London Mezcal Week prepares for biggest agave tasting in Europe

London Mezcal Week has returned for its third edition at TT Liquor in Shoreditch as it prepares to host the largest agave spirits tasting in Europe.

Patrón partners with top bars for World Earth Day

To celebrate World Earth Day, Patrón Tequila will join forces with The Conduitin London to host Cocktails with a Conscience on 24 April 2019.

Agave spirits forecast to overtake rum in US, says IWSR

According to research from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, consumption of agave-based spirits was up 9% in the US in 2018.

London Mezcal Week set for new summer dates

London Mezcal Week will be held in the summer for the first time following the announcement of its new dates. 

Ghost Tequila appoints new CCO

Ghost Tequila has appointed Andrew Teubner as chief commercial officer to direct and lead all national sales, brand strategy and marketing for the Boston-based company.

Dave Wilson retires from Patron

Dave Wilson, global president and CEO of Patrón Spirits International and The Patrón Spirits Company, will retire as of April 1, 2019.

Tequila gets European GI approval

The European Commission has approved the addition of Tequila into the EU register of geographical indications.

Patrón Perfectionists win is "new era" for champ

The 2018 Patrón Perfectionists global champion Yeray Monforte, of Barcelona’s Dr Stravinsky, said winning the competition is a ”new era” for him as a bartender.

Yeray Monforte wins Patrón Perfectionists

Yeray Monforte of Dr Stravinsky in Barcelona, has been crowned champion of the Global Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, with his cocktail Wind.

Nicole Sykes wins Patrón Perfectionists UK final

Nicole Sykes, of Satan’s Whiskers, Bethnal Green, East London has been crowned the UK champion of the 2018 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition with her cocktail, Godfather’s Affinity.

Fever-Tree and Patrón tequila launch new mixer

Fever-Tree and Patrón Tequila have joined forces to release Fever-Tree Citrus Tonic Water, a mixer specifically designed to pair with Patrón tequila.

Get Hot Tequila enters Caribbean markets

Hot Glen Road, LLC and Velour Imports have joined forces to import and distribute Get Hot Tequila, the world's first 100% agave, habanero-infused tequila reposado into the Caribbean islands.

Ocho to release two tequilas for 10th anniversary

Tequila Ocho is preparing to release two limited edition tequilas inline with its 10th anniversary.

Callum Baines wins 1800 Tequila Visionaries

Callum Baines from Treacle Bar & Kitchen, Edinburgh has been crowned the winner of 1800 Tequila’s Visionaries Competition.

Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Bacardí ready for tequila boom

Tequila sales are beginning to increase globally as Pernod Ricard, Bacardí and Diageo position themselves to profit from the trend.

Li Tong crowned 2017 Patrón Perfectionists champion

Li Tong from China has been crowned champion of the 2017 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition.

Bacardi Limited agrees Patrón acquisition

Bacardi Limited has agreed to acquire 100% ownership of Patrón Spirits International AG and its Patrón brand, one of the world’s leading premium tequilas.

Scotland produces first Speyside-aged tequila

Scotland’s first tequila company has launched the world’s first solely aged Speyside whisky cask tequila to the market.

Nothlev wins The Tahona Society 2017

Altos Tequila has crowned Jeppe Nothlev, from bar Helium in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the winner of The Tahona Society cocktail competition 2017.

Diageo confirms Casamigos acquisition

Diageo has completed the acquisition of Casamigos, the fastest growing super-premium tequila brand in the US.

Tequila Ocho appoints new global commercial director

Numero Ocho Limited, brand owner of Tequila Ocho, has appointmented Jose Sandoval as global commercial director, effective September 1, 2017.

Heineken faces legal action over Desperados branding

The Tequila Regulatory Council says it is preparing to sue Dutch brewing giants Heineken over the use of  the word ‘Tequila’ on the labels of its Desperados lager range.

Crazy Pedro's opens with hand-picked Herradura barrel

Crazy Pedro’s Northern Quarter in Manchester celebrated its opening yesterday with a tasting of its own barrel of Herradura Double Barrel Reposado tequila.

Millionaires' Club: The Tequila List

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's best-selling tequila brands in 2015. 

Diageo commits $400m to Mexico

Diageo has pledged to make capital investment to expand local production facilities across distilling, bottling and water treatment as well as increasing its agave farming capacity in Mexico, following the completion of its acquisition of Tequila Don Julio last week.

Brands Report 2015: Tequila

That a brand as small as Ocho can be the top selling tequila in any bar, let alone 11 of our 100 surveyed bars, is quite something.

Diageo takes tequila control over Irish fight

Diageo has opted for total control of its tequila destiny rather than a fight for second place in Irish whiskey, according to Euromonitor International's Jeremy Cunnington.

Tahona-made Roca Patrón launches in the US

Patrón Spirits has introduced Roca Patrón, a tequila purely made using the traditional tahona wheel process.

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver makes UK landing

Proximo Spirits has launched Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver to the UK.

Cleo Rocos' AquaRiva rolling out to the US

Former British TV star Cleo Rocos has rolled out AquaRiva tequila to the US following its launch in the UK in 2012.

Pernod Ricard USA extends ultra-premium tequila offering

Pernod Ricard USA has extended its Tequila Avión brand line with Avión Reserva 44, an extra añejo $150-a-bottle tequila. 

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: Tequila

For the fourth instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the Tequila brands moving through their bars.

Diageo’s Tequila spree might not be over

Diageo’s latest super-premium tequila acquisition does not mean the group will not head downstream to a volume brand, says Jeremy Cunnington, senior drinks analyst at Euromonitor International.

Diageo sends second bolt from the blue

Diageo has added to its US tequila portfolio with the acquisition of 100% blue agave tequila Peligroso from the Californian Peligroso Spirits Company.

Diageo and Diddy in DeLeón tequila JV

Diageo has bought “prestige” tequila brand DeLeón and formed a second joint venture with hip-hop star and luxury goods marketer Sean 'Diddy' Combs in attempt to “reclaim leadership position” in tequila in the US.

Jose Cuervo tops best selling tequila list

Jose Cuervo was the largest selling tequila in the world in 2012, selling 4.4m 9-litre cases, according to The Millionaire's Club 2013.

Patrón appoints new chief marketing officer

Patrón Spirits has announced Lee Applbaum has joined the company as chief marketing officer.

Tequila targets China as 2nd largest importer

The Tequila Chamber (CNIT) is working on a campaign to develop China into the category’s number two export market, now that Chinese tequila-importation laws have been relaxed.

Proximo to counter-punch Cuervo threat

The newly formed Proximo Spirits UK has set out its plan to build on Jose Cuervo’s dominance of the UK tequila market, dismissing suggestions the brand’s transition from Diageo will dent sales.

Diageo searching for second tequila

DI understands Diageo has actively tried to expand its tequila operation, with an offer made to Centinela tequila and interest shown in the Orendaine family-owned Don Roberto distillery.

Agave crisis to last five more years

The tequila industry's agave crisis, which has seen prices rocket 500% in two years due to a shortage of supply, is likely to continue for another five years, according to Jesús Hernández, master distiller of Olmeca.

Olmeca Altos Anejo readies for UK and US launch

Pernod Ricard is working on the release of an Anejo variant of its Olmeca Altos tequila.