Archive for May, 2009

Whyte & Mackay builds 13% share of Indian whisky market in five months

Published Date: 31 May 2009
By William Lyons
THE new chief executive of Whyte & Mackay has revealed that the Scotch firm has secured a significant slice of the world’s largest whisky market in less than five months.

John Beard, who joined the company in March, said the distiller’s range of whiskies had already notched up a 13 per cent share in India’s single malt whisky sector since they were introduced at the start of the year.

Beard replaced Ashwin Malik, wADVERTISEMENTho has returned to India after helping to build Whyte & Mackay (W&M) following its £595 million acquisition in 2007 by Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya and his United Spirits group.

Speaking in his first major interview since taking the helm, Beard said the strategy was to reduce the firm’s dependency on the UK market while growing market share in India and the US. Central to this is a rebranding of its Glayva liqueur in a move that will see it go head to head with rival Drambuie in America. Other W&M products include Whyte and Mackay blended whisky, The Dalmore and Jura malts and vodka brands Vladivar and Pinky.

He said: “The UK has some quite significant issues related to taxation and everyone seems determined to tax the category continuously and therefore we need to look internationally. To date we have been quite dependent on the UK but that dependency is reducing year by year.

“India is a hugely attractive whisky market for the future and we have a route to market through United Spirits which really is quite remarkable. It has 60 per cent of the market, so six out of ten bottles of spirits sold in India come out of our parent company.

“Already we have gained a 13% share of the malt whisky category which in time will be a very, very significant profit opportunity.

“If you compare India to China the interesting comparison is that China is not only about whisky but cognac whereas in India whisky is what consumers drink.”

W&M made pre-tax profits of £25.58m during the 18 months to March 31, 2008, compared with losses of £2.19m in the previous year, according to its last reported results.

This month it entered a “strategic partnership” with Snow Leopard vodka, a Polish-produced luxury brand.
The full article contains 389 words and appears in Scotland On Sunday newspaper.Page 1 of 1

Last Updated: 30 May 2009 1:33 PM
Source: Scotland On Sunday
Location: Scotland
Related Topics: Scotsman Whisky

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WhiskyCast EPISODE 202: MAY 30, 2009 Now Available

It’s hard enough just to keep track of whiskies, but F. Paul Pacult does just that…and rums, tequilas, gins…you name it. Paul names his top spirits of 2009 in the latest edition of the Spirit Journal, and he’ll share some of his favorites in this episode. In the news, Campari closes on the purchase of Wild Turkey, Isle of Jura goes elemental, Buffalo Trace gets experimental, and the results of Kilchoman’s charity auction are astronomical…

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Benromach Host Whisky Tasting on Mountain

Distillery Team Offer Dram at 2150 ft

05.29.2009 – Dedicated staff from Benromach Distillery in Forres will be hosting what could be Scotland’s most rugged whisky tasting yet – as they set up on a mountain to offer a much-needed dram to thousands of participants in the Ten Under The Ben biking marathon.

A five-strong contingent from Benromach will be taking part in the ten-hour cycling race, which is taking place at Nevis Range and Lochaber Rural Complex on Saturday May 30 2009.

The Benromach team will then make their way by gondola to the Snowgoose Restaurant – at 2150ft – to give fellow competitors the chance to relax and sample a few malt whiskies. Expressions on offer will include Benromach Traditional, Organic, Peat Smoke and Marsala Wood Finish.

The tasting is open to any registered participant in the race who is over the age of 18.

Further details at

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Malt Messenger Bulletin – New Springbank Releases In & Drop in Tasting

Dear Malt Messenger Subscirbers,

The next full Malt Messenger will be out next week, but in the meantime I have some big news to share.  Springbank 18Yr and Springbank Madeira Wood have just been released… and in very limited quantities (see below for more info).  Accordingly Mr. Andy Dunn of Gold Medal Marketing and I will be hosting a free, informal drop in Springbank Tasting this Saturday, May 30th from 2-5PM. Drop by for a chance to sample the Springbank 18, Springbank 11Yr Madeira Wood, our private cask bottling of Springbank 1996 (which is now 2/3 sold), as well as some other whiskies from Scotland’s finest distillery. You won’t be disappointed!

Springbank 18Yr – This is the oldest Springbank bottling available at the moment. Only 180 bottles of it are coming to Canada, all of it to Alberta, and KWM is getting 60. The Springbank 18Yr is the newest permanent addition to the distillery’s core range. The whisky is a vatting of 80% sherry casks and 20% bourbon barrels and has been bottled at 46% without colouring or chill-filtering. The first year’s release is of only 7,800 bottles Worldwide, which are not expected to last long; the product is already sold out in Europe. Of the 180 bottles that are coming to Alberta, I expect most will sell out in a matter of months if not weeks. Of the 60 bottles KWM will be getting more than two dozen were pre-sold.  They are retailing for $148.99/bottle. Preliminary Tasting Note (mine): Nose: salty smoke dominated the first pass, the second was round and creamy, the third herbaceous and earthy showing trace of peat, and my final pass showed traces of–dare I say it–cannabis, with a saline quality and gentle oils. Palate: richer than I expected, soft, smoky and bitter-sweet and at the same time very perfumy. Sour, and spicy elements dance around my tongue. There are fruits here, and flowers, in fact the complexity is a little overwhelming. The smoke has a pine-needle edge to it and the fruits taste poached. Finish: sour poached fruits, clean salty smoke, fresh mint and drying traces of viscous mouth coating oils.

