Hite-Jinro’s soju brand, Jinro, remains the world’s best-selling spirit, according to this year's Drinks International’s million-case brands survey.

Shochu: A Drop in the Ocean

02 October, 2013

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

Soju: Korea Moves

02 October, 2013

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

Hite-Jinro would consider selling a share of its business to Diageo, according to the South Korean group’s co-president.

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Dirty cocktail names: Is it the end?

There are lies, damn lies, statistics – and then there are statistics about cocktails. It emerged recently that a UK firm named Travel Republic surveyed punters, and apparently 29% of them disapprove of sexually suggestive cocktail names.

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