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Barrel of laughs

Once Scotland’s youngest master blender, Richard Paterson is the ultimate educator when it comes to scotch. Christian Davis gets to the heart of the man

Show and tell?

While some brand owners are starting to list nutritional information on labels, cream liqueurs are not so far among them. Holly Motion looks at why

Brandy tourism

Brandy de jerez has failed to travel well in the past, but Lily Giménez finds new attractions could be bringing in the imbibers

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine September edition.

International Spirits Challenge- Pictures from the night

A pictorial tribute to all the individuals and teams who took away trophies on the night

Eastern Promise

The wines of the Middle East have been characterised by Château Musar for many years. But new techniques mean change is in the air, says Michael Karam

Trending now

Given the nature and spread of cocktail bars, it’s tough to pinpoint global trends. but Hamish Smith gets some insights from the experts

Emerald Aisles

Irish whiskey is on a roll, reports Christian Davis, with increasing numbers of consumers discovering its charms worldwide

Family Guy

Strega is an old brand with traditional values at its heart – and that’s how Antonio Savarese intends it to stay, finds Hamish Smith

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine August edition.

Understanding Armagnac

The key to increasing armagnac sales is to educate both the trade and consumers, producers tell Henry Jeffreys

Vodka brands are in the pink

From being a stigmatised and marginalised group, the LGBT community is now sought after by all manner of marketers – not least in the alcohol industry. Holly Motion reports

International Spirits Challenge, The Awards

Holly Motion reports on the ISC Brandy & Cognac, Rum, Pisco, Armagnac & Calvados and design and packaging awards.

Flavoured beer masterglass

Jeff Evans looks at how brewers are enjoying the new freedom of the craft movement to experiment with all manner of ingredients

Rioja rocks

Spain’s best known premium wine-producing region has been rocked by a small but influential boutique producer leaving the designation of origin. Christian Davis reports

Unsung hero

Shochu, the spirit of Japan, is wonderfully versatile, according to Elliot Faber – and it won’t be long before we all know more about it

All at sea?

Rum may enjoy a reputation as the fun-lover’s drink, but it’s at the mercy of those who are giving it a bad name. quality is now paramount, reports Holly Motion

India sets a new tone

Indian whisky has had its ups and downs over the years, but distillers’ talk of a quality revolution suggests it’s back in the ascendant. Dominic Roskrow reports

Duty paid

There is nothing duty free about being founder and president of the Tax Free World Association. Christian Davis meets Erik Juul-Mortensen

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine July edition.

The Millionaires' Club 2016: Slow boat to China

Holly Motion finds Pernod Ricard’s Charles-Armand de Belenet in high spirits about the long-term future for cognac in China

On the campaign trail

While Rioja continues to steal the limelight for Spanish wines, two other established regions are pushing for greater airtime, reports Charlotte Hey

Cultivating change

Chile is focusing on its image and product quality, particularly from new places and with new blends. Christian Davis reports

Walking through fire

Sambuca’s failure to premiumise with any kind of fanfare has left it losing out to tequila. holly motion looks at how the italian spirit can fan the flames of success

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky’s bourbon industry has undergone its most intensive period in decades. But, as Dominic Roskrow reports, it’s emerging from the upheaval in fine shape

Burning bright

Gautom Menon is the man behind Wild Tiger Rum. Hamish Smith finds out how he earned his stripes

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine June edition.

Ginformation

The gin guild’s director general, Nicolas Cook, examines why consumers, media and the on-trade have helped bring about the renaissance of gin

Saturation point?

Can gin survive the plethora of new brands flooding the market? Ian Buxton reports

Putting the fizz into gin

If you’re after a quality mixer with authentic ingredients, tonic’s your answer. Tracy West reports

Think gin

Hamish Smith gathers some of the trade’s thoughts on where gin is at and where it’s going

Gin & tonic!

Spain is a huge gin market but it has to be gin & tonic – even if some don’t like the taste. Christian Davis reports

Duty calls gin

After years of stagnating sales gin is flying in travel retail as brands big and small, old and new look to exploit the potential this niche retail channel offers. Joe Bates reports.

Are you equipped?

Elite bartenders are increasingly working like chefs in sourcing and handling fruit and veg for garnishes in cocktails. But do they follow good hygiene practices and are they properly equipped? Christian Davis reports

International Spirits Challenge - The awards

On March 31 and April 1 the great and the good gathered to taste this year’s International Spirits Challenge’s white spirits contenders.

Beyond Martinis

It might have gained notoriety as an ingredient in James bond’s signature drink, but Vermouth’s reach is far wider, reports Holly Motion.

Wine branches out

Younger consumers are boosting sales of fruit-flavoured wines in a fast-growing category. Holly Motion reports on the new hybrid cuvée.

Beyond juniper

Gin is thriving, but as more and more producers enter the market, there’s confusion as to what it should and can be. So where is the category heading? Dominic Roskrow reports

Big Hitter Bitters

The large-brand, big volume bitters are enjoying the fallout of the cocktail boom. Hamish Smith reports on their fortunes.

Botanical margins

Are gins set to offer the world a spirits category as diverse and exciting as single malts? It’s not beyond the realms of possibility, reports Dominic Roskrow

Latest in gin

A round-up of some of the most recent gin products.

The dark market

Anecdotally cocktail bitters is a buoyant market, but the industry is in the dark as to its size. Hamish Smith looks to shine a light

Gin-aissance

Gin is flying. Hardly a week passes without another launch. Christian Davis reports

Vinexpo Asia excursion

The biennial Vinexpo Hong Kong this year shines the spotlight on Italy, while around 60 events are planned. Joe Bates shines a spotlight on the programme

TFWA Asia Pacific aims to navigate choppy waters

Joe Bates rounds up the news and events for the TFWA Asia Pacific exhibition in Singapore

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine May edition.

The Gatekeeper

Dr Nick Morgan is Diageo’s head of whisky outreach. Who is he and what does that mean? Christian Davis meets the good doctor

Speyside’s Identity Crisis?

Gavin D Smith explores the appeal and conflicts of the densely distillery-populated Scottish region.

The Rise of Single variety Vinho Verde

Jamie Goode discovers a single varietal approach is revolutionising a wine style

Rum lightens up

It’s not all dark & stormy for rum – Holly Motion finds producers are aiming to wake up the spirit’s white side.