Top 10 spirit launches in August 2014

Cult whiskies, small-batch gins and brands dedicated to bygone stars of the past dominate our list of the top 10 spirit launches in August 2014

Top 10 house-made spirits brands

Whether a Victorian cream gin or a bespoke 34-year-old Scotch whisky, bars are striving to demonstrate their individuality by releasing creative house-made spirits

The week in pictures

Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart opted for a rather unconventional #IceBucketChallenge this week, while elsewhere a €35 million distillery neared completion

Is filtration good or bad for vodka?

Debate is heating up about the role of the filtration stage – or the lack of one – in producing flavoursome vodka, with many asking the question – is this good or bad for the industry?

Top 10 funny spirits names

These suggestive, outlandish, tongue-in-cheek and quirky brands included in our list of the top 10 funny spirits names are sure to prompt a chuckle or two

Top 5 bars in… Prague

Stubbon Czech traditionalism isn’t stopping a wave of bartenders from developing diverse vodka selections on their back bar, as BarChick finds

How far will the house spirits trend go?

From a liquor made from ants to a Jane Austen gin, an increasing number of bars are turning their hand to creating custom-made spirits, but how far will the trend go?

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

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

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

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