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Whisky renaissance is good news for Ireland

May 5 2018

It seems the great distillery renaissance that is sweeping Scotland and England is also sweeping across the whole of Ireland. That is good news, as Ireland saw its whiskey industry decimated nearly a century ago by a string of cruel circumstances.

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The comical side of too much alcohol

April 14 2018

Maybe I’m mistaken but we seem to have lost our ability to laugh about alcohol and its funny consequences. In bygone years, the village drunkard was a standard character in countless plays. Arguably, there are more jokes about drink than about sex. Music hall, radio and TV comedy sketches often portrayed the hazards of too much drink, especially whisky, but they made people laugh, they didn’t wag a censorious finger or make moral judgements.

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Global whiskies are worth sniffing out

April 7 2018

Several times I’ve mentioned two globally best-selling whiskies which we hardly ever see, or have even heard of, in Britain. These are Label 5 (currently Number 9 in worldwide sales) and William Peel (Number 6).

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Lindores’ Aqua Vitae is a stonking good drink

March 31 2018

For all that monasteries and convents are rare today, for centuries they were powerful institutions that played an important role in society. Monks were among the few people who could read and write in an era of near-total illiteracy. They also developed agricultural and scientific ideas and took them to other countries.

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Distilling is booming in the UK

March 17 2018

Distilling seems to be THE growth industry in these islands. This stems from growing global demand for spirits and to UK legal changes that encouraged the start-up of small, independent distilleries for the first time in two centuries. The new distillery list is formidable, with others being mooted and planned every month.

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Will US drinks giants follow Jack Daniel’s lead?

February 3 2018

It is impossible to downplay the importance of the United States for the Scotch whisky industry. The Americans have long had a passion for Scotch and they are still our biggest export market by value (they like good malts and the best blends), although France is the biggest by volume.

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Total range portfolios capture the spirit of drinks

January 27 2018

One of the recent big developments in the global drinks market is how producers want to create a “total range portfolio” – of wines, beers and spirits, with one or more good named brands for every spirit: whisky, gin, rum, vodka, brandy and others.

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