30 results in the archive

Comment - Spirits - Scottish Independence and the Scotch Whisky Industry 18 Sep 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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.


Comment - Spirits - Diageo's Distill Ventures: One Year On 2 Sep 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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.


Comment - Spirits - BrewDog's Spirit Offerings: A Theory 1 Aug 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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.


Comment - Spirits - English Whisky Comes in from the Cold 17 Jun 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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


Comment - Spirits - Drambuie For Sale 27 May 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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 Apr 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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 Mar 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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.


Comment - Spirits - Scottish Independence: It's Time to Speak 4 Mar 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

It is almost six months until Scotland decides. Will the country vote for independence from the UK on 18 September? Ian Buxton has a few thoughts on the matter, and he's surprised that the Scotch whisky industry doesn't appear to have any.


Comment - Spirits - Beam Inc & Suntory: What Might it Mean for Scotch? 27 Jan 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Just before January is out, Ian Buxton is here for his first comment piece of 2014, and he's keen to consider what the fist big M&A transacion of the year will mean in the Scotch whisky industry.


Comment - Spirits - Irish Whiskey: Set to Cause a Rattle & Hum? 29 Oct 2013

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

The recent spate of activity in the Irish whiskey category suggests that the sub-category is looking to make waves in the spirits world. Ian Buxton takes a closer look and considers whether all the fuss is justified.


Comment - Spirits - I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help 25 Sep 2013

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

The results of a consultation document regarding veryfing the geographical origin and production and aging processes for Scotch whisky will be published in the coming weeks. But, asks, Ian Buxton, is such a procedure necessary? And, what does the industry think?


Comment - Spirits - Searching for the Next Johnnie Walker 20 Aug 2013

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

This month, Ian Buxton runs the rule over Diageo's recently-announced spirits start-up support programme.


Comment - Spirits - Waste Products: What to Do with Them? 18 Jul 2013

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

This month, Ian Buxton looks at attempts to increase environmental sustainability by Scotland's distillers, through the waste that they generate.


Comment - Spirits - Cognac/Brandy: East is East 21 Jun 2013

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

A recent bout of activity in the Cognac region - from investment to divestment - suggests lively times ahead for the brandy and Cognac category. Ian Buxton looks at the headlines, and sees his eye being drawn east, not only for future growth, but also for future Cognac players.


Comment - Spirits - Adding a Touch of Flavour to Scotch Whisky 25 Mar 2013

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Earlier this month, Bacardi announced the launch of Dewar's Highlander Honey in the US. The move has ruffled feathers in Scotland, where the heritage and provenance of Scotch whisky is almost an obsession. Here's Ian Buxton with his take on the storm in a nosing glass.


Comment - Spirits - Filling The Bourbon Hole 28 Feb 2013

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

What do Bacardi, Diageo and Pernod Ricard have in common? Aside from the obvious, Ian Buxton proffers that they share the same problem when it comes to Bourbon, and that's their lack of it.


Comment - Spirits - Scotch: It’s Scotland’s Water 11 Jan 2013

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

This month, Ian Buxton takes a look at an idea that, should it come to fruition, will send shockwaves through the Scotch whisky industry. In Scotland, he notes, there seems to be water, water everywhere, but not a drop that is taxed. Yet.


Comment - Spirits - Scotch: Age Ain't Nuthin' But a Number? 27 Sep 2012

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

An online row broke out among the Scotch whisky fraternity earlier this month. It all kicked off with the launch of The Macallan Gold from The Edrington Group, and its cousins Amber, Sienna and Ruby, all set to follow next year. But wait, asked some observers; how old are they? Ian Buxton is equally quizzical.


Comment - Spirits - Small is Beautiful 23 Aug 2012

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

In his latest column, Ian Buxton profiles a new spirits distiller in the UK and considers what this could mean for the craft spirits category of the futue.


Comment - Spirits - Bearing up to Polarisation 26 Jul 2012

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

This month's sermon from Ian Buxton looks at the ongoing issue of polarisation in the overall spirits category. He starts and finishes with two quotes, from two wildly disparate sources.


Comment - Spirits - Keeping an Eye on the Little Guys 28 Jun 2012

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

In the whisky category, it would appear that, while the big are getting bigger, the small are getting... more proliferative. This month, Ian Buxton considers the boom in craft distillers and flags up the perils and pitfalls they face.


Comment - Spirits - Flavoured whisk(e)y: A Spirited Move 10 May 2012

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Our whisk(e)y specialist, Ian Buxton, has had his head turned this month by a glut of flavoured whiskies. Or, 'spirit drinks', if you're a European.


Comment - Spirits - All That Glisters is not Gold for Scotch Whisky 10 Apr 2012

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

The recent release of export numbers for Scotch whisky appeared to be cause to celebrate for the category. But, as Ian Buxton warns, the devil is in the detail.


Comment - Spirits - Taiwan: The Future for Whiskey? 13 Mar 2012

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

There’s a large and very prominently displayed sign at the entrance of Kavalan’s visitor centre in their distillery at Yi-Lan, Taiwan. “The New Homeland of Whisky”, it reads. Now, it would be easy to dismiss that as marketing hyperbole or simple self-aggrandisement, were it not that around 1m people a year see the sign.


Comment - Spirits - Is Rap Music the Future for Whisk(e)y Innovation? 9 Feb 2012

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Having recently returned from his travels, Ian Buxton reports back on some of the more outlandish attempts to innovate in the notoriously traditionalist world of whisk(e)y.


Comment - Spirits - What Will (Not) Happen in 2012 17 Jan 2012

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

This week is prediction week on just-drinks. On Thursday, Chris Losh will give us his annual, tongue-in-cheek forecasts for the coming year. Today, however, Ian Buxton, consider what might happen in brown spirits in 2012.


Comment - Spirits - Is Investing in Whisk(e)y as Good as They Say? 22 Nov 2011

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Ian Buxton has some money burning a hole in his pocket. Some of his peers are suggesting he goes with what he knows, and spends it on drink, but not necessarily for consumption. Ian's none too sure.


Comment - Spirits - "And, the Winner iszzzzz..." 8 Sep 2011

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Every season appears to be awards season in our industry. And, while Ian Buxton bemoans the number of awards up for grabs in brown spirits, his comments could also be applied to beer, soft drinks, water and wine.


Comment - Spirits - The Thorn in Scotch Whisky's Side? 2 Aug 2011

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

This month, we welcome another regular commentator to the just-drinks fold. Augmenting our spirits coverage, Ian Buxton will be casting his eye over the brown side of the sector. To kick off, this month Ian looks at a character who is ruffling the feathers of many in the Scotch whisky industry.