The week in pictures

The Ice Bucket Challenge, a trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and National Rum Day celebrations form this week’s roundup

The 10 most famous absinthe drinkers

Absinthe has long had a reputation for causing hallucinations and stoking creativity, which is probably why its most famous drinkers are all artists, writers and poets, even in this day and age

Bacardi makes unprecedented move into single malt Scotch whisky

Bacardi is throwing its weight behind the single malt Scotch whisky category with the release of a series of expressions from its five malt distilleries

Diageo names new $115m Bourbon distillery

Diageo has revealed that its new US$115m Bourbon distillery in Kentucky will be called The Bulleit Distilling Co. as it broke ground on the site yesterday

Whisky fans raise $10k for homeless charity

Whisky lovers have raised more than US$10,000 for The Coalition for the Homeless – a charity working to prevent and eliminate homelessness

Cocktail Update

Tequila and Bourbon ‘not needed’ for basic cocktails

Consumers have been told Tequila, Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey and Bourbon are not vital if they want to stock a decent home bar, but they should buy genever and two styles of rum instead

Ten of the world’s highest bars

We love a good cocktail here at The Spirits Business, and if our drink comes with a view, the better. But be warned, the world’s 10 highest bars are not for those with an altitude fear

Charles Joly of The Aviary named Diageo World Class 2014 winner

The Diageo World Class 2014 winner has been named as Charles Joly, of The Aviary in Chicago, USA


Features

Top 10 most controversial alcohol laws

Alcohol legislation has never been plain sailing, sparking outrage among producers, bartenders and trade bodies on a near daily basis

Top 10 banned spirits

The spirits world has never been lacking in controversy, with a number of brands and entire categories banned for political, legal and salacious reasons

The week in pictures

The world’s fastest man, a visit to London’s highest bar, a canine crop circle and the Cognac Masters 2014 are all featured in our week in pictures

Top 10 London summer pop-up bars

The summer solstice may have passed and the nights may be drawing in, but there is still time to enjoy the last of the warm weather with one of these London pop-up bars

Ditching China could be disastrous for Cognac

Losing interest in China at the first sign of trouble could prove disastrous for Cognac, Richard Woodard discovers

Top 5 bars in… Berlin

Taking the helm of European bar trends, Berlin has seen a wave of themed bars open, which are far from what you might expect, as BarChick discovers

The World Whisky Masters 2014 Results

This year’s World Whisky Masters has highlighted that global progress is not resigned to North America

Top 10 award-winning rums for National Rum Day

If you’re looking to buy a bottle of rum to celebrate National Rum Day, our list of top 10 award-winning rums as recognised by our Rum Masters 2014 could ease the decision process for you

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

The Ice Bucket Challenge, a trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and National Rum Day celebrations form this week’s roundup

Absinthe has long had a reputation for causing hallucinations and stoking creativity, which is probably why its most famous drinkers are all artists, writers and poets, even in this day and age

Bacardi is throwing its weight behind the single malt Scotch whisky category with the release of a series of expressions from its five malt distilleries

Alcohol legislation has never been plain sailing, sparking outrage among producers, bartenders and trade bodies on a near daily basis

David Frost, CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association, speaks to Becky Paskin about the category’s future in Asia

The spirits world has never been lacking in controversy, with a number of brands and entire categories banned for political, legal and salacious reasons

We love a good cocktail here at The Spirits Business, and if our drink comes with a view, the better. But be warned, the world’s 10 highest bars are not for those with an altitude fear

The world’s fastest man, a visit to London’s highest bar, a canine crop circle and the Cognac Masters 2014 are all featured in our week in pictures

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