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Betts Departing as Scotch Whisky Association CEO

By Mark Gillespie July 12, 2021 – After four years on the job, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive Karen Betts...

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U.S., European Union Reach Compromise on Aircraft Subsidies Dispute, End of Some Spirits Tariffs

By Mark Gillespie June 15, 2021 – The trade dispute over government subsidies to Airbus and Boeing that spilled over into...

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British Government Starts Process of Ending Bourbon Tariff

By Mark Gillespie May 24, 2021 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to end Great Britain’s import tariff on...

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Europe Pauses Planned Rise in Tariffs on American Whiskies

May 17, 2021 – A thaw in relations between the European Union and the United States has American whisky makers...

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Rye is Rye, Right? Not So Fast… (Episode 867: April 19, 2021)

Whisky lovers can probably name at least a few varieties of barley commonly used to make single malts, but rye?...

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Live Whisky Events Are Returning…Are We Ready? (Episode 864: March 28, 2021)

Virtually every major whisky event worldwide in the past year has been cancelled, postponed, or gone virtual because of the...

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“Star Trek” Economics & Whisky Prices in a Post-Tariff World

Commentary by Mark Gillespie March 6, 2021 – After the United States reached tentative truces with Great Britain and the...

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U.S. Suspends Single Malt Whisky Tariffs During Talks with Great Britain & Europe

By Mark Gillespie Updated March 5, 2021 – In a surprise early-morning move Thursday, the Biden Administration announced a four-month...

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US Spirits Industry Makes Gains in 2020 Despite Covid, Tariffs

By Mark Gillespie January 28, 2021 – 2020 was not a good year by virtually all measurements, but the U.S. distilled...

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A Fèis-Less Islay Again in 2021 (Episode 855: January 25, 2021)

For the second straight year, Islay’s biggest party of the year has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Fèis...

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