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What can the spirits industry learn from Remy Cointreau? - Comment 15 Aug 2017

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Following on from just-drinks' analysis of Remy Cointreau's performance over the last five years, spirits commentator Ian Buxton considers the takeaways for the wider spirits industry.


How much longer can US whiskey maintain its stellar growth? - Comment 4 Jul 2017

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

It's been one of the success stories of the Century so far. Spirits commentator Ian Buxton looks at US whiskey to see if an end to the category's explosive growth will break anytime soon.


Why is the spirits industry failing to push innovation beyond the top-end? - Comment 31 May 2017

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

This month, spirits commentator Ian Buxton considers an opportunity that - so far - has been missed by the category. For all its investment in cocktail competitions, he asks, why is the spirits industry failing to mass-produce the innovation it is so keen to encourage?


Spirits leads the latest invasion of Africa - Comment 3 Apr 2017

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Last month, Diageo handed the microphone to the head of its operations in Africa. Spirits commentator Ian Buxton was among those of us who listened in.


Are Millennials too young for brown spirits? - Comment 15 Mar 2017

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

This month, just-drinks' brown spirits commentator, Ian Buxton, considers the sector's efforts to entice the Millennial consumer into the fray.


What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 1 Feb 2017

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Rounding off our series of predictions for the year ahead, Ian Buxton gives us his forecasts for whisk(e)y in the next 12 months.


Is Irish whiskey ready to recognise its potential? - Comment 29 Nov 2016

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

One of the more lively spirits sectors in recent years, Irish whiskey is certainly on the up. But, on the second anniversary of Bushmills' change of ownership, Ian Buxton asks if the country's distillers are in danger of over-stating Irish whiskey's prospects.


What have we learned from Scotch whisky's performance in 2016? - Comment 4 Oct 2016

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

This month, spirits commentator Ian Buxton ponders the conclusions bandied about following the publication of Scotch whisky export numbers for the first six months of 2016.


Craft spirits shake-out will be just the beginning - Comment 23 Aug 2016

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

As just-drinks white spirits commentator, Richard Woodard, noted earlier this month, we are experiencing a latter-day Gin Craze. But, here in the 21st Century, this is no Hogarthian excess: This boom in small batch spirits is a further manifestation of the global development of craft distilling. Far from slowing down, the craft distilling movement appears to be gathering pace and attracting ever greater interest from consumers and industry giants.


Is single malt really the Great White Hope for Scotch whisky? - Comment 5 May 2016

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Although the global sales of Scotch whisky may have declined by around one quarter in volume terms in the past decade - slipping by 3% in 2014 alone, if you believe the optimistic statements of industry leaders, you'd be forgiven for thinking that all is for the best in this best of possible worlds.


Why spirits marketers should be proud of their luxury efforts - Comment 31 Mar 2016

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Earlier this month, at the annual CAGE conference in London, LVMH CFO Jean-Jacques Guiony presented an eye-opening look at how the luxury goods category operates. What can the spirits category learn from Guiony’s observations? Ian Buxton takes a look.


Why is China good for one Cognac producer, and bad for another? - Comment 1 Mar 2016

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Considering the disparity of performances from Cognac brand owners in China, I've been looking at what's really happening within the country, and have been talking to some brands about their varying strategies and view of future prospects. First, let's look at the numbers.


What's so special about Islay anyway? - Comment 2 Feb 2016

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

The news that Hunter Laing & Co has committed GBP8m (US$11.4m) to move from independent bottler to full-blown distiller by building its own, brand-new distillery on Islay got me thinking: What makes the place so special? After all, it's hardly the only Scottish island with a distillery.


Can still makers cope with the craft spirits explosion? - Comment 23 Oct 2015

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Much has been written recently about the impact of the boom in craft distilling on the spirits sector. Depending on your point of view it offers colour, variety and innovation or possibly is nothing more than a minor diversion of little long-term significance and trivial volumes.


What have craft spirits ever done for us? - Comment 22 Sep 2015

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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.


Rye: No Longer on the Rocks - Comment 18 Aug 2015

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

The brown spirits category continues to see segments rise and fall in popularity. This month, Ian Buxton looks at rye, which has surprised many with its recent return to form.


Comment - Spirits - How Cognac Views the China Storm 28 Jul 2015

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Ian Buxton has just returned from Cognac. Much as he expected to see a gloomy fug over the region, he was surprised by the upbeat air among its spirits producers.


Comment – Spirits – Irish Whiskey: Large Eyes, But a Small Pie? 18 Jun 2015

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

The clamour in recent years to enter the Irish whiskey category suggests that the segment is poised to become the next big thing. But, with one brand dominating the sector massively, are the prospects for growth really all they're cracked up to be? Ian Buxton considers.


Comment - Spirits - Is Marketing Twisting the Meanings of Words? 21 May 2015

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

In the battle for consumers' hearts and minds, are drinks companies overlooking the widely-held definitions of words and phrases? Is there leeway to argue that certain terms may not mean exactly what consumers perceive? Ian Buxton considers the evidence.


Comment - Spirits - 'Craft' and the Danger of 'Romance Copy' 26 Mar 2015

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

A storm appears to be brewing in the spirits category and it's a storm borne out of marketing. Can spirits companies settle the terminology tiff before things get out of hand, or is it too late? Ian Buxton investigates.


Comment - Spirits - Where does 'Craft' End and 'Mass' Begin? 24 Feb 2015

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

In spirits, the craft segment is making hay, with consumers buying into the category's more artisanal, less global approach. But, where is the line drawn between craft distilling and mass distilling? Ian Buxton investigates.


Comment - Spirits - Where Next for Scotch Whisky? 29 Jan 2015

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

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.


Comment - Spirits - Is the Golden Age of Rum Upon Us? 4 Dec 2014

Column: Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Long touted as the natural successor to single malt whiskies, premium and super-premium rums have yet to make a dramatic impact on consumers. Could that be about to change? Ian Buxton takes a closer look.


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.

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