Pick of the Launches

21 September, 2016

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

Soft focus

30 August, 2016

Adult soft drinks have come a long way and now offer a viable, sophisticated alternative to their alcoholic counterparts. Tracy West reports

Blends beckon

30 August, 2016

It’s been all about the Malbec in Argentina for quite some time, but now winemakers are backing blends as the way forward. Christian Davis reports

Closing arguments

30 August, 2016

From sealing to feeling… and sparkling all over. Sally Easton MW reports on the latest in closure innovation

Fruit drops

30 August, 2016

Cider’s pulling in punters with its vast array of flavour variants. Tracy West looks at how various brands are capitalising on consumers’ love of fruit

Show and tell?

30 August, 2016

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

30 August, 2016

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

23 August, 2016

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

Barrel of laughs

30 August, 2016

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

Duty paid

28 June, 2016

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

Eastern Promise

02 August, 2016

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

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

Trending now

01 August, 2016

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

01 August, 2016

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

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

Family Guy

01 August, 2016

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

01 August, 2016

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

Understanding Armagnac

22 July, 2016

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

Rioja rocks

28 June, 2016

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

28 June, 2016

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?

28 June, 2016

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

28 June, 2016

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

Pick of the Launches

27 June, 2016

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

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

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

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

20 June, 2016

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

Cultivating change

20 June, 2016

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

Walking through fire

17 June, 2016

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

15 June, 2016

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

09 June, 2016

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

Pick of the Launches

09 June, 2016

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

Ginformation

02 June, 2016

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?

02 June, 2016

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

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

Think gin

27 May, 2016

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

Gin & tonic!

27 May, 2016

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

27 May, 2016

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?

27 May, 2016

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

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

25 May, 2016

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

25 May, 2016

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

Beyond juniper

23 May, 2016

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

23 May, 2016

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

Botanical margins

17 May, 2016

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

17 May, 2016

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

The dark market

17 May, 2016

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

12 May, 2016

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

Vinexpo Asia excursion

12 May, 2016

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

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

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Dominic Roskrow

The serious business of bourbon

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