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on 24 November, 2015

An article in The New York Times exploring where to find the best duty free bargains in the Americas caught my eye recently.

on 20 November, 2015

What possessed me? I shouldn’t have done it. We’ve all been warned about going online at night, specially after a drink. I know where it’ll lead and how grubby and ashamed I will feel afterwards.

on 09 November, 2015

Business columnist Hamish Smith discusses whether Islamic countries could be the next growth engine of the drinks industry

on 06 November, 2015

It was during my first visit to Prowein in 2000 that I first came across the idea of discounters.

on 28 October, 2015

An early Monday morning, and the BBC radio newsreader has reached the final item of the 7am bulletin. As is the convention with any news story preceded with an “and finally”, the item is meant to signal a change of pace, offering some light relief. 

on 22 October, 2015

Monsieur Bates. Je suis ici!” shouts a leather-clad biker, gesticulating wildly outside the roar and bustle of the Gare du Nord on a sunny October morning.

on 15 October, 2015

A few years ago, on the day they banned cigarette smoking in the UK’s pubs, bars and restaurants, I was at a press conference with the new chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association.

on 02 October, 2015

Over the past year I have heard several people in the travel retail sector grandly refer to their business as the ‘sixth continent’, to underline just how important the channel has become to the drinks industry. 

on 25 September, 2015

After the "normalisation" of Cuban-American relations this summer, DI's business columunist Hamish Smith tells us when to expect the doors of bussiness to swing open and what it will mean for the rum industry

It’s not as stupid a question as it might first seem. It’s a spirit made from grain, yeast and water in the country of Ireland, right?

on 30 July, 2015

Despite some gloomy reactions among city analysts to Diageo’s full year results to June 2015, chief executive Ivan Menezes was very upbeat at his briefing to journalists and city analysts in a top London restaurant today (July 30).

Patience Gould puts in a good word for the multinationals who are promoting spirits and helping to bring them more into the mainstream

World’s 50 Best Bars academy member, Jan Warren, kicks off the first in a series of cocktail columns with a focus on the Daiquiri

Patience Gould looks at a titan of the vodka world and how its ‘handcrafted’ approach is appealing to the Millennial generation

on 13 March, 2015

Drinks International's editor Christian Davis on Jameson's bottle your own initiative.

Patience Gould gives the lowdown on some of the changes and improvements being introduced at this year’s Vinexpo

Drinks International's editor Christian Davis was at Pernod Ricard's roundtable. 

on 29 January, 2015

Drinks International's editor Christian Davis was at Diageo's half-year results briefing.

on 06 January, 2015

Patience Gould sees in the new year with a Sunset Boulevardier – and celebrates the latest from Chivas Regal

on 04 December, 2014

Patience Gould assesses what’s going on as things shake up in the tequila and Irish whiskey categories

on 15 December, 2014

Or does it just need to be pumped up, asks Ian Harris – CEO of WSET

on 28 October, 2014

Patience Gould witnesses an historic moment in Bombay Sapphire’s history – and raises her glass to the company behind the brand

on 13 October, 2014

Patience Gould gets to grips with her new favourite read – and wishes she could ask the author some questions regarding the world’s current state

on 19 September, 2014

Patience Gould is entranced by Cointreau’s literary offering – and its contribution to her new favourite drink, the Margarita

on 30 May, 2014

Another one of those low key informal briefings this time revolving around the new Johnnie Walker expression: John Walker Private Collection 2014. As has become customary, held in London’s Soho, officiated over by Diageo’s head of whisky outreach, Nick Morgan and in the hot seat a jet and train-lagged master distiller, Jim Beveridge.

on 27 May, 2014

As the Scottish referendum looms, Patience Gould ponders the possible fate of the scotch whisky industry if EU membership is lost

on 15 May, 2014

It’s hard to know what Diageo is really thinking. But sat at the trade tasting of Haig Club in London yesterday, I had a glimpse into its inner workings.

on 12 May, 2014

Hamish Smith was at The Distillers City Debate, where the future of rum was the topic of discussion

Peter Holland explains how rum, above all other categories, is vulnerable to mis-labelling

on 01 May, 2014

Patience Gould was unsure about Diageo’s latest approach to Scotch marketing, but is coming round to David Beckham and blue bottles

on 09 April, 2014

Gruppo Campari has become a major force in the global drinks industry. Patience Gould looks back on its humble beginnings

on 27 March, 2014
J&B Urban Honey

The flags of war are unfurled and hoisted, and the powerhouses of the spirits industry have readied their infantry. The battle of Flavoured Scotch can now begin.

on 11 March, 2014

Last night in London kilts and headdresses collided as two very distinct worlds united. It’s hard to imagine there has ever been a more amusingly incongruous marriage than Scotland and Brazil.

on 14 March, 2014

Patience Gould has been following the fortunes of the drinks giants – and of the countries where they seek those fortunes

on 18 February, 2014

The Pernod Ricard team were in London today (February 18) to flesh on the bones for their half year interim results which were announced last week.

on 31 January, 2014

Playing the numbers game Diageo’s interim results for the six months to December 31 which were reported yesterday (January 30), make bleak reading.

on 24 January, 2014

Patience Gould charts the ups and downs of Whyte & Mackay as the distiller once more goes on the market

on 03 January, 2014

There’s been a shift in the way drinks are marketed. Patience Gould looks at the new worthy contenders

on 13 December, 2013

Jan Konetzki, head sommelier at several Gordon Ramsay restaurants, has outlined the dos and don’ts of pitching wine to sommeliers.

on 10 December, 2013

A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.

on 04 December, 2013

Last night (Tuesday December 3), I attended a tasting of Balblair vintages. We tasted five whiskies, 2003, 1997, 1990, 1983 and 1969, prefaced by a glass of Balblair’s base spirit.

on 28 November, 2013

I have just returned from the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Havana Club International. Standing in a huge hall with more than 1,000 people – mostly employees but also people associated with the company and the eponymous Cuban rum brand – it became obvious what a force for good an alcoholic drinks brand can be.

on 02 October, 2013

Last night I was at the London Gin Summit, which, contrary to its lofty title, was a relatively low-key meeting of drinks commentators and producers bound by a common craft, encircled by a common road (...the M25). The premise for the summit was the question: ‘should London-distilled gin be protected?’ and this is what happened... 

on 01 October, 2013

Steffin Oghene talks tequila at El Fortaleza, one of the distilleries visited on a tour of the region

on 05 August, 2013
Ardbeg Half Marathon

Brokeback Mountain: Ardbeg runners show the love for Saddle [sic] whose back hampered progresss over Islay's hills 

on 02 August, 2013

Former Drinks International editor Patience Gould takes a look at the great age debate that’s aging in the whisky sector.  

on 31 July, 2013

Listening to BBC Radio 4 this morning (July 31), I heard the voice of the new chief executive of Diageo. Ivan Menezes coped well with the busy, bustling questions from the Beeb’s city correspondent in the minute or so allotted to the interview.

on 21 June, 2013

Former Drinks International editor Patience Gould enjoys cocktail innovation from Cognac and Japan

on 20 June, 2013

You don’t often go to a whisky tasting and get given raspberry sorbet, half way through.  Sniffing strawberry and getting a vanilla stick stuck up your nose, isn’t common either.

on 29 May, 2013

Standing listening last night to The Macallan’s brand ambassador, Joy Elliot, who was conducting a tasting of the new 1824 Series at the Whisky Shop in London’s Piccadilly, I could not resist a feeling of déjà vu.


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