Swirling like Scotch mist around the Spey, are stories of a Scotch whisky industry caught napping – of ho-hum new expressions and a lack of vision. Is Scotland’s greatest export all washed up, asks David Lloyd? It’s been a sobering year for the Scotch whisky industry. Internationally, sales are down. Slated new distillery projects have been mothballed and, to pour cold water on it all, the Jim Murray Whisky Bible awarded its Whisky of the Year gong to a Japanese brand.