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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.

Got Carter

Ross Carter is the man who did the equivalent of Brexit to the London Wine Fair. He oversaw the dumping of the international element in favour of going it alone with domestic. Christian Davis meets the event director.

London Wine Fair

The London Wine Fair – now in its 36th year – will be held at London Olympia from May 3-5. Christian Davis previews the upcoming event

Vinitaly preview

How organiser Veronafiere is celebrating 50 years of Vinitaly, Italy’s leading showcase dedicated to wines and spirits, on April 10-13.

Pick of the Launches

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

Ready for anything

It’s not so long ago that pre-mixed cocktails were sneered at. But now it’s all about batching – and it’s all the rage. Holly Motion reports

Back up from Down Under

It may be a cliché to say that the Australian wine industry has been a victim of its own success but it does aptly sum up its situation. Christian Davis delves down under. 

The New Standard

Standard spirits sales are growing but small budgets mean its often up to the bottle to do the talking. Hamish Smith reports.

Rising to the Challenge

Joe Bates confronts some challenges facing the Americas duty free business ahead of the annual Iaddfs show.

Pick of the Launches

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

Jungle Juice

The liqueurs sector is like a jungle: full of different creatures. It’s a diverse environment where the one thing they have in common is a broad category classification. Christian Davis explores

The Educator

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s Ian Harris is a man on a mission. Disciple Christian Davis catches up with the missionary

Lowering the bar

Lower-alcohol wines are flourishing in some markets and languishing in others. Christian Davis reports

The commercialisation of craft

Craft spirits, so-called and authentic, are now ubiquitous. Hamish Smith discusses what this means for the term –  and what the term actually means

Going underground

After several years of top awards, critical acclaim and buoyant sales, Japanese whisky seems to have become a victim of its own success. Dominic Roskrow asks what’s happening next

Super Troopers

Does super-premium really earn its stripes over the spirits segments? Holly Motion investigates