Simon Ford’s 86 Co ‘almost bankrupt before selling a bottle’

It takes a certain kind of courage to commit everything into starting a spirits company marketed solely at bartenders. Becky Paskin meets Simon Ford who, with the unique 86 Co., did just that

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

Chinese interns to help UK groups tackle China

The UK government is to place Chinese students among British businesses to help prepare the country to trade more efficiently with China in the future

Absolut’s Andy Warhol vodka given travel retail welcome

Pernod Ricard is bringing its Andy Warhol-inspired Absolut Vodka bottle and pop art to global travel retail following an exclusive launch in Dubai Duty Free last month

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 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

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

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

It takes a certain kind of courage to commit everything into starting a spirits company marketed solely at bartenders. Becky Paskin meets Simon Ford who, with the unique 86 Co., did just that

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

Upcoming Competitions

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The Tequila Masters 2015

Closing date:04 December 2014
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Edgerton Pink Gin Masters

Closing date:03 February 2015