Jameson: a brand history

Two centuries since its birth, Jameson Irish whiskey – with its charm rooted in the streets of Dublin ­– can now boast its global appeal, writes Tom Bruce-Gardyne

The week in pictures

With tastings of ultra-rare Cognac, cocktail competitions and a certain spoof “Bourbon summit”, it’s been a busy week in the world of spirits

Top 10 famous whisky lovers

Some of the world’s most famous politicians, footballers, writers and pop stars are among those to have declared their love for whisky throughout the ages

Most expensive Bourbon sold in US fetches $25k

A new distillery has sold its first bottle of Bourbon for more than US$25,000, reportedly breaking the US record for the most expensive bottle of Bourbon purchased at auction

Bristol restaurant rolls out house-made vermouth

A restaurant in Bristol, UK, is making its house-made vermouth more widely available after becoming frustrated over the absence of quality products on the market

Cocktail Update

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

Australia and NZ bars to visit in 2015

Increasing numbers of international spirits brands and a strong Aussie dollar are fueling creativity Down Under

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


Features

Top 10 moments in rum history

Exile, revolution, war and Prohibition all played a part in shaping the fascinating story of rum. Here are the spirit’s top 10 historical moments

The Pre-Mixed Masters 2014 results

The inaugural Pre-Mixed Masters has shown that bartenders have what it takes to bottle their drinks, but that simplicity is key

The Speciality Spirits Masters 2014 results

The labels categorised under Speciality Spirits for this, the latest addition to the Spirits Masters series, are essential to serious bartenders

The Liqueur Masters 2014 results

Judging liqueurs boils down to one thing: finding a fullness of flavour that, beyond marketing and sleek packaging, speaks for itself

Top 10 London distilleries

London’s historical reputation as the hub of the UK’s spirits industry has been revived in recent years as a swathe of new independent distilleries open up across the city

Spirits Business TV

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

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

Spirits Business top 10

Two centuries since its birth, Jameson Irish whiskey – with its charm rooted in the streets of Dublin ­– can now boast its global appeal, writes Tom Bruce-Gardyne

For any self-respecting spirits brand, America is the promised land, but it’s also one of the toughest markets to crack, as Tom Bruce-Gardyne discovers

With tastings of ultra-rare Cognac, cocktail competitions and a certain spoof “Bourbon summit”, it’s been a busy week in the world of spirits

Some of the world’s most famous politicians, footballers, writers and pop stars are among those to have declared their love for whisky throughout the ages

Exile, revolution, war and Prohibition all played a part in shaping the fascinating story of rum. Here are the spirit’s top 10 historical moments

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The Tequila Masters 2015

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