The week in pictures

A gin distillery pop-up, barrel aged cocktail launch, our very first Pre-Mixed Masters and a sweet offering to celebrate the Hindu festival of light all feature in our week in pictures

Top 10 most collectable Scotch whiskies

While distillers are investing heavily in increasing stocks of Scotch whisky, there’s continued soaring interest in historical and vintage expressions on the secondary market

Ten biggest moments in gin history

The storied history of gin has been shaped by many political, legal and cultural shifts such as the Prohibition Act to the global craft distilling boom

Diageo fined £18k over distillery falls

Drinks firm Diageo Scotland Ltd has been fined £18,000 after two employees were hurt after falling at separate sites in Moray

Irish Distillers marks 30 years of Midleton Very Rare

Former Midleton Distillery master distiller Barry Crockett has temporarily come out of retirement to create Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition

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

Are large distillers hijacking ‘craft’?

The term ‘craft’ has widespread marketing appeal, but with the absence of a legal definition, is the sector’s wholesome image being smeared by the big guns?

Confessions of a spirits retail buyer: Waitrose

Herchelle Perez Terrado, spirits buyer for UK supermarket Waitrose, discusses her penchant for gin and Tequila, what products the British public are buying and her busy inbox

The world’s top 10 tiny bars

The phrase “good things come in small packages” certainly applies to this list of the world’s tiniest drinking dens, which includes a historic signal box and stranded Caribbean shack

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

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

Spirits Business TV

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

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

Spirits Business top 10

A gin distillery pop-up, barrel aged cocktail launch, our very first Pre-Mixed Masters and a sweet offering to celebrate the Hindu festival of light all feature in our week in pictures

The term ‘craft’ has widespread marketing appeal, but with the absence of a legal definition, is the sector’s wholesome image being smeared by the big guns?

While distillers are investing heavily in increasing stocks of Scotch whisky, there’s continued soaring interest in historical and vintage expressions on the secondary market

The storied history of gin has been shaped by many political, legal and cultural shifts such as the Prohibition Act to the global craft distilling boom

The phrase “good things come in small packages” certainly applies to this list of the world’s tiniest drinking dens, which includes a historic signal box and stranded Caribbean shack

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

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