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Pierce-Brosnan-HennessyCognac house Hennessy got involved in the Remarkable Dinner launch last week, which was attended by famous faces including former James Bond actor Piers Brosnan and Olympic double gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes. A barrel of Hennessy Cognac was donated to the website with all proceeds given to Centrepoint, and was the main attraction in the Royal Suite of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, where the event took place.

Giffard-Liqueurs-and-SyrupsA multitude of regional heats have taken past over the last few weeks, but this week marked the final preliminary round of the Giffard West Cup Preselection. Held in Manchester at Almost Famous, the last place in the grand final in France was awarded to UK bartender Jonathan from Beautiful Drinks.

Havana-ClubCasa Havana Mojito opened to crowds at Old Spitalfields Market last weekend to help London dwellers relax with refreshing Havana Club Mojitos.

David-Beckham-Haig-Club-WhiskyWhat was supposed to be business as usual turned into a surprise birthday gifting for Haig Club’s David Beckham. In celebration of the former Manchester United player’s 40th birthday, Haig Club global whisky master Ewan Gunn gifted Beckham with a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted crystal decanter filled with a rare 40-year-old Haig Club expression. (Photo: Tom Bunning)

Michael-Owen-Spey-WhiskyWhisky lovers from around the globe descended on Scotland for the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival last weekend, and among the many guests was former England footballer Michael Owen. The recently appointed global ambassador for Spey Whisky visited the Speyside Distillery on the festival’s closing day – the first year the distillery has partaken in the festival.

“It was great to be able to visit the distillery and be with my Spey family as they celebrate being part of the festival for the first time,” Owen said. “There has been a real buzz about the distillery today and I have really enjoyed meeting people who have come from all over the world to visit the festival.”

Justin-Timberlake-Sauza-901Justin Timberlake took on a rather peculiar role in his latest film – a three-minute promotional video for his Tequila brand Sauza 901. The former N*sync star is dressed as a lime called Rick “Sour” Vane and tells tales of limes’ greatest achievements, but how the citrus was blighted by the arrival of Sauza 901. In the spot, Vane claims Sauza put limes out of business, hence the advert’s title of No Limes Needed.

Pimm'sThe sun may not have come out over the Bank Holiday weekend in the south of England, but thirsty foodies were rolling up for a taste of summer served from a giant Pimm’s Teapot at Brighton and Hove Foodies Festival on Hove Lawns.

Nola-Bar-CocktailsLondon haunt Nola shared this shot of bartender Alastair Fraser on Facebook this week, as he competed in the Altos Tequila Tahone Society Competition.  

Teeling-DistilleryThe Teeling Irish Whiskey Company gave us yet another snippet of its soon-to-be-completed new €10 million distillery in Dublin. The new building will house three copper pot stills capable of producing half a million litres of whiskey a year.

Wenneker-Swizzle-MastersThis week we announced that bartender Trinh Quan Huy-Philip has once again scooped the Wenneker Swizzle Master top spot in the Cognac Old Fashioned, with his cocktail masterpiece titled L’Ancienne de Siagon.

Babicka-VodkaSB‘s Marcus Clark (left) headed to Hawksmoor Knightbridge this week for an event hosted by Babicka Vodka founder of Babicka Vodka.

Babicka-Vodka-Carelian-caviarThe Babicka event at Hawksmoor Knightsbrigdge was to celebrate the launch of a new packaging partnership between the vodka brand and Carelian Caviar. 

Dave-Broom-Spirit-of-SpeysideThis week hosted the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, and leading an insightful seminar on Craigellachie’s whiskies at the Craigellachie hotel was Dave Broom.

Charlie-MacLean-Spirit-of-Speyside-Whiskey-FestivalThe Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival wouldn’t be the same without an appearance from Charlie MacLean, who spoke about the history of Tormore and the different flavours of Strathisla during a banquet at the Strathisla distillery.

Home-House-CognacExclusive members’ club Home House hosted an intimate Cognac and chocolate pairing for London’s top sommeliers. Mr Bernard Bouyer Dubosquet, CEO of award-winning Maison Plantevigne-Dubosquet, presented an exclusive Cognac, paired with English chocolatier Paul A. Young’s specially-crafted chocolates.

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