Tyler Zielinski makes the pilgrimage to Jamaica’s Hampden Estate, where natural production methods for rum have long been employed.

Shay Waterworth investigates the potential for Rioja blanco as consumer tastes swing towards lighter styles and climate change means bringing in different grape varieties.

The Scotch industry is very keen on using sherry vats to finish its whiskies, but the fortified still has an image problem with drinkers.

There’s so much more to rosé beyond Provence styles – consumers just need to be made aware of other options.

The message to emerge loud and clear from the busy TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition is that travel retail’s most important market is on the road to recovery.

The London Wine Fair returned to the Olympia for a three-day event that felt like a return to pre-pandemic normality, Drinks International sat down with the show’s director Hannah Tovey to reflect on the event and look ahead to next year. 

Food waste and positive farming techniques are the goals of two Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award winners. Shay Waterworth follows the new efforts of Re and Little Red Door.

Ginflation in the UK

28 April, 2023

The UK’s favourite spirit battles high tax, rising costs and a lack of support from the government.

Pisco pack leaders

28 April, 2023

Divided across two nations, pisco is badly in need of leaders to take it into the wider world.

Change for Chilean wine

28 April, 2023

Women winemakers in Chile are working with a shi­fting climate and diversifying the country’s portfolio in the process.

What is B Corp?

28 April, 2023

Environmental and social responsibility have become essential to business, and achieving the highest standard possible involves hard work, Drinks International sits down with Tim Etherington-Judge to talk B Corp.

This month’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition takes place at a time of rebirth for the region’s travel retail business after years of Covid-related misery.

The uncovering of a family history has led to one of the biggest success stories in American whiskey history.

Scotch comes at a price

27 April, 2023

Scotland's whisky-making industry has been hard hit by many external factors – not least the UK’s Spring Budget. 

Bushmills’ new distillery has opened up a world of possibilities both for production levels and the creation of exciting Irish whiskey expressions.

Crémant ready to pop

13 April, 2023

Crémant shares many similarities with French cousin champagne – but price isn’t one of them. Shay Waterworth reports on how the wine is growing.

Mixers step up the pace

13 April, 2023

Premium tonic and fellow mixers have grabbed consumer attention rapidly in recent years, and have been subject to much innovation, Shay Waterworth seeks out the latest trends.

They may only be needed in tiny drops, but bitters are a crucial element for many cocktails. Eleanor Yates looks at how the market is growing post-covid.

The Rioja producer has announced plans for a new visitor centre that will showcase its commitment to sustainability.

Cognac future rapped up

05 April, 2023

One sector of popular music seems fixated on the spirit and is helping introduce new consumers to the sector. but it’s not all plain sailing.

The travel retail industry calendar moves on to the Americas and Summit of the Americas in Florida. Joe Bates reports on a region rebounding strongly after covid, but which does face challenges.

Steven Soderbergh has dipped into the oceans of spirits and secured his favourite Bolivian drink its own classification.

Historic event supported by Maison Edouard Delaunay nets record amount for Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges.

To mark Women’s History Month, Drinks International caught up with female powerhouse Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey to look at its success in the traditionally male dominated space that is the whisk(e)y industry. 

When UK chancellor of the exchequer Jeremy Hunt delivered his 2023 budget in the House of Commons, how you received it might’ve depended on your preferred tipple.

Rum moves to sustainability

23 February, 2023

Despite the challenges posed by its production methods, the sugarcane spirit is serious about a commitment to a greener future.

There’s a new kid on the block in Mexico. Corn whisky is seeing a fair bit of growth as its potential is becoming recognised.

With greatly varying temperatures and a wide variety of soil types, Ribero del Duero winemakers have to be forward thinking.

How best to scale mezcal?

23 February, 2023

It’s had a meteoric rise of late, but is mezcal becoming a victim of its own success?

GI holds back Irish pot still

23 February, 2023

Irish whiskey producers are looking for a change to regulations in order to allow the style to flourish.

Gin may have fallen out of favour in the UK, but its prospects are much brighter in travel retail.

ProWein preview

23 February, 2023

Shay Waterworth takes a look at what can be expected from this year’s leading international wine and spirits trade show in Düsseldorf.

The South American country has been making waves with its cuisine in recent years. and now drinks producers are getting in on the act, says Sorrel Moseley-Williams.

Sorrel Moseley-Williams reports on how wine producers are coping following the recent disaster in their ancient vineyards.

Swedish schnapps brand, Flävar, recently reached 100k bottles sold since launching in the UK on-trade in May 2022. Drinks International caught up with Rolf Munding, owner of Market Taverns Group, whose latest venture, Flävar, plans to grow its European presence this year.

The possibility of a clampdown on alcohol promotions has ruffled feathers in Scotch whisky quarters. 

Baijiu evolves

25 January, 2023

Largely misunderstood outside of its domestic market, baijiu could be finding new routes to globalisation.

Producers need to switch up their educational efforts around the sugarcane spirit to broaden its appeal.

Growth ahead for mixers

25 January, 2023

New markets are emerging for premium mixers and providing major expansion opportunities.

Bordeaux struggles

25 January, 2023

With red wine consumption dropping, the region’s producers face tough challenges.

Liqueurs: the main event

25 January, 2023

Liqueurs have long been in the shadow of spirits, but their role in modern day mixology should not be underestimated.

China’s great reopening has injected much-needed optimism into the travel retail business at the start of 2023, but over in the Middle East Dubai’s duty free business has been dealt an unexpected regulatory blow.

The Hi-Spirits Classic Cocktail Competition, as the name suggests, is all about the classics. inspired by Jake Burger’s book, An Anthology of 12 Classic Cocktails, the comp calls on bartenders to create twists and classics – a subject which judge Clinton Cawood wanted to explore further by sitting down with Burger.

Soju breaks new ground

25 January, 2023

Hite Jinro is working to bring South Korea’s beloved spirit to the rest of the world, Shay Waterworth talks to the company’s overseas market managing director.

A response to the notion that 'without criticism there is only marketing', by DI editor Shay Waterworth.

Since Devon-based husband-and-wife team Russ and Gemma Wakeham launched the carbon-negative Two Drifters rum in 2019, the brand has gone from strength to strength – despite not necessarily doing things the easy way.

Armagnac branches out

04 January, 2023

Oli Dodd finds foreign investment is helping to increase awareness of a pretty niche spirit.

Spanning a wide spectrum of flavours, bitters is well placed to attract new consumers with variations on existing brands.

Indian whisky booms

04 January, 2023

While looming economic uncertainty may be jangling some nerves, for now, premiumisation is driving strong growth both domestically and abroad.

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