The rum brands to watch in 2015

Rum is casting off its party image with super-premium and sipping expressions, but will the strategy work to win consumers over, and which brands will succeed? We pick our rum brands and trends to watch in 2015

The week in pictures

While one boxing champion turns his hand to cocktail making, London Underground was taken over by vodka and a basil gin made its way to Mexico – here’s your weekly roundup of spirits industry events

The Cognac and brandy brands to watch in 2015

Luxury Cognac companies were caught unawares by growth declines, but it’s not all doom and gloom for the category as we pick three promising brands and trends to watch in 2015

Diageo investigates spider in Smirnoff Gold

Diageo has launched an investigation into claims a man discovered a large dead spider at the bottom of his unopened bottle of Smirnoff vodka

Thrash metal band Anthrax releases Bourbon

Members of American thrash metal band Anthrax have released their own brand of single barrel Bourbon, named after one of their hit songs

Cocktail Update

Cocktail bar to open in public toilets

The owner of a vodka brand has won an 18-month battle with residents to open a cocktail bar in abandoned public toilets in London

Should cocktails be paired with meals?

Two top mixologists lock horns over whether – in the same way as wine – cocktails can be paired with food, or be consumed in the same way as wine

World’s best bars to visit in 2015

Increasing creativity of international bartenders means our list of the world’s best bars to visit in 2015 is one of the most exciting yet


Features

The world whisky brands to watch in 2015

Ireland, the US, India, Japan and even Europe, the spirits industry has been inundated with top quality world whiskies of late, so we’ve picked three brands and trends worth watching in 2015

Middle East is ‘polarised market’ for spirits

While the Middle East is currently marked by strife and conflict, its great contradiction is its potential for spirits businesses, both in the high-end market and at entry-level

The Scotch brands to watch in 2015

Only time will tell if Scotch whisky can claw back sales after a year of decline, but which will be the three brands worth keeping an eye on in 2015?

Confessions of a spirits retail buyer: Royal Mile Whiskies

Arthur Motley, sales and purchasing director for Edinburgh-based retailer Royal Mile Whiskies, discusses the importance of helping inexperienced customers and his high hopes for Armagnac

The vodka brands to watch in 2015

Will the flavour phenomenen continue to thrive or will consumers return to more classic expressions? We select the vodka brands and trends to watch in 2015

Spirits Business TV

Edgerton Pink Gin founder Martin Edgerton Gill talks to The Spirits Business about the brand’s growth and the launch of the inaugural Edgerton Pink Gin Masters

William Grant & Sons has released its first Drambuie TV advert since acquiring the Scotch whisky liqueur brand earlier this year

Martini is targeting a new generation of consumers with the launch of a new cross-media global campaign

Spirits Business top 10

Buffalo Trace’s coveted Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old is the whisky most highly rated by consumers, a new report has revealed

Doug Bagley, managing director of Diageo’s travel retail arm, talks to Becky Paskin about the high profile trademark battle over the Explorers Club name and his premium, exclusive focus

Rum is casting off its party image with super-premium and sipping expressions, but will the strategy work to win consumers over, and which brands will succeed? We pick our rum brands and trends to watch in 2015

While one boxing champion turns his hand to cocktail making, London Underground was taken over by vodka and a basil gin made its way to Mexico – here’s your weekly roundup of spirits industry events

Luxury Cognac companies were caught unawares by growth declines, but it’s not all doom and gloom for the category as we pick three promising brands and trends to watch in 2015

Upcoming Competitions

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Edgerton Pink Gin Masters

Closing date:03 February 2015