Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

By: Ian Buxton

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



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


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


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


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


Comment - 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 Apr 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Jan 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 Oct 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 Sep 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 Aug 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 Jul 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 Jun 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.


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