Whyte & Mackay finally sold

After what seems an eternity Whyte & Mackay has finally been sold to United Breweries of India, who paid £595 million for the company. With W&M one of Scotland’s under performers in the global market it will be very interesting to see how the company grows over the next few years, especially now it has access to some fo the biggest emerging markets in the world. It will be even more interesting to see how Scoland’s other big whisky companies react too.

Published in: on May 16, 2007 at 2:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rumours of another new distillery?

I have recently returned from an interesting day out in Edinburgh, visiting a very informative trade show. At this show I discovered that noted whisky merchants Duncan Taylor & Co are in the initial stages of designing and building a brand new distillery near Huntly. Although details are sketchy it seems that construction may begin in the very near future. I will try to keep you updated with any further details as soon as they emerge.



Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 2:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Two new innovations bite the dust!

I was sad to read that the Edrington Group has decided to pull it’s John, Mark & Robbo range of products from the UK market. Apparently the returns available in the UK are too small to justify the continued support on the range. It will still be available in the US, where the signs for growth look more positive.

This, along with the news that Diageo have dropped their J&B -6C whisky as-well, is a bit of a knock for the domestic market. Whilst sales continue to growth at fantastic rates overseas, the industry is struggling to develop the mature home market.

Hopefully, this will not put the big whisky companies from trying to introduce new developments in the UK, because it would be a tragedy if all the best of the whisky industry was simply dispatched overseas.



Published in: on May 10, 2007 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Get me another dram!

Well, the suspense is killing us at the moment, who is going to come out on top Jack or Alex? I need another dram to keep me going.

Published in: on May 4, 2007 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Phew, what a scorcher!

Here at the Whisky Connoisseur offices the mercury is beginning to rise as this wonderful sunny spring weather continues.

When it is hot like this it can be difficult to decide what to quench your thirst with, and whisky is usually the last thing you would think of. It doesn’t have to be so, there are a number of different ways to enjoy your favourite tipple during the warm weather.

A favourite trick of mine, one that I discovered a few years back, is to put a bottle of whisky in the freezer, the alcohol level prevents it from freezing completely, but don’t leave it in there too long. Once nice and cold, take it out and pour into a glass, before you take a sip of the whisky drink some cold spring water, then take a sip of the whisky and let it slowly warm up on your tongue for as long as you can. As the whisky warms up it releases subtle flavours that will change as it reacts to temperature and the spring water that is left on the sides of your mouth.

Another, simpler way is to simply mix any good whisky with ice and a mixer, I prefer lemonade, add a few sprigs of mint and it really gets the taste buds going.

The real message is that there doesn’t have to be one ‘proper’ way to drink malt wisky, enjoy it the way it suits you.



Published in: on May 3, 2007 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment