Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

By: Ian Buxton

Comment - 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.

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.

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

4 March 2014

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 January 2014

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 October 2013

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 September 2013

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 August 2013

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 July 2013

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 June 2013

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 March 2013

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 February 2013

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 January 2013

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 September 2012

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 August 2012

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 July 2012

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 June 2012

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

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 April 2012

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 March 2012

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 February 2012

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 January 2012

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.

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