Interview

An open discussion with Port of Leith Distillery’s founder

2017-10-17

Get excited: Whisky distilling is soon to return to Scotland’s capital city. Such a headline sounds intriguing right? At least that’s what I thought when I came across the news of a whisky distillery being built in Leith. You’ve probably all heard about this project by now but still, a few months ago, I got in touch with one of the two founders behind the …

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Dos and Donts of Whisky Cask investment

2017-08-02

“The secondary (auction) market continues to become more important as a growth industry. 2016 was the first time traditional retail routes to market were overlooked in favour of auction for what in effect was a retail/primary market release.” . “Strathearn distillery sold their first 100 bottles of Scotch through Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer rather than seeking a more traditional retail route to market. With the benefit …

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Interview: Inside The Nothernmost Distillery in the World

2017-04-05

If you read my “10 World Whisky Fun Facts” article last week, you probably already know that Aurora Spirit, based in Artic Norway is officially the northernmost distillery in the whole world! As part of my partnership with the Craft Whisky Club (still haven’t checked them out? What are you waiting for seriously…), I wanted to find out more about their work and I therefore …

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Discussing whisky investment with Cask88 director

2017-03-22

While demand for rare whiskies is becoming greater everyday those past few years – reaching crazy prices at auctions – I wanted to find out more about what Patrick Costello, director of online whisky retailer Cask88, thought of this never-ending trend and what lead him to the rare whisky world. Patrick kindly agreed to answer a few questions! First of all, could you please tell …

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Talking whisky with Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman

2017-03-14

A scientist by training, Brian Kinsman became Glenfiddich’s Malt Master in December 2009, and is responsible for fulfilling William Grant’s adventurous ambition of creating ‘the best dram in the valley’. He is the sixth Malt Master since Glenfiddich first flowed from the distillery stills on Christmas day almost more than 125 years ago. As Malt Master, Brian is in charge of the time-honoured Glenfiddich whisky …

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World Whisky Forum talks with Jan Groth

2017-02-28

Earlier this month, the Swedish Box Distillery was hosting the first ever edition of what should now become a must-do event for distillers over the world: The World Whisky Forum. Two days of debates and animated talks amongst industry members with a very broad panel of speakers from as far as Japan or America. Pssst! You’ll find all the interviews & talks from the speakers here (BEWARE: …

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Women Who Whisky: 7 Questions for Koval Distillery’s President

2017-02-20

If you’ve been growing an interest for all things whisky innovation and artisan distilling lately, you’re probably already familiar with this Chicago-based groundbreaking distillery that is Koval. As part of my partnership with the Craft Whisky Club (still haven’t checked them out? What are you waiting for seriously…), I wanted to find out more about their innovative work and I therefore got in touch with distillery’s …

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7 Questions For Murray McDavid’s ambassador Dean Jode

2017-02-03

Today’s whisky landscape is becoming increasingly crowded, moving from trend to trend at a very fast pace that it sometimes feel hard to keep up (yes, even for someone who spend 198477 hours a day checking whisky-related news…)! Looking at the current list of independent bottlers alone, there’s probably huge chances you’ve never heard about half of them, but you know what, that’s ok! You …

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7 Questions for Rens Defrenne from The Nectar

2017-01-19

Since its opening in 2006, The Nectar has embarked in a quest for the best spirits to share with both consumers and professionals: whisky, rhum, cognac, armagnac, calvados, grappa… The Belgian company has become a real reference in the industry, distributing more than 2000 references as we speak, and even bottling some casks under its own label “nectar of the daily dram“ I wanted to …

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