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Irish Whiskey: Distilling Gem

Irish Whiskey is booming every which way. Everyone appears to be up for it, including Christian Davis who went to the Midleton Housewarming in the Emerald Isle

Gift Packaging: It's a wrap

There’s big money to be had in the world of drinks gifting. Hamish Smith investigates

A profile of Rachel Barrie

Rachel Barrie is on a mission to broaden the drinking demographic of Scotch. Jaq Bayles caught up with the Morrison Bowmore master blender at Glen Garioch distillery

Vodka in the US: Architect of Change

Vodka really is the chameleon of the spirits world. Lucy Britner uncovers its many guises

Herbal Hotspot

Recruiting new consumers is the main challenge facing bitters, but the cocktail is there to help. Patience Gould reports

Robbie Bargh
Raising the Bargh

Robbie Bargh is head of the Gorgeous Group, which comes up with concepts for the hospitality business. Crucially, it also makes them happen. Christian Davis catches up with the ideas man

Cocktail equipment

Cocktail-making can require an astonishing array of equipment. Lucy Britner consults the experts on what they really can’t do without

Barrels
Sherried Malts: Barrels of Distinction

Sherry casks are pricey but offer malt whisky another dimension. Gavin D Smith reports

Indian whisky
Indian Whisky: Country at a Crossroads

Diageo’s purchase of Indian drinks group United Spirits once again puts the spotlight on a true sleeping giant. Dominic Roskrow on a divided sector

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Baijiu: Dark Matter

Baijiu is the world’s biggest spirit with the world’s biggest consumer base. It is already international but can it broaden its appeal to western palates? Hamish Smith reports

Patrick van Zuidam
The Dutch Master: a Profile of Patrick van Zuidam

Patrick van Zuidam is one of the new generation of Dutch distillers for whom quality is paramount. Christian Davis visits

Spanish Wine

Spain may be Old World but it is arguably the least Old World of the major wine producing countries. Christian Davis reports

The G&T

In Spain it’s treated with a reverential respect which has hitherto not been apparent in other gin strongholds – but now the G&T is under the spotlight. Patience Gould reports

Cocktail Culture

Lucy Britner provides the definitive lowdown on cocktail culture

Shochu: A Drop in the Ocean

Japanese shochu is seeking broader shores, and interest from restaurants and cocktail bars outside its homeland are providing hope. Hamish Smith talks to the purveyors of this unusual distillate

Jinro soju
Soju: Korea Moves

Soju is little-known outside its birthplace, Korea, but Hamish Smith senses a sea-change

Focus on Argentina

Hamish Smith travels to Argentina and finds that economic policy is steering the direction of the country’s wine industry

American Whiskey: Craft Work

American whiskey is being revolutionised by a rampant craft distilling industry – but will new brands enhance or damage the US’s reputation for quality, asks whiskey writer Dominic Roskrow

World's best selling Scotch whisky: Johnnie Walker

Diageo's Johnnie Walker was the world's best selling scotch whisky in 2012, with 18.9 million 9-litre case sales, a 5% increase on 2011.

gin
Gin Overview

Lucy Britner delves into the murky past of gin to catalogue its beginnings and see how far it has come – and where it might end up

Ian Wisniewski
Vodka Overview

It’s come a long way and there’s still plenty of opportunity for vodka to develop. Ian Wisniewski investigates the options

Tonic water
Tonic water

It’s a widely underestimated component of the classic gin mix, but tonic water is gaining ground when it comes to premiumisation. Hamish Smith reports

cognac shortage
Cognac overview

Production of Cognac is limited by its geography and its vineyards, so how is it coping with increasing demand? Hamish Smith investigates

liqueurs
Liqueurs: Top of the pile

The cocktail remains central to liqueurs action and, for producers, keeping their brand relevant is a number one priority. Patience Gould reports

Profile: Ian Burrell

Hamish Smith hooks up with self-styled global rum ambassador Ian Burrell in Venezuela

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Genever: Beyond Convention

Lucy Britner looks into the growing phenomenon of the spirit that’s definitely not gin

Bordeaux wine
Bordeaux Wine: The Class War

There’s a whiff of uprising in Bordeaux’s middle classes. Hamish Smith reports 

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Chilean wine: Learning Curve

The Chilean wine industry is on the up and up as other countries learn how much it has to offer. Christian Davis reports

Profile: Huub van Doorne

Huub van Doorne, Lucas Bols ‘chief energising officer’, talks passion, ambition and empowerment with Jaq Bayles

Champagne: The Prestige

For a while it looked like Champagne was losing its lustre, but Lucy Britner finds more consumers being attracted to quality

Peeling back the label

DI talks to Stuart Kellock, MD of self-adhesive label printers Label Apeel about the secrets to drinks labelling.

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Scotch Whisky makes its (trade)mark in China

Intellectual property lawyer Oliver Tidman observes how Chinese sancitons on scotch counterfeits can be linked to the Scotch Whisky Association's work in the country

Dark Rum

Rum is known for its sunny disposition, but now is revealing hidden depths. Jaq Bayles gets in touch with its serious side

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England finds its Sparkle

English wine has come of age and can now bear comparison with what the rest of the world’s wine producers can offer. Christian Davis reports

Pastis
Pastis

A very French product is showing innovation and a willingness to tackle new markets. Lucy Britner reports 

Why some bars succeed and others fail

Many bars suffer because of bad design. Specialist Simon Knowles takes us through our paces.

Italian Wine: Land of Plenty

There are approximately 377 indigenous grape varieties in Italy. Diverse doesn’t cover half of it. Christian Davis reports

Johnnie Walker and Sons Room
Scotch Blends: Look out for the wave

Patience Gould checks out the latest state of play in the blended Scotch whisky world – and finds much cause for optimism

Colin Scott
Spirit of the Vikings

Hamish Smith unearths the past of Chivas and Royal Salute with master blender Colin Scott and finds a history steeped in Scotch

White Rum: White Noise

Hamish Smith investigates the evolution and future trajectory of white rum

Scotch whisky
Whisky Cocktails

Patience Gould takes a look at how mixologists are making Scotch whisky the very heart of a cocktail

Beltran Domecq
Profile: Beltran Domecq

With a name like Beltran Domecq, you know this man has sherry in his veins. Christian Davis meets the new head of the Sherry Institute

Lower-alcohol Wines: The Lowdown

There is increasing awareness and demand for low and lower-alcohol wines. Christian Davis checks on who’s doing what

Syrups: Keeping it Simple

Lucy Britner delves into the world of sugar syrups – and finds there’s more to them than meets the eye

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Cachaça: Critical Mass

Now that cachaça has legal status in the States, it’s bound to start moving in countries other than its homeland. But for now, Brazil remains the focal point. Hamish Smith reports

Neil McGuigan
Profile: Neil McGuigan

McGuigan Wines has just been acclaimed World’s Best Winemaker for an unprecedented third time. Christian Davis talks to the man who makes it all happen

Prosecco and Cava: A glass half full?

The bubbles may not be overflowing for prosecco and cava, but Lucy Britner finds the duo weathering the financial storms of their respective countries

Japanese whisky: Big fish, bigger pond

For a while a few years ago Japanese whisky was the drinks industry success story. Then it all went a little quiet. Dominic Roskrow investigates what happened to it

Bitters

Bitters are making a huge comeback worldwide as innovative brands and classic cocktails push them into the limelight. Patience Gould reviews the category

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Profile: Ron Jeremy

Porn star Ron Jeremy gets the bar call for a rum which bears his name. Hamish Smith meets the actor as his promotional roadshow rolls into London