The funniest April Fool’s Day spirits news

It’s the one day of the year when the drinks industry lets down its hair to refreshingly ridicule itself, giving us the opportunity to gather the funniest April Fool’s Day spirits pranks

Top 10 spirit launches in March 2015

A cured oak Bourbon, single estate honey liqueur, and the world’s first tea-based spirit all pushed the boundaries of spirits innovation last month

Top 10 most expensive NAS whiskies

Many connoisseurs argue age should not be used used as a benchmark for judging whisky quality, but a storm of debate rages over whether it should justify hefty price tags

Quintessential invests €4m in First Ireland Spirits

International drinks group Quintessential Brands is investing €4 million into expanding its subsidiary company First Ireland Spirits and is considering further acquisition opportunities in Ireland

Kerala High Court reinstates alcohol ban

The Kerala High Court has ruled alcohol is not a fundamental right and upheld a government ban on alcohol in the state, closing 300 bars and leaving just 24 five-star hotels with alcohol licences

Cocktail Update

Calabrese creates world’s oldest Martini

Famed bartender Salvatore Calabrese has created what is thought to be the world’s oldest Martini containing gin and bitters from 1900

Belvedere launches James Bond cocktail comp

As part of its partnership with new James Bond film Spectre, Belvedere has launched a global cocktail competition for bartenders across the world

Video: Behind-the-scenes at the Edgerton Pink Gin Masters

Just last month 12 of the UK’s finest bartenders competed for the chance to win their name on a limited edition batch of Edgerton Pink Gin in a tense cocktail competition


Features

The week in pictures

While whisky lovers descended on London for the 2015 Whisky Live show, a plethora of cocktail competition finales chose their winning contestants

Top 10 crowd-funded spirits projects

As traditional routes to investment are squeezed, a number of innovative spirits start-ups have found success through crowd-funding websites

Top 10 whisky education books

The fascinating world of whisky has captured the interest of millions – for a superior understanding of the sector, these educational books are a must

Top 5 bars in São Paulo

This month, BarChick takes a look through the grey facade of São Paulo to find cocktail delights in a city growing evermore proud of its pours

The week in pictures

There’s never a dull moment in the spirits industry as our week in pictures proves from a multitude of trade shows and cocktail competitions to exclusive distillery tours and tastings

Spirits Business TV

Rémy Cointreau has released its first webisode under the guidance of new creative director Laetitia Casta

Just last month 12 of the UK’s finest bartenders competed for the chance to win their name on a limited edition batch of Edgerton Pink Gin in a tense cocktail competition

Edgerton Pink Gin has spent the past week wooing women on the streets of London, and turned the adventure into a marketing video the brand hopes will go viral in time for Valentine’s Day tomorrow

Spirits Business top 10

An underground Blitz club in London and Hong Kong’s latest cutting-edge hotel bar are among the new drinking dens which enticed barflies around the world last month

It’s the one day of the year when the drinks industry lets down its hair to refreshingly ridicule itself, giving us the opportunity to gather the funniest April Fool’s Day spirits pranks

A cured oak Bourbon, single estate honey liqueur, and the world’s first tea-based spirit all pushed the boundaries of spirits innovation last month

Many connoisseurs argue age should not be used used as a benchmark for judging whisky quality, but a storm of debate rages over whether it should justify hefty price tags

Despite economic headwinds, Western Europe continues its thirst for premium gin, with boutique brands stimulating interest in the market

Upcoming Competitions

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The Asian Spirits Masters 2015

Closing date:10 April 2015
This list of the world's 10 most popular Scotch brands shows which names have out-performed the category

The Scotch Whisky Masters 2015

Closing date:06 May 2015
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The Gin Masters 2015

Closing date:03 June 2015
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The Irish Whiskey Masters 2015

Closing date:08 July 2015