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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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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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Ardbeg’s Pirate Captain Sails Into the Sunset (Episode 857: February 7, 2021)

Mickey Heads retired recently after 13 years as Ardbeg’s distillery manager and four decades of work at distilleries on Islay...

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Asia’s Whisky Capital (Episode 856: January 31, 2021)

Hong Kong has become a key center for the world’s whisky makers, and we had more evidence of that this...

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A Bright Future for The GlenAllachie (Episode 854: January 17, 2021)

It’s been a little more than three years since Billy Walker and his partners acquired Scotland’s GlenAllachie Distillery from Chivas...

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Auction Houses Bid for Whisky Collectors’ Business

With more people looking at rare whiskies as investments, more of the world’s top auction houses are adding spirits experts...

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Irish Whiskey Industry Toasts a Golden Decade

By Mark Gillespie December 4, 2020 – Irish Whiskey makers have had a decade to remember. The years between 2010...

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