The week in pictures

Diageo World Class has dominated the spirits industry this week, but among the many challenges taking place across London, there have also been salsa nights, secret speakeasy soirees and celebrity sightings

Diageo’s fastest growing brands in 2013

While Diageo reported a sales decline of £1.1bn today, its spirits sales were “broadly flat”, with pockets of success in its leading brands, some of which grew faster than their relative markets

Top 10 spirit launches in July 2014

Among our list of the top 10 spirit launches in July 2014 is Glenmorangie’s most expensive whisky, a liqueur dedicated to famous literary sisters, and a vodka/Cognac hybrid

Diageo World Class draws to a close

Just six bartenders remain in the Diageo World Class global cocktail competition, the winner of which is due to be announced tonight (1 August)

Rémy Cointreau appoints new spirits CEO

Rémy Cointreau has appointed a new CEO of its liqueurs and spirits division to replace Justin Weston, who left to head up William Grant & Sons’ travel retail division

Cocktail Update

Secret World Class elimination happens overnight

Diageo has secretly eliminated a further four finalists fro its World Class competition overnight, bringing the number of bartenders left in the race down to 12

Diageo cuts World Class finalists down to 16

Diageo has revealed the final 16 competitors through to the 2014 Diageo World Class final in London

US bar culture of ‘buy backs’ labelled irresponsible

The American bar culture of “buy backs” has been slammed as “bad practice” and irresponsible by industry experts


Features

Ten of the world’s strongest spirits

High strength spirits have appeared as a prominent trend in the spirits industry, but some of these world’s strongest spirits test the limits of human consumption

The world’s most loved distillery mousers

Little attention is paid to the small but significant role cats play in the spirits industry. We attempt to rectify this by naming the world’s most loved distillery mousers

The week in pictures

Sean “Diddy” Combs posted a series of cryptic pictures on his Instagram account this week about a new pineapple-flavoured Ciroc vodka, while several spirit pop-up made the most of the week’s heat wave

Ten of the world’s most expensive Cognacs

Cognac is a spirit category commonly associated with ostentatious elegance and wealth – but which are the most expensive bottles in the world?

Top 10 Tequilas for National Tequila Day

We make the process of buying a bottle to celebrate National Tequila Day tomorrow a little less daunting by rounding up the top 10 Tequilas recognised at our Tequila Masters 2014

Spirits Business TV

Hollywood actor Jude Law can be seen showing off his dance moves in a new short film for Johnnie Walker Blue Label directed by Ridley Scott’s son

William Grant & Sons’ has hired former environmental activist Han Shan as its new US brand ambassador for Hudson Whiskey following a public competition

A bartender set a guest’s face on fire after a drink called the Flaming Lamborghini was served horribly wrong

Spirits Business top 10

Our cocktail experts discuss whether adding garnish to a drink is a case of style over substance, or an important flourish providing added value

Diageo World Class has dominated the spirits industry this week, but among the many challenges taking place across London, there have also been salsa nights, secret speakeasy soirees and celebrity sightings

While Diageo reported a sales decline of £1.1bn today, its spirits sales were “broadly flat”, with pockets of success in its leading brands, some of which grew faster than their relative markets

Among our list of the top 10 spirit launches in July 2014 is Glenmorangie’s most expensive whisky, a liqueur dedicated to famous literary sisters, and a vodka/Cognac hybrid

High strength spirits have appeared as a prominent trend in the spirits industry, but some of these world’s strongest spirits test the limits of human consumption

Upcoming Competitions

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The Vodka Masters 2014

Closing date:09 September 2014
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The Cognac Masters 2014

Closing date:14 August 2014
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The Travel Retail Masters 2014

Closing date:09 September 2014
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The Liqueur Masters 2014

Closing date:07 October 2014
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The Spirits Design Masters 2014

Closing date:04 November 2014