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Ian Buxton

Columns by Ian Buxton

Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the DramComment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Augmenting our spirits coverage, Ian Buxton will be casting his eye over the brown side of the sector on a monthly basis.

Articles by Ian Buxton

Comment - Scotch Whisky around the World 7 October 2014

“May you live in interesting times.” That ancient Chinese proverb, surely apocryphal but horribly apt, seems to apply more than ever to Scotch whisky.


Scotland takes to the polls today to vote on its independenceComment - Spirits - Scottish Independence and the Scotch Whisky Industry 18 September 2014

The time is finally here: Today, Scotland decides. Will The Union remain or is Scotland set to declare its independence from the UK? With the country taking to the polls, Ian Buxton takes one final look at what the result of the vote will mean for the Scotch whisky industry.


Diageo launched its Distill Ventures project last yearComment - Spirits - Diageo's Distill Ventures: One Year On 2 September 2014

Last month, Diageo confirmed that it was upping the intake of its entrepreneur initiative project, Distill Ventures. Ian Buxton speaks to Frank Lampen, the unit's chief tasting officer, to learn how Distill Ventures is working out for the drinks giant.


The new just-drinks/The IWSR Cognac report has launched this weekComment - Spirits - Cognac: Chinese Walls and Chinese Whispers 13 August 2014

Can China – the great driver of high-end volumes for Cognac – recover its lost glories in 2015, or is that market going to drift lower?


What can we expect from BrewDogComment - Spirits - BrewDog's Spirit Offerings: A Theory 1 August 2014

With reports last month that BrewDog is poised to enter the spirits category, Ian Buxton mulls what we can expect in the years to come from the off-the-wall brewer.


English whisky distilleries have been popping up across the country Comment - Spirits - English Whisky Comes in from the Cold 17 June 2014

With all eyes turned to Scotland ahead of September’s independence vote some enterprising English distillers are making their own plans to turn the tables on the Scots. Yes, English whisky is back – and this time it seems it is here to stay, says Ian Buxton


Drambuie was put up for sale last weekComment - Spirits - Drambuie For Sale 27 May 2014

Last week, the owner of Drambuie put the Scotch whisky liqueur brand up for sale. Ian Buxton considers Drambuie's history and the potential runners and riders.


Comment - Spirits - The Great Bourbon Shortage 15 May 2014

It looks like Sazerac Co's warning a year ago that the world is running out of Bourbon has finally peaked. Earlier this week, the company said it is still short and there's no end in sight. Ian Buxton runs the rule over the matter.


Comment - Spirits - The Irish Whiskey Association 22 April 2014

Earlier this month, the Irish Whiskey Association came into being. Ian Buxton looks at the category and considers why it is needed and what it will do.


Comment - Spirits - Are We Running Out of Casks? 25 March 2014

As the Scotch whisky industry appears to expand with gay abandon, Ian Buxton takes a look up the supply chain and asks if there's enough wood in them thar hills to hold the stuff.


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