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

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

£1m investment helps Scottish distillery go green

A Scottish distillery is to receive a £1 million investment from the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to help it become more environmentally friendly

Global rum brands ‘flee the market’ in Chile

Rum volumes in Chile have dropped 40% in the past two years as international brands “flee the market”, a leading drinks analyst has claimed

Cocktail Update

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

Bartender sets guest’s face on fire

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

Bartenders encouraged to experiment with flavoured vodka

Bartenders have been advised to embrace “crazy” flavoured vodkas such as whipped cream, rather than take the category too seriously


Features

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

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail is over for another year, but the memories of flash mobs, llamas and crooning cocktail legends will certainly stick around for some time yet

Is alcoholism a problem among bartenders?

The murky issue of alcoholism in the on-trade is nothing short of contentious, but is over-consumption still an issue among today’s professional bartenders?

Spirits Business TV

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

British actor Jude Law is to star in a new short film promoting Diageo’s Johnnie Walker Blue Label, entitled The Gentlemen’s Wager

Spirits Business top 10

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

Having taught consumers to seriously value age and regional identity in single malts, can the whisky industry really change its tune?

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

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

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