SB Meets… Brendan McCarron, The Glenmorangie Company

Brendan McCarron, head of maturing whisky stock at Glenmorangie, on Ardbeg An Oa and succeeding Dr Bill

The Scotch whisky brands to watch in 2018

A host of product innovations, plans to reawaken mothballed distilleries and surprising acquisitions made 2017 one of the most exciting years for the contemporary Scotch industry. But which brands will shake up the sector in 2018?

The vodka brands to watch in 2018

Vodka has struggled to prove that it isn’t a category left in the doldrums, but a number of brands are adding zest to the sector, and garnering consumer interest in the process

A drink with… Philippe Jouhaud, Bénédictine

The marketing director for French liqueur Bénédictine on attracting the attention of the world’s bartenders

The week in pictures

This week, the industry celebrated spirited excellence at The Global Spirits Masters Awards Lunch, Buffalo Trace got in the Christmas mood, and celebrities matched their personalities to whisky

How to channel other cultures in bars sensitively

When done well, bars that pay respect to other cultures can offer an amazing taste of another world. Occasionally, however, the result can be crass or downright offensive. SB asks experts how to get it right

The top 10 award-winning bottle designs

From quirky and fun bottles with illustrated labels to elegant and refined crystal decanters – these are the award-winning spirits bottle designs that have caught our attention

The Design & Packaging Masters 2017 results

In terms of first impressions, the way a product looks can be almost as important as the liquid inside the container. This year’s Design & Packaging Masters saw an impressive line-up of bottles and boxes come under scrutiny

Hottest bar openings in November 2017

From a rooftop bar with teepee hut seating to an underground drinking den full of locally-sourced creations – here are 10 of the hottest bar openings in November 2017

Top 10 spirits launches in November 2017

A Peaky Blinders-inspired spirits range, a vodka containing the “shimmering tears” of a mermaid and the ‘world’s first’ Tequilas aged in Speyside whisky casks are among our top product launches from November 2017

Top 10 spirits marketing campaigns in November 2017

Another star-studded month for marketing saw David Beckham star in a 60-second film for Haig Club, while dubstep duo Modestep performed on a space net for Jägermeister’s Ice Cold Gig

The week in pictures

This week in the spirits industry, Boodles Gin launched a shirt for bartenders, Baileys unveiled a signature serve in a reindeer and Diageo appointed Scotland’s first female coppersmith

Does Irish whiskey need more regulations?

Irish whiskey has emerged from a long slumber to become one of the hottest categories in spirits, boasting an almost unmatched rate of growth. But will the sector’s current structure safeguard its future success?

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Pernod Ricard UK has launched its annual anti-drink driving campaign in the run up to Christmas, this year partnering with Uber

Jim Beam has launched what is thought to be the world’s first smart decanter, which can answer questions and serve shots of Bourbon

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