Whyte & Mackay debuts Shackleton blended malt

    Whyte & Mackay has launched blended Scotch malt whisky brand Shackleton, inspired by charismatic British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who led the first expedition to the South Polar Plateau

    SB Voices: A new look for a changing spirits sector

    Eagle-eyed web readers may have picked up on some subtle changes to SB.com this week – Kristiane Sherry intros a new look for digital and print which will better meet the demands of an evolving spirits industry

    Moët Hennessy launches luxury online shop

    Moët Hennessy has unveiled Clos19, thought to be the first dedicated luxury Champagne, wine and spirits e-commerce platform of its kind

    Does the gin category need tighter definitions?

    Gin is experiencing one of the most exciting moments in its history, as a host of new brands launch, innovative trends take hold and super-premium sales hit an all-time high. The Spirits Business considers whether the rapid development of the industry means it has outgrown official regulations

    Brockmans Gin reports ‘record’ 2016

    Brockmans Gin is celebrating “record” full-year results, with total revenues soaring 87% to £5.4 million (US$7m) in 2016, as the British brand continues its international expansion

    Highland Park reveals Viking Legend range

    Highland Park has unveiled the first bottling in a special edition range inspired by Viking history at the same time as rebranding its 12-year-old and 18-year-old core expressions

    First Bar Convent Brooklyn show to focus on ‘craft’

    Trade show Bar Convent Berlin is set to launch its first international extension – Bar Convent Brooklyn – in the US next year, with a plan to focus on premium ‘craft’ brands

    Brown-Forman to champion BenRiach trio in Singapore

    Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has announced its product focuses for the upcoming TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference, with recent acquisition BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky the featured brand

    Single malt exports pass £1bn as Scotch returns to growth

    The Scotch Whisky Association has confirmed that Scotch whisky exports grew 4% in 2016 following years of flat or declining development, with single malt values passing the £1 billion (US$1.3bn) mark for the first time

    MBWS FY sales fall €14.6m due to destocking

    Paris-based drinks group Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits saw its sales fall by €14.6 million (US$15.9) in 2016, caused by destocking following a number of new distribution contracts in key markets.

The week in pictures

This week the Scotch Malt Whisky Society explored flavour with a sensory symposium, SB sipped cocktails on the 52nd floor of London’s The Shard, and Michel Roux Jr celebrated craftsmanship with The Balvenie

Gŏng launches Director’s Cut menu

The Shangri-La Hotel’s Gŏng bar, located 52 floors above ground level at London’s The Shard, has unveiled a new cocktail menu inspired by world-famous film directors and their “passion for storytelling”

Top five global nightlife trends

No longer vast industrial caverns, nightclubs have changed to reflect their customers’ desire for quality experiences – spirits brands that want to engage with this market are adapting their offerings too

Yamazaki Distillery: a brand history

Suntory’s renowned Yamazaki Distillery has long been a pioneering force in Japanese whisky, but its story has only just begun

Top 10 cocktail-centric Instagram accounts

As the cocktail renaissance gains digital traction, curating social feeds to reflect the most innovative on-trade trends is key. Not sure where to start? SB picks 10 creative Instagram accounts to whet your appetite

The week in pictures

This week top bartenders battled it out for a spot in the World Class UK finals, SB sipped cocktails at The Savoy’s American Bar and Islay charities raised a dram to the Lagavulin Legacy project

Top nine fictional drinks of all time

Scenes in literature, film and television have been filled with an array of fictional beverages, from a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster to a Glen McKenna Scotch – SB rounds up the best imaginary drinks

Top 10 unusual Scotch whisky reviews

From “beloved wet dogs” to “the nasal equivalent of a horrible traffic accident”, Scotch whisky reviewers are experts in capturing curious flavour notes – SB scours the internet for some of the most entertaining excerpts

Top female-founded distilleries

As women continue to make strides in the spirits sector, The Spirits Business shines the spotlight on the next generation of female distillery trailblazers

Savoy’s American Bar captures Britain in cocktails

The Savoy hotel’s American Bar in London has launched the Coast To Coast cocktail menu, designed to represent “a journey across Britain from south to north”

The week in pictures

A swift day trip to Hamburg, an afternoon sipping cocktails with Salvatore Calabrese, and a vodka-filled Easter pop-up at iconic London venue Quaglino’s have made for an eventful week in the world of spirits

Punch Room unveils The Five cocktail menu

Punch Room at The London Edition has launched a new cocktail menu called The Five that draws on the five distinct ingredients traditionally used to create Punch

Keepers of the Quaich inducts six new Masters

The management committee of international Scotch whisky society Keepers of the Quaich has inducted six new Masters to the prestigious and revered group – meet them here

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