The Danger of Increasing Production

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As most of you will know, I have been around the whisk(e)y business for a long number of years….56 to be precise. During that time I have witnessed many highs and lows, including some personal. However, let’s talk about the industry here, and take a good long hard look at what has occurred since 1960. […]

Small distilleries

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The current Explosion of small distilleries, particularly Gin, is reminiscent of the Gin boom in the 1900’s. London was the home of Gin and almost everyone (and their Granny) was able to distil and produce something approaching what is recognisable as gin today. Of course times change, attitudes also have changed, the industry is better […]

The Future for the Spirits Trade

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There is way too much analysis by experts and “so called experts” of the manner in which we organise and operate this great industry. What if, then more what if, usually followed by doom and gloom, let’s start to live a bit, and refrain from, actually being “Bloody Miserable”. The future looks promising to good […]

A Life in the Day of John Part 2

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I talked yesterday about the comparison between the old and the not so old whisky being produced and bottled in this Suntory “Jewel in the crown” It is important to remember that it IS NOT rocket science to produce great whisky. The problem we all have nowadays is that everyone is “So Damned Clever” !! […]

A life in the day of John

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Chez John is now sold. We are looking for a smaller Chez, and hope to find one soon. This sale took place in March, and we have been renting in the interim, and although ok, there is nothing quite like your own property. This year I have already been in Austria, France twice, (probably more […]

Gin v Whisky

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Gin v Whisky or Whisky v Gin Explosions happening with both spirits. Both now being produced in many countries around the world, and why not? Only that there eventually will be an over saturation of very mediocre and probably downright bad expressions of both produced in various parts of the globe. This will be inevitable, […]

The Southern Hemisphere

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I have just returned from a tour to the other side of the world. I was investigating the activity down there of what was developing in the whisky business. What I found was extremely interesting, and illuminating. I believe that the next big whisky explosion will happen on that side of the planet. We talk […]

Frenetic Activity

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I am probably a bit like the “Para Handy” of the whisky business Para handy for all of you non Maggie Accloytes was the legendary skipper of the Clyde Puffer called the “Maggie” Without going into all of the details I think you should look it up. Anyway Para Handy or not, I am still […]