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UK gin smashes export record in 2016

British gin exports grew by 12% in 2016 to hit an all-time high, with sales overseas worth £474 million, HMRC figures released by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association show

Friday, February 24th, 2017 No Comments »


Robinson marks 40 years of whisky at Diageo

Maureen Robinson, master blender for single malts and blended whisky at Diageo, is this week marking 40 years of service at the global drinks group

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SB Voices: Experimentation in Irish whiskey

Nicola Carruthers reflects on the resurgence of the Irish whiskey category, inspired by the experimental nature of Irish Distillers new Method and Madness range

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Eco concerns over distillery biomass plants

A prominent Scottish farming group is calling for a moratorium on building large-scale biomass whisky waste converters over concerns that they could cause more environmental harm than good

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SWA outlines ‘pressures of tax burden’ to UK Treasury

Representatives from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) have met with the UK Treasury to make their case for a 2% cut in spirits duty ahead of the Budget Statement in March

Friday, February 24th, 2017 No Comments »


Is the modern classic cocktail under threat?

Drinks menus inspired by fictional narratives, human emotions and ecological affairs are now replacing traditional bar lists in some of the world’s cutting edge venues, leading SB to question what the future holds for the classic cocktail concept

Friday, February 24th, 2017 No Comments »


William Grant targets growth with new role

Glenfiddich Scotch whisky producer William Grant & Sons has snapped up former Pernod Ricard director Victor Jerez as its group business development director

Friday, February 24th, 2017 No Comments »


Mezcal industry to benefit from 100+ agave farms

US spirit producer Kimo Sabe has joined forces with the governor of the Mexican state of Zacatecas to create more than 100 agave farms, as part of a wider plan to grow the global mezcal market

Friday, February 24th, 2017 No Comments »


Mount Gay Rum releases next 1703 edition

French drinks group Rémy Cointreau has added a new variant to its high-end Mount Gay 1703 rum range, called Master Select

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Irish Distillers unveils Method and Madness range

Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers unit has launched a range of experimental super-premium Irish whiskeys designed to “push the boundaries” of the category, called Method and Madness

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 No Comments »