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Interview: John Glaser On Compass Box’s Role In Blended Scotch

Editor’s Note: While most of Scotch whisky’s recent progress has come from single malts, a U.K.-based American, John Glaser, has staked out a robust niche in blended Scotch with his Compass Box range. Founded in 2000 by Glaser, a 52-year-old American who once worked in marketing for Johnnie Walker, Compass Box has adroitly sought out aged stocks—its Hedonism ($120 a 750-ml.) contains liquid 18 years and older—and sold them to high-end bars, restaurants and specialty retailers. Creative names like Peat Monster ($65 a 750-ml., with 8,000 six-pack cases shipped to the U.S. last year) have caught consumers’ attention. Compass Box, in which Bacardi has a minority stake, has also gained an iconoclastic reputation for taking on the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) over issues regarding transparency and age statements. SND recently caught up with Glaser at his London headquarters to get an update Compass Box’s progress. Continue reading →

Posted in News on January 25, 2017

Whisky Advocate Presents Cochrane, MacAffer And Paterson With Lifetime Achievement Awards

Whisky Advocate has honored Scotch whisky luminaries Willie Cochrane, Eddie MacAffer and Richard Paterson with its Lifetime Achievement award. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 20, 2016

Diageo Looks To Update Single Malt Marketing For A New Generation

Single malt Scotch whisky has long leveraged its historical mystique to burnish a reputation as one of the drinks industry’s most prestigious categories. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 14, 2016

Diageo’s Buchanan’s Bidding To Transcend Scotch Whisky Category

Propelled by a strong following within the Latino community, Buchanan’s is currently the fastest-growing Scotch whisky brand in the U.S. market, having expanded by 55% since 2012, according to Impact Databank. Continue reading →

Posted in News on November 29, 2016

Interview: K&L’s Spirits Buyer David Driscoll Talks Scotch Whisky Trends

California retailer K&L Wine Merchants operates three stores in the Golden State, located in Redwood City, San Francisco and Hollywood. Traditionally known as a wine powerhouse, over the past decade K&L has seen its spirits sales grow from 3% of its revenue to the current 12% share. For the nine years, head spirits buyer David Driscoll has developed direct relationships with Scotch whisky distillers, bringing products from small-lot players into K&L’s stores and cultivating a loyal customer base. SND recently spoke with Driscoll about current Scotch whisky trends. Continue reading →

Posted in News on November 22, 2016

As Single Malt Thrives, Blended Scotch Looks To Turn The Corner

As whiskies surge in the U.S. market, blended Scotch is being left out of the boom. Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 19, 2016

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