Top 16 spirits at TFWA Cannes 2014

TFWA Cannes is back for its 30th year, with a stellar line-up of new spirits from Scotch to liqueurs and flavoured vodka searching for glory in travel retail

The week in pictures

Lots of cocktail competitions culminated in grand finales this week, while Becks released the first TV ad for his Haig Club whisky

Demand growing for barrel-aged gin

The gin renaissance has resurrected a practice for barrel-ageing, but as Becky Paskin finds, there’s a fine line between creating a cask-rested gin and a botanical-flavoured whisky

Micro-distillery to launch cinnamon whisky

A micro-distillery is readying to release a new cinnamon-flavoured whiskey later this month

Diageo boosts ‘sophistication’ of cachaça sector

The involvement of international drinks groups in the cachaça category has helped it become more “aspirational and sophisticated”, according to a leading drinks analyst

Cocktail Update

Are drinkers turned off by bar dress codes?

Two bar group managers discuss whether imposing a dress code is necessary to create the ‘right’ image, or if doing so comes at the price of alienating customers

Busy bars to benefit from ‘affordable’ robot bartender

Bartender robots may seem like nothing more than a science fiction idea, but they could soon become more commonplace after a prototype received £2 million backing

Slovakian lady named world’s best bartender

A female bartender from the Slovak Republic has been named the 2014 International Bartenders’ Association (IBA) World Cocktail Champion at a global final held in Cape Town this week


Features

Top 10 UK distilleries to open in 2014

Hoards of investors have rushed to open new distilleries in the UK over the past 12 months, as the spirits renaissance continues to flourish

Top 10 cinnamon flavoured whiskies

Whisky producers the world over have been embracing the flavour phenomenon, but it’s not just honey leading the trend as cinnamon expressions vie to capture consumers’ attention

Top 10 most beautiful Cognac bottles

While the age-old expression “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” also applies to Cognac, it is a category which has some of the most beautiful, extravagant and indeed expensive bottles in the business

Johnnie Walker: a brand history

From humble beginnings in Scotland, Johnnie Walker has journeyed to dominate the global whisky market and become the world’s best selling Scotch

Top 10 tips to turn a cocktail into a classic

Bartenders are constantly striving to break boundaries when it comes to cocktail innovation, but creating a classic to stand the test of time is no easy feat

Top 10 gin bottle designs

As one of the most saturated categories in the spirits industry, gin brands produce an array of cool, intricate and bold bottle designs to stand out from the crowd.

Hottest bar openings in September 2014

Botanical cocktails, flavour maps and beer and shot pairings are some of the innovations which feature in BarChick’s hottest bars to open in September 2014

Top 5 bars in… New Orleans

The most recent wave of cocktail innovation is riding the crest of New Orleans’ restaurant boom, with the best venues swinging both ways, BarChick discovers

Spirits Business TV

Diageo has launched the first TV advert for single grain Scotch whisky Haig Club, directed by Guy Ritchie and featuring David Beckham

David Beckham celebrated the global roll out of his Haig Club whisky at a launch party attended by his business partner Simon Fuller, wife Victoria Beckham and Gordon Ramsay

Swedish vodka brand Purity has released its second advertisement starring US comedian Joel McHale

Spirits Business top 10

TFWA Cannes is back for its 30th year, with a stellar line-up of new spirits from Scotch to liqueurs and flavoured vodka searching for glory in travel retail

Lots of cocktail competitions culminated in grand finales this week, while Becks released the first TV ad for his Haig Club whisky

The gin renaissance has resurrected a practice for barrel-ageing, but as Becky Paskin finds, there’s a fine line between creating a cask-rested gin and a botanical-flavoured whisky

Hoards of investors have rushed to open new distilleries in the UK over the past 12 months, as the spirits renaissance continues to flourish

Two bar group managers discuss whether imposing a dress code is necessary to create the ‘right’ image, or if doing so comes at the price of alienating customers

Whisky producers the world over have been embracing the flavour phenomenon, but it’s not just honey leading the trend as cinnamon expressions vie to capture consumers’ attention

Tequila is not an easy spirit to work with, but rising to the challenge and winning the final Wenneker Swizzle Masters preliminary heat was general manager of London Cocktail Club, Robb Collins

While the age-old expression “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” also applies to Cognac, it is a category which has some of the most beautiful, extravagant and indeed expensive bottles in the business

Upcoming Competitions

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The Spirits Design Masters 2014

Closing date:04 November 2014
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The Spiritual 2014 Award

Closing date:05 November 2014
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The Tequila Masters 2015

Closing date:04 December 2014