Interview: Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris Talks Small-Batch Whiskey

Woodford Reserve joined a growing movement in whiskey last year by starting its own limited-release, small-batch line. The Woodford Reserve Distillery Series launched last July with Double Double Oaked and Sweet Mash Redux, and expanded this year with Frosty Four Wood. These distinctly tasting...

How Scotch is Reinventing Itself for Modern Drinkers

Among whisky categories, Scotch is most venerable, enjoying a reputation for sophistication and elegance. That distinction, however, comes at a price. And that price has been rising, to the detriment of retailers. Single malts are...

Demand for Japanese Whisky in America Outweighs Supply

Bottles do not last long on store shelves. Shipments are limited. Connoisseurs and curious drinkers grab what they can. The cost to purchase can rise well beyond the suggested retail price. This may sound like...

Irish Whiskey Enters New Phase in Growth and Popularity

Irish whiskey enjoyed another strong year — one more in a string of annual double-digit growth. The category has bulked up, now eclipsing single malt Scotch in volume, if not sales. Irish whiskey is entering...

Scotch Tax Cut Generates $137M for Treasury — SWA Seeks More Cuts

A 2% tax cut last year on scotch prices drove $137 million in additional revenue for the United Kingdom treasury, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The cut was the UK’s first tax decrease...

Northern Lights: Canadian Whisky Aims to be the Next Big Thing

“In this neck of the woods, Canadian whiskies have always been very strong sellers,” says Ted Farrell, president of Haskell’s Inc., a wine and spirits retailer based in Minneapolis. “I don’t know if it’s...

Orphan Barrel Launches Gifted Horse, an Accidental Whiskey

Misfortune can sometimes turn into opportunity. Even better when there’s whiskey involved. Such was the case with the seventh release from Diageo’s Orphan Barrel line: Gifted Horse American Whiskey. This new bottle — with a suggested retail...

Behind the Barrel-Strength: An Interview with Wyoming Whiskey’s David DeFazio

The first legal distillery in Wyoming has launched its first barrel-strength bourbon. Wyoming Whiskey opened nine years ago in Kerby, Wyoming. The distillery crafts whiskey from the state’s natural resources, including grains grown within one mile of the...

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Named 2016 World Whisky of the Year

Renowned whisky writer Jim Murray today announced Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as the 2016 World Whisky of the Year, marking the first time a Canadian Whisky has received the honor. The recognition comes at a time...

Interview with Tom Jensen, an American Making Whiskey in Ireland

There’s opportunity in America for Irish whiskey. Although the category still trails scotch sales in the U.S. by about 1 to 4, it is gaining steam. Pernod Ricard’s Irish lineup has performed impressively in recent...

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