planted, grown and managed in the US to supply the barrel makers. They supply the bourbon industry and the ex-bourbon barrels come to Scotland, either complete or knocked-down. Pre-used casks from Spain, Portugal and France also find their way here – the Scotch industry can never get enough of them.

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Fascinating book reflects whisky’s nadir

February 11 2017

It takes a particularly strong frame of mind to write about a subject that seems to be in terminal decline — but that is what makes Aeneas Macdonald’s book, Whisky, so fascinating. It was written in 1930 when the fortunes of Scotch whisky were at their all-time nadir.

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Horses, trains and ships: vital links for whisky industry

February 4 2017

Last week I commented on how the 21st Century whisky industry is widely scattered with its various stages (malting, then fermenting and distilling, and finally warehousing, blending and bottling) taking place at different locations —with everything being shifted between locations by truck. And that this is very different to how the industry operated 100-120 years ago.

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Road network essential for whisky success

January 28 2017

Were one to compare today’s Scotch whisky industry with the industry around 1900-1920, several things would be obviously different. Volumes today are far greater, Scotch is exported to far more countries — while greater automation has decimated the numbers of people working in distilleries, warehouses and bottling plants.