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Farmers say maple tree sap has flowed too early this year thanks to an unusually warm winter, which could lead to a shortage

We don’t want to get too sappy, but we’d miss pouring maple syrup all over our pancakes and waffles.

Yet another sign of the troubling effects of global warming: The maple syrup industry has announced a looming shortage.

The unusually warm weather this February and March has caused the sap to flow earlier than normal, farmers in Pennsylvania say. Although a spate of warm weather isn’t necessarily a death sentence for maple syrup, there could be a serious issue unless things cool down quickly.

The ideal formula for continually-flowing sap is below-freezing nights and warmer days, but recent evenings just have not gotten cold enough. This is the second year in a row that sap has flowed as early as January for farmers.

“For the sap to keep running we need warm days followed by cold nights, below freezing, to drive the sap down and keep the trees from budding,” Don Hess, a maple syrup producer at Duck’s Maple Farm in Pennsylvania’s Fayette County, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . “If it doesn’t get cold again, I’m done.”

If cold weather doesn’t return, sap collection season could end unusually early. The effects of any shortage could trickle down to consumers, especially considering demand for maple syrup has gone up over the past decade.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

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W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014 Credit: Alamy

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W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014 Credit: Alamy

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W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014 Credit: Alamy

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W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014 Credit: Alamy

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W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014 Credit: Alamy

Follow the author of this article

Follow the topics within this article

W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014 Credit: Alamy

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W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014 Credit: Alamy

Follow the author of this article

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W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014 Credit: Alamy

Follow the author of this article

Follow the topics within this article

W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.


Don't panic, but we might be running out of Scotch whisky

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014 Credit: Alamy

Follow the author of this article

Follow the topics within this article

W hisky fans, look away now - the world is facing a shortage of a single malt Scotch.

According to a CNN report, demand for the Scottish nectar is now so high that distilleries simply can't keep up with demand.

"The shortage of old and rare single malt. has already started, and it's going to get worse," Rickesh Kishnani, who launched the world's first whisky investment fund, told the news service.

Global single malt sales rose by 159 per cent between 2004 and 2014, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. Many new markets have a growing thirst for the drink - particularly Asia, which now consumes one-fifth of all Scotch exports.

B ecause single malt whisky takes years to produce - by law, all Scotch whisky must be aged for at least three years - distilleries, and the best are aged much longer - distilleries have been unable to quickly ramp up production. Some 20 million casks are currently maturing in warehouses in Scotland.

Experts say the shortage could last 10-15 years, and push up prices considerably. The Investment Grade Scotch Whisky Index, which tracks the value of high-end whiskies, increased by 14 per cent last year.

"We are currently working at full capacity - seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Charlie Whitfield, a brand manager for Scotch whisky firm Macallan, told CNN Money. "We just need to be patient and allow those casks to work their magic." Macallan is currently building a £100 million second distillery which is expected to open in 2017.

"The ultimate challenge for the industry is how do you predict what you will or won’t sell in the time it takes to mature Scotch," Eddie Ludlow, co-founder of whisky events organiser The Whisky Lounge, told the Telegraph. "The distillers spend millions on research into this specific question but it is still such an unknown quantity. You have to balance making enough with the ability to sell it. And single malts were never expected to be as successful as they have become."

S cotland is not the only whisky-producing nation struggling to keep up with demand: American distillers making bourbon whisky are facing similar problems. In 2013, to try and preserve their supplies, the Maker’s Mark brand announced that it would cut its alcohol content from 45 per cent 42 percent – but the backlash was so severe they were forced to relinquish their plans.



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