Abderrahim ‘Absou’ El Asfar’s bar concept – winner of the Ballantine’s entrepreneurial competition with more than 50% of the vote – opened at Le Chacha, Paris last night. 

Bacardi has announced the Bacardi Legacy Global Final 2015 will be held in Sydney. 

Diageo has completed its tender offer for a further 26% share in United Spirits. 

Concha y Toro presented the new Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection wines to the UK press last night in London.

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is looking to boost its low-key Paddy whiskey brand with the release of a single pot still centenary edition.

Brown-Forman has announced a $100m-plus investment into its Jack Daniel Distillery, despite relatively flat volume sales of its original Jack Daniel's whiskey. 

Diageo is to launch Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon liqueur in the US.

Cinnamon Smirnoff Gold

19 August, 2013

Diageo has introduced Smirnoff Gold – a blend of Smirnoff No.21 premium vodka with natural cinnamon flavouring, garnished with edible 23 carat gold leaf.

Irish Distillers has launched the latest release of its flagship blended whiskey, Midleton Very Rare.

Beam's 2 Gingers Irish whiskey has launched into nine new US states this year. 

Highland single malt scotch whisky brand Tomatin has reported 150% growth in the UK over the past three years.

Campari is to release a new expression of Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey called Wild Turkey Forgiven.

Unhappy Hour by Jamie Sims was the winner of Beefeater #MyLondon Film Fest.

Havana Club sweetens recipe

15 August, 2013

Havana Club has changed the recipe of its Añejo Especial expression to make it sweeter. 

Absolut has announced new designs for its range of flavoured vodkas.

Diageo has announced what it claims to be one of its most innovative products for a decade - Baileys Chocolat Luxe.

Christmas is £4 billion worth of business for beer, wines and spirits, according to Pernod Ricard UK.

Edrington has launched its Brugal rum at Delhi International airport.

The CEO of SPI Group has written an open letter to the gay community in response to a boycott of its Stolichnaya vodka.

Italian sparkling wine Gancia is to be distributed by The Wine Group in the US.

Wemyss Malts has released another batch of single cask, single malt Scotch whiskies to Europe and Asia.

Treasury Wine Estates  announced the signing up of former England cricket captains and Ashes legends Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan - on the first day of the much anticipated Ashes cricket series.

The 20 finalists for the Peter F. Heering Sling (by country, cocktail name, bartender name and bar) are:

Blackdown Artisan Spirits debuted its vodka, gin and vermouth range at Imbibe Live this week, having launched the company just a few days earlier.

Georