March 2023 – Issue #6
A busy month in the world of whiskey
A pair of high profile bourbon busts in the States, a new global number one for scotch exports, and a pair of high priced whiskeys that we’re angling to get in our collections. News and notes from around the world of whiskey for March!
GLOBAL SCOTCH SALES
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) recently released their annual export statistics, and global whiskey exports passed £6B for the first time, a 37% growth over 2021! The reigning leader since 2000, France was dethroned as the top importer of Scotch whisky (by volume), with India taking the crown by importing 219M bottles.
The Price of Fame
While globally whiskey may command a smaller market than beer or wine, that does not prevent jaw-dropping prices for unique bottles. A bottle of Macallan recently went at a charity auction for $250k. One of only two bottles, the other is being kept in the Macallan archives.
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For those looking for a whisky you CAN get your hands on, Suntory has released a 55 year old version of their famous Yamazaki label for a cool $1M. If you’ve been looking to procure a piece of history, and have a bit of scratch on your hands, it’s in stock at our partner Tipxy!
With a boom often comes a bust, and the bourbon industry in the USA is no exception. Separate scandals in Kentucky and Oregon hearken back to bootlegger days, where deals are done under the table and the g-men take a cut of the action.
TOP 10 WHISKEY LISTS
Curated Just for You
Did you know, over on the Abov Website, we are constantly curating lists of great whiskeys we think you should try? Leveraging all your ratings and reviews, we recommend whiskeys based on categories, flavor profiles, and more. Skim through our lists and let us know which ones you love!
WHAT'S IN YOUR GLASS?
Paul John Select Cask PX
USER REVIEW OF THE MONTH
Sakumaru – Redbreast Lustau Edition – 87/100
After the 12, 15, and Lustau, I feel happy with the distillery, and eager for more.”
WHAT THE ABOV TEAM IS DRINKING
Sean – @WhiskyCEO
MOST COVETED WHISK(E)Y THIS MONTH
Nikka Whisky from the Barrel
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