Springbank 11 Yr Madeira Wood 1997 – Gold Medal Winner Whisky Magazine New Releases Tasting July 2009. Dave Broom 9/10 – Martine Nouet 8.6/10 – Tasting Note by Dave Broom: “Nose: big, layered and soft. Oak/cedar notes and smoke. Linseed oil, sesame, melted candle, wet vegetation. Light heather, peat then dried fruit. Great complexity. Palate: Needs water. Rounded, sweet and complex with a concentrated wild berry fruit character intriguingly mixed with tarry ropes. Black cherry. Tongue-coating and oily flow. Finish: smoke, dark chocolate. Briary fruits. Comments: Substantial, multifaceted and complex. Highest recommendation. 9/10” Only 120 bottles of this whisky have been released in Canada, KWM will be acquiring approximately 30 bottles of the Madeira finish selling for $91.49/bottle.


If you have any whisky questions or comments concerning The Malt Messenger please contact me by e-mail, phone, or drop by the store. Feel free to forward me any whisky news you feel should be included in a future issue of The Malt Messenger; it might just get included.

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Andrew Ferguson
KWM Scotchguy

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Calgary, AB, Canada
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BenRiach 15yo (46%, OB, Madeira, +/-2008)

A recent addition to the BenRiach line up finished in Madeira Henriques and Henriques barrels and  non chill filtered and without the addition of artificial coloring. The nose is a mild battle between the higher alcohol and the sweetness of vanilla, honey, cooked fruits and raisins. Also some citrus and heather. Very rich and pleasing, slight wood and malt however the over whelming aroma is multi faceted sweetness. The taste is an about face at first with tobacco, pecan, butter, tea at first and only in the later stages do aspects of the sweetness reappear in the form of rich round sweetness much like sun dried dark raisins that have been soaked in whisky prior to being mixed into a plum pudding. The finish is very long and after a few minutes there is a huge malt delivery and this carries on forever it seems. Prior to this there are the aspects as described; tobacco, oak, rich fruit however the very end you’re left with buckets of malt.


In some ways the nose, taste and finish are completely out of sync with each other except this is a very good dram without an off note so all is forgiven. A bit of a dark horse. Visit for more information on the grand drams of BenRiach.


Score 87 Points



The Balvenie-50 Years, Our Coppersmith Remembers

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Glenfiddich Launches Global CRM Programme Featuring Online Community – Scotch Whisky News


Glenfiddich launches global CRM programme featuring online community

LONDON – Glenfiddich, the single malt scotch whisky brand, has launched a global relationship marketing programme, the core of which is a new web-based community, Glenfiddich Explorers, created by integrated agency Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw.

The Explorers RM programme is attempting to cultivate direct relationships with whisky consumers globally using email, SMS, and direct mail. Consumers will be invited to register on the Explorers section of the Glenfiddich website at via an email marketing programme and an online banner campaign.

The Glenfiddich Explorers microsite,, features a blog and four sections which demonstrate the range of Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch whiskies.

The programme emphasises Glenfiddich’s brand message of ‘Every Year Counts’ and targets the ‘smart, modern and experienced’ man aged 35 years and over. 

The RM activity will roll out across Glenfiddich’s core markets worldwide, including the UK, from this month, followed by selected markets later this year.

Film director Babak from RSA UK directed the films included on the Explorers site.  Digital agency Altogether Digital built the back end of the website and integrated all of the web elements created by Kitcatt Nohr.

Glenfiddich is owned by independent distiller William Grant & Sons.

“Relationship marketing is a key growth driver for our core brands,” said Utadi Murphy, William Grant & Sons’ global relationship marketing manager.

“Our online Explorers community will provide visitors with stimulating insights into the pleasures of whisky drinking and the distinctive taste of Glenfiddich. It will help us develop loyalty to the brand, increase frequency and relevance of contact and effectively measure increases in consumption and commitment.”

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World Whisky Awards 2009 
We are proud to announce that two of our whiskies have taken top accolades at the recent 2009 World Whisky Awards.

For the 2nd year in a row, Hedonism has been awarded WORLD’S BEST GRAIN WHISKY (batch H30MMVIII).  And The Peat Monster received WORLD’S BEST SCOTCH VATTED MALT.

Both whiskies were chosen among over 150 different whiskies by the international team of sixteen judges.  We would like to thank all the judges for recognising our whiskies, and hope you, our most critical judges, will agree with their results.

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