Whew, it’s been a wild decade for the whiskey fans! With a vast collection of excellent whiskeys from all countries and traditions, it is likely that almost everyone can find the perfect blend to wet the whistle. As recently as 2010, whiskey production took root in Taiwan, while obscure brands of Irish and rye whiskey made a comeback worthy of our attention.
Craft distilling has taken up residence in the U.S., and it is here to stay. Although some whiskey aficionados might say that craft distilling has been around for decades, the fact of the matter is that the last ten years have brought an explosion of new brands and techniques to the market. This has resulted in a bursting bouquet of flavors and unique experiences that reach far and wide.
We have seen prices ride a roller coaster of supply and demand, and as we look at the coming year and the imminent decade to follow, there are a few things that we should take note of as we raise our glasses to herald the arrival of 2020:
Trend #1: The return of Japanese whiskey to the market
Age statement whiskey from Japan did not outlast its own demand; its production simply could not keep up with the need for this unique product. Whiskey Wonka closed its doors and continued production of their spicy blends in the secrecy of distilling laboratories. It is likely that in the coming months, they will be returning to the market in full force once more, and this time, they will be ready for whatever we ask of them.
Trend #2: States rising to the occasion
Individual producers and states gave rise to new categories of whiskey and differing levels of quality. The promotion of distillery trails, historic tours, and other tourist attractions unique to each distillery raise the bar on what is expected of a whiskey experience and what should be offered. Signature flavors, distillation methods, and marks of distinction are all the rage in those producers who wish to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Trend #3: Worldwide offerings
The whiskey world gets larger by the day. Nordic countries, Australia, and China have well-established distilling practices. At the same time, you can expect to see lesser-known regions of the world like Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America rising to the top of the copper pipe and offering quality spirits to people around the globe. Never has it been easier to order whiskey on the other side of the world from the comfort of your own home.
Trend #4: Collectibles
Whiskey connoisseurs are a discriminating bunch; we like it golden, spicy, and neat. We are willing to pay for quality, and distillers cater to our unique tastes in what they are offering. Get ready to see some collectibles and special edition blends come out that exceed expectations and delight collectors who are looking for the best of the best.
Trend #5: Explosive growth
Is the whiskey market ready to handle over 3000 distilleries worldwide? One thing is certain… with such a wide array of offerings, only truly superior whiskeys rise to the top with their flavors, distillation methods, and supply that can keep up with demand. As whiskey production continues to grow, we will no doubt find our favorites to sip and savor in delicious ways.
Palmetto Distillery: Superior Whiskey In Every Sip
Time-tested distillation methods, secret family recipes handed down for generations, and a passion for continuing to produce the best whiskey in the world are Palmetto’s claims to fame. We know whiskey, and we do it well! Our award-winning moonshine and whiskey will have you coming back for more from your very first sip; we are second-to-none in taste, quality, and value. Will you answer the call of the South? Palmetto will quench your thirst! Visit www.palmettodistillery.com for more information and to place your order today!