Ten biggest moments in gin history

The storied history of gin has been shaped by many political, legal and cultural shifts such as the Prohibition Act to the global craft distilling boom

The world’s top 10 tiny bars

The phrase “good things come in small packages” certainly applies to this list of the world’s tiniest drinking dens, which includes a historic signal box and stranded Caribbean shack

Top 16 spirits at TFWA Cannes 2014

TFWA Cannes is back for its 30th year, with a stellar line-up of new spirits from Scotch to liqueurs and flavoured vodka searching for glory in travel retail

Balcones’ Chip Tate warns of investor risks

Chip Tate, founder and master distiller of Balcones distillery, has warned of the risks distilleries face when enlisting the support of venture capitalists

Genes responsible for alcohol use disorder

People’s genetics play an “integral” role in the transition from moderate drinking to problem drinking, scientists have found

Cocktail Update

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

Busy bars to benefit from ‘affordable’ robot bartender

Bartender robots may seem like nothing more than a science fiction idea, but they could soon become more commonplace after a prototype received £2 million backing

Slovakian lady named world’s best bartender

A female bartender from the Slovak Republic has been named the 2014 International Bartenders’ Association (IBA) World Cocktail Champion at a global final held in Cape Town this week


Features

Confessions of a spirits retail buyer: Waitrose

Herchelle Perez Terrado, spirits buyer for UK supermarket Waitrose, discusses her penchant for gin and Tequila, what products the British public are buying and her busy inbox

The week in pictures

Lots of cocktail competitions culminated in grand finales this week, while Becks released the first TV ad for his Haig Club whisky

Demand growing for barrel-aged gin

The gin renaissance has resurrected a practice for barrel-ageing, but as Becky Paskin finds, there’s a fine line between creating a cask-rested gin and a botanical-flavoured whisky

Top 10 UK distilleries to open in 2014

Hoards of investors have rushed to open new distilleries in the UK over the past 12 months, as the spirits renaissance continues to flourish

Top 10 cinnamon flavoured whiskies

Whisky producers the world over have been embracing the flavour phenomenon, but it’s not just honey leading the trend as cinnamon expressions vie to capture consumers’ attention

Top 10 most beautiful Cognac bottles

While the age-old expression “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” also applies to Cognac, it is a category which has some of the most beautiful, extravagant and indeed expensive bottles in the business

Johnnie Walker: a brand history

From humble beginnings in Scotland, Johnnie Walker has journeyed to dominate the global whisky market and become the world’s best selling Scotch

Top 10 tips to turn a cocktail into a classic

Bartenders are constantly striving to break boundaries when it comes to cocktail innovation, but creating a classic to stand the test of time is no easy feat

Spirits Business TV

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

David Beckham celebrated the global roll out of his Haig Club whisky at a launch party attended by his business partner Simon Fuller, wife Victoria Beckham and Gordon Ramsay

Swedish vodka brand Purity has released its second advertisement starring US comedian Joel McHale

Spirits Business top 10

The storied history of gin has been shaped by many political, legal and cultural shifts such as the Prohibition Act to the global craft distilling boom

The phrase “good things come in small packages” certainly applies to this list of the world’s tiniest drinking dens, which includes a historic signal box and stranded Caribbean shack

TFWA Cannes is back for its 30th year, with a stellar line-up of new spirits from Scotch to liqueurs and flavoured vodka searching for glory in travel retail

Lots of cocktail competitions culminated in grand finales this week, while Becks released the first TV ad for his Haig Club whisky

The gin renaissance has resurrected a practice for barrel-ageing, but as Becky Paskin finds, there’s a fine line between creating a cask-rested gin and a botanical-flavoured whisky

Hoards of investors have rushed to open new distilleries in the UK over the past 12 months, as the spirits renaissance continues to flourish

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

Whisky producers the world over have been embracing the flavour phenomenon, but it’s not just honey leading the trend as cinnamon expressions vie to capture consumers’ attention

Upcoming Competitions

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The Spirits Design Masters 2014

Closing date:04 November 2014
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The Spiritual 2014 Award

Closing date:05 November 2014
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The Tequila Masters 2015

Closing date:04 December 2014