Belgium’s on-trade spirits sales fall 50%

    Trade body Spirits Europe has said the Belgian government’s decision to increase spirits excise tax by 41% is “clearly not generating the expected revenues” as on- and off-trade sales have plummeted

    Louis XIII Cognac-only store opens in Beijing

    Rémy Cointreau has opened a boutique in Beijing dedicated to the most expensive variant of its Rémy Martin brand, Louis XIII Cognac, offering everything from miniature bottles to a six-litre Mathusalem

    Whisky investment firm offers trading update

    Whisky Invest Direct has seen its customers purchase enough liquid to make five million bottles of Scotch whisky within the firm’s first year of operation.

The week in pictures

This week saw Bill Murray bartending in Brooklyn, the debut of White Lyan’s new concept menu, a trip to Marrakech with Opihr Gin plus London Fashion Week-inspired cocktails

Bartenders’ top tips for conquering a hangover

SB has pinned down some of the world’s top mixology maestros to elicit their best tips and tricks for surviving ‘the morning after the night before’

Top 5 bars in… Perth

Situated on Australia’s west coast, Perth is the largest isolated city in the world – yet it’s no hermit. Rather, its bars have developed their own sense of kicked-back style, the envy of drinking hotspots the world over

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TWE Whisky Show returns for 2016

Touted as “the UK’s biggest whisky festival”, The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show is set to return to London this October featuring more than 600 whiskies from 14 countries

Oz wine region becomes key brandy producer

Beverage producer Bickford’s Australia has established a new AUS$6.6 million distillery within the country’s most prominent wine region

Cocktail Update

Women behind bars: Gender politics in cocktail comps

As the cocktail competition circuit heats up, SB explores three underlying reasons for the striking lack of female participants

Jägermeister looks to tea with cocktail push

German spirit Jägermeister has partnered with London-based Joe’s Tea Co to develop a series of tea-based cocktails as it looks to shake off its shots-centric reputation

Rosewood London appoints Siska as bar manager

Leading hotel Rosewood London has named Martin Siska as the new manager for its Scarfes Bar


Opihr World Adventure 2016 in pictures

Top bartenders from around the world arrived in the ancient city of Marrakech over the weekend to battle it out in the Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition 2016

Top five retro Campari artworks

The largest collection of Campari art, dating back to the early 1900s, is currently being exhibited in the UK – SB presents five of the most intriguing images from Galleria Campari On Tour

The week in pictures

A combination of flamingo croquet, supermodel drinks, Bestival festival and Bridget Jones-inspired cocktails made for a colourful week in the spirits industry

Top 10 TR launches since TFWA WE 2015

As the 2016 TFWA World Exhibition & Conference approaches, SB recounts some of the best travel retail exclusive spirits launches to grace the shelves in the past 12 months

Diageo’s Special Releases 2016

Diageo has unveiled its much-anticipated annual collection of rare whiskies from across Scotland – including a 40-year-old Cambus and the oldest Port Ellen ever released

Spirits Business TV

Diageo-owned blended Scotch Johnnie Walker has unveiled a new documentary film called Ode to Lesvos, which focuses on islanders on the front lines of the refugee crisis

Tequila Herradura has launched a new global marketing campaign, ‘Luck Is Earned’, featuring real life stories of people who reflect the values of the brand

Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey has made his directorial debut with a television commercial for Wild Turkey Bourbon after becoming creative director for the brand

Spirits Business top 10

This week saw Bill Murray bartending in Brooklyn, the debut of White Lyan’s new concept menu, a trip to Marrakech with Opihr Gin plus London Fashion Week-inspired cocktails

SB has pinned down some of the world’s top mixology maestros to elicit their best tips and tricks for surviving ‘the morning after the night before’

Situated on Australia’s west coast, Perth is the largest isolated city in the world – yet it’s no hermit. Rather, its bars have developed their own sense of kicked-back style, the envy of drinking hotspots the world over

Top bartenders from around the world arrived in the ancient city of Marrakech over the weekend to battle it out in the Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition 2016

German spirit Jägermeister has partnered with London-based Joe’s Tea Co to develop a series of tea-based cocktails as it looks to shake off its shots-centric reputation

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Upcoming Competitions

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UK Bar Menu of the Year 2016

Closing date:31 October 2016
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The Speciality Spirits Masters 2016

Closing date:06 October 2016
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The Liqueur Masters 2016

Closing date:06 October 2016
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The Pre-mixed Masters 2016

Closing date:06 October 2016