Division Manager at NeoComet, KFF Food & Beverage's spirits distribution arm, Tony Mazloum, told Executive that although standard blended whiskey
continues to outsell other whiskey categories, the company has started to invest more in high-end and premium brands.
When a blended whiskey
does list an age, each individual malt and grain whiskey must be at least as old as the age listed.
As for blended whiskey
, it must contain at least 20% straight whiskey in combination with neutral grain spirits, colors and flavors.
While long-time blended whiskey
category leader Seagram's 7 faltered last year (down 2.1 percent to 2.130M cases), other brands in the top tier showed growth--Kessler (up 2.5 percent to 730,000 cases), Kentucky Deluxe (up 2.4 percent to 302,000 cases), McCormick Blend (up 1.1 percent to 240,000 cases), and Beam 8 Star (up 4 percent to 180,000 cases), lire leading blends accounted for more than four million cases sold all told, nothing to sneeze at and a sign that this portion of the whiskey market seems to have stabilized.
This purchase transaction, valued at approximately USD65m, includes the brands Wolfschmidt vodka, Calvert (Lord Calvert Canadian, Calvert Extra, and gin), Bellows (blended whiskey
, Bourbon, gin, rum, Scotch and vodka), Dark Eyes vodka, Canada House Canadian and Tempo Triple Sec.
Kilbeggan, a patent still blended whiskey
, is being promoted, like Tullamore Dew, as all-Irish.
How can a category that is the third largest among total distilled spirits (vodka and cordials are both bigger), that represents more than 11% of total liquor consumption and that accounts for more volume than Scotch and American blended whiskey
combined, have an identity crisis?
Hotel News Now spoke to three hoteliers as to why they decided to go asolo.a Whiskey Jeremy Hopkins, GM of Londonas independent AthenA[bar]um Hotel, with 164 guestrooms, claims his hotelas Whisky Bar, which has more than 300 aexpressions,a has Londonas largest selection of single malts and blended whiskeys
. Scotland is the most represented nation, but there are also whiskeys from more unlikely sources such as Finland, France and The Netherlands, and earlier this year it produced its own signature blend named The AthenA[bar]um.
WELSH livestock farmers must produce "single malts" rather than "blended whiskeys
" to generate decent profits.
The two parties were believed to have been close to a deal after agreeing a valuation of EUR30 million for the Irish company which produces a range of popular branded single malt and blended whiskeys