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After a decade of strong growth - in which producers invested in new distilleries or extended the capacity of existing ones - demand for whisky has slowed sharply. Demand has been affected by the slowdown in economic growth in emerging markets

Enthusiasm for single malt lifts demand

Industry plans investment despite a decline in exports

Distillers try to beat the counterfeiters

Whisky bottles full of hooch and false labels are some of the problems the industry faces

Kenny Maclean, production manager at Isle of Harris Distillery
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Thirst for malt helps island distilleries

Buoyed by a rise in tourism and increase in sales, producers are thriving and creating jobs

Teeling whiskey group shot
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A revival in fortunes for Irish whiskey

The industry once faced extinction but now has ambitious plans for growth

Debate over minimum alcohol pricing plan

Whisky industry is keenly aware that sales are affected by tariffs and tax levels

Annandale Distillery

Hardwork and an entrepreneurial spirit

Independent distilleries are growing faster than the overall market

Andy Simpson
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Venture charts highs and lows of whisky

Historical sales database targets investors wanting to buy and sell rare bottles

Growing taste for old-fashioned cocktails

Brands are becoming bolder with the flavours of their drinks

Seeking harmony in the Hebrides

The whisky industry is going green and finding fresh uses for by-products

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a worker pours a glass of whisky at a distillery in Taiwan
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Distillers look beyond sales fall

Exports fell in the first half of this year, but the industry is bullish

Sweden moves from devoted whisky consumer to skilled producer

New distilleries with global plans reveal the quality of Nordic malts

A wee dram of the real Scottish distillery experience

The industry is finding inventive ways to recruit new advocates of its brands

Beckham helps kick-off promotion for single status

The ‘single grain’ is being pushed as the next big thing to a rising generation of drinkers

Collectable malts may be in ‘bubble’ territory

There is already evidence of a slump in the retail market, and rare whiskies could follow

Building brands bar by bar and street by street

Diageo’s David Gates talks about the challenges of marketing whiskies to a global customer base

Industry looks west again as emerging market demand dips

The bourbon industry has been more innovative with flavours

China’s austerity drive hits sales but drinkers grow more discerning

The green-tea mixer is out and premium whiskies in specialist bars are in

Despite early year dip, US still growing market for Scotch

Higher-end producers stand to benefit from a bulge in the numbers of young people willing to experiment with their drinks

Craft distillers breathe new life into US market

Despite the trend, some companies prefer to avoid the label

Investors turn to champagne as prices hold

Attractive entry points and healthy consumption add to appeal

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