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What have we learned from Scotch in 2016?

This month, spirits commentator Ian Buxton ponders the conclusions bandied about following the publication of Scotch whisky export numbers f...

The category today - Scotch Whisky I

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this seven-part review of the Scotch whisky category. In part one, we look at how the s...

Andy Morton | 18 May 2016

Tucked in to a trading estate in the Scottish county of Fife, beside a local dry cleaning firm and a rubber moulding factory, InchDairnie Distillery is an unusual spot for a whisky revolution.

Andy Morton | 23 Dec 2015

The expectation was that the long-awaited European Court of Justice ruling on minimum unit pricing would finally determine whether the practice is legal in the EU.

Ian Buxton | 22 Sep 2015

Much has been made of the effect that the rise of the craft spirits segment has had on the broader spirits category. Ian Buxton, however, believes that effect isn't quite as powerful as some have previously feared.

Ian Buxton | 29 Jan 2015

The Scotch whisky category appears to have hit a tipping point. What does the future look like for the until-recently booming category? Ian Buxton voices his concerns.

Latest Interviews

Andy Morton | 23 Feb 2016

It is late afternoon on what has been a long day. But, Mark Reynier, formerly the head of Bruichladdich and now founder of Renegade Spirits, still has the energy to vent his grievances over the Irish whiskey industry he has inhabited for just over a year.

Olly Wehring | 12 Feb 2015

In the second part of just-drinks' exclusive interview with the outgoing CEO of Pernod Ricard, Pierre Pringuet, here he looks back at some of the deals that have shaped the company, and his role in their negotiation.

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Andy Morton | 21 Oct 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said it may appeal to the UK's highest court after Scotland’s justice system delivered a major blow to its efforts against minimum pricing.

Andy Morton | 27 Sep 2016

Taiwan has joined the list of high-value markets where Scotch is registered as a trademark.

Andy Morton | 16 Sep 2016

Scotch whisky exports grew six-month volumes for the first time in three years, new figures show, but sales remained down as key markets Taiwan and France underperformed.

Andy Morton | 16 Sep 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed new draught regulations in India that bring authorities one step closer to having clear definitions for alcohol categories.

Andy Morton | 3 Aug 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has warned of major uncertainty ahead as Brexit puts the UK's tariff-free access to important global markets including South Korea and South Africa at risk.

Olly Wehring | 24 Jun 2016

Yesterday, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The result of the referendum fell 52% in favour of the so-called 'Brexit'. We'll keep you up to date throughout the day on drinks industry reaction.

Andy Morton | 17 May 2016

Scotch whisky exports continued to lose volumes and value last year as producers faced further global economic headwinds, new figures have shown.

Andy Morton | 9 May 2016

The head of Diageo has warned against the UK leaving the EU, saying a so-called Brexit could jeopardise the industry's global bargaining clout. 

Andy Morton | 2 Mar 2016

Scotch whisky sales in the UK returned to growth in volume terms last year but remained far below historical highs.

Andy Morton | 19 Feb 2016

Scotch whisky has secured geographical indication (GI) status in Mozambique as the category continues to chase protection against fakes in Africa.

Lucy Britner | 13 Jan 2016

The drinks trade has welcomed a European Union request that would see the World Trade Organisation tackle Colombia over what is perceived as being unfair taxation.

Lucy Britner | 4 Dec 2015

The Scotch Whisky Association has opened a London office in a bid to be closer to decision makers.

Olly Wehring | 6 Nov 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.

Andy Morton | 5 Nov 2015

Scotch whisky sales fell again in the first half of the year but declines were slower than last year as key markets the US and Singapore stemmed losses.

Andy Morton | 1 Oct 2015

The head of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said a recent downturn in Scotch exports is over, with anecdotal evidence pointing to a return to growth.

Olly Wehring | 15 Sep 2015

The Scotch whisky industry has secured geographical indication recognition in a further 17 countries in Afirca.

Andy Morton | 4 Aug 2015

The European spirits industry has hailed a new EU free-trade deal with Vietnam, saying an agreement to cut a 45% import tariff will encourage further growth.

Andy Morton | 30 Jun 2015

A UK ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras is to head up the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) new London office.

Lucy Britner | 26 May 2015

R&B Distillers plans to open the first legal whisky distillery on the island of Raasay, just off the coast of Skye.

Lucy Britner | 26 May 2015

Scotch whisky distilleries benefitted from 1.5m tourist visits in 2014, according to figures from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) today.

Olly Wehring | 8 May 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

Olly Wehring | 2 Apr 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

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Olly Wehring | 28 Jan 2015

To support the release of its latest report, entitled ‘The Economic Impact of Scotch Whisky Production in the UK’, trade body The Scotch Whisky Association has released this video, highlighting the size, scale and importance of the Scotch industry.

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Spirits in Vietnam

Spirits in Vietnam

In the forecast period, Scotch whisky exports to Vietnam could be boosted after the EU and Vietnam reached a deal in principle over a free trade agreement (FTA)....

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