A week in whisky: record exports, whisky school and Mark Twain

Our favourite whisky news and articles this week.

Happy New Year from Braw Spirit! Here’s what we’ve been reading about in the first week of 2014.

2014 – Week 1

The world can’t get enough of Scotch. Confirming what everyone already knows, the Scottish Government releases fixtures showing an 87% increase in the value of Scotch whisky exports over the past 10 years to reach £4.3bn per year. Sales volumes have also increased by 32% in the same period.

Japanese Whisky is in focus too. Global exports boom at Nikka and Yamazaki increases production for the first time in 45 years. The story of the father of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru and his Scottish wife is being aired by Japanese national broadcaster NHK later this year.

Flavoured whisky isn’t going away. Spirit drinks; which mix whisky or whiskey with other ingredients are also on the increase as distillers look to capture new markets and work outside of the strict Scotch production rules.

Should Islay have a whisky school? The Longship distillery on Orkney are planning one.

Like whisky? You’re probably a Republican. A US study reveals correlation between political leaning and the colour of the alcohol you’re drinking.

Vinnie Jones’ new favourite drink? Lock, Stock and Barrel introduce a 13-year Rye Whiskey.

Cake with that?. An offhand remark on Facebook leads to the creation of the first Cake and Whiskey Club in Chicago.

Bourbon Tourism in Louisville. A three, part, guide to help create the ‘Bourbon capital of the world’.

If it’s good enough for Mark Twain… The author discovered his new favourite drink in London in 1874 and the recipe is here.

(Featured image: WSJ Blogs)

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