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As Irish whiskey comes of age, so do its problems

It takes three years and a day for a whiskey in Ireland to mature long enough to be officially categorised as an Irish whiskey....

What are the growth prospects for int'l whisk(e)y?

The robust growth of the huge international whisk(e)y category is set to continue in the coming years, driven by generational shifts, helpfu...


Andy Morton | 6 Jul 2017

Analysts at Exane BNP Paribas have dug deep into latest IWSR figures to uncover the emerging trends in global spirits. Here, just-drinks takes a look at some of the prevailing winds currently on show.


Richard Woodard | 18 May 2017

In wanting to trumpet their credentials, craft spirits brands still owe much to the bigger, more-established brands in the segments. Richard Woodard believes beating up the big boys leaves craft brands open to charges of biting the hand that feeds them.


Ian Buxton | 1 Feb 2017

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.


Ian Buxton | 29 Nov 2016

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.

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Andy Morton | 1 Nov 2017

Last month, William Grant & Sons opened a new grain distillery and bottling plant at its Tullamore Dew site. The ceremony, held on a rainswept afternoon in central Ireland, was one of the final stages in William Grant's Irish whiskey venture, launched when it bought the Tullamore Dew brand in 2010.


Andy Morton | 6 Dec 2016

Andre de Almeida had been William Grant & Sons' director for European Travel Retail for four years when he decided earlier this year to take up the role of Global Travel Retail head at Scotch whisky specialists Loch Lomond Group. That was in July, and now the Brazilian-born de Almeida, who moved to Scotland when he was 15, faces one of the biggest challenges of his career - establishing Loch Lomond as a player in the GTR channel.

Latest News

Andy Morton | 15 Nov 2017

William Grant & Sons is to launch tin cases for its 12- and 15-year-old Glenfiddich expressions.


Lucy Britner | 8 Nov 2017

Bacardi has announced the return of Maurice Doyle to the company, in the role of president of incubator brands & global commercial development.


Lucy Britner | 7 Nov 2017

William Grant & Sons has lined up a global Instagram competition for its Drambuie liqueur as it looks to engage bartenders with the brand. 


Andy Morton | 3 Nov 2017

Irish whiskey distiller Walsh Whiskey is to enter the Taiwanese market for the first time after signing a distribution deal.


Andy Morton | 26 Oct 2017

The CEO of William Grant & Sons has said the opening of a new grain distillery and bottling plant for Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey puts the brand in control of its own future for the next 100 years.


Andy Morton | 25 Oct 2017

William Grant & Sons' New York State-based Hudson Whiskey has offered 60 of its casks on direct sale to allow bars, restaurants and retailers to bottle their own spirit.


Andy Morton | 5 Oct 2017

William Grant & Sons' latest iteration of its Tullamore Dew brand aims to bring new innovation to the Irish whiskey category by combining it with rum.


Andy Morton | 29 Sep 2017

William Grant & Sons has said foreign exchange gains helped deliver strong profits and sales growth for the company last year.


Olly Wehring | 29 Sep 2017

William Grant & Sons has unveiled the second batch of its Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera iteration.


Olly Wehring | 22 Sep 2017

William Grant & Sons has redrawn its global commercial structure, resulting in the promotion of its head of UK to lead Europe, the Middle East & Africa.


Olly Wehring | 21 Sep 2017

William Grant & Sons has released details of a limited edition release of Glenfiddich that has been finished in icewine casks.


Olly Wehring | 20 Sep 2017

William Grant & Son has tapped into the growing personalisation trend with its Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey brand, creating a branded DNA kit to encourage consumers globally to "uncover their own unique blend".


Lucy Britner | 7 Sep 2017

William Grant & Sons has launched another tattoo-inspired bottle design for its Sailor Jerry rum brand in the UK market. 


Lucy Britner | 7 Sep 2017

William Grant & Sons has lined up the release of a peated expression under The Balvenie brand. The 14 year old whisky is a 2002 vintage. 


Lucy Britner | 7 Aug 2017

William Grant & sons has rolled out a special edition bottle of its Sailor Jerry spiced rum brand to the UK market. 


Andy Morton | 2 Aug 2017

William Grant & Sons has added the first new expression to its Monkey Shoulder Scotch whisky in the brand’s 12-year history, the peated Smokey Monkey.


Andy Morton | 14 Jul 2017

The UK vodka market was stagnant last year despite off-trade growth for flavoured expressions, a new report has said.


Andy Morton | 19 Jun 2017

William Grant & Sons has launched 70cl formats of its Hudson whiskey brand in the UK.


Andy Morton | 12 Jun 2017

William Grant & Sons is offering a free Hendricks gin & tonic to UK consumers in exchange for a cucumber.


Olly Wehring | 30 May 2017

Gruppo Campari has declined to comment on claims its Carolans and Irish Mist spirits brands are going up for sale.


Lucy Britner | 26 May 2017

William Grant & Sons has launched its first television advertising campaign for vodka brand Reyka in the US market. 


Andy Morton | 12 May 2017

William Grant & Sons has taken a step further into virtual reality marketing with a new airport activation for Glenfiddich.

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 22 Oct 2015

just-drinks is in Cannes this week at the Tax Free World Association show. Here's the second part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of the most important dates in the Travel Retail calendar.

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William Grant & Sons in Spirits (World)

William Grant & Sons in Spirits (World)

Primarily known as a player in Scotch whisky, in recent years William Grant has broadened its portfolio through a mixture of brand innovation such as Hendrick’s and acquisition with Drambuie. While a...

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Country Profile: Spirits Sector in Portugal

Country Profile: Spirits Sector in Portugal

The Portuguese Spirits sector is led by the Whiskey market, which is not only the largest in both value and volume terms but is also forecast to register the fastest growth during 2016-2021. The secto...

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Global Scotch Whisky Market 2017-2021

Global Scotch Whisky Market 2017-2021

Scotch whisky is produced in Scotland. It is produced, packaged, and labeled as per SWR 2009. Scotch whisky is produced in five regions in Scotland: Highland, Lowland, Islay, Speyside, and Campbeltown...

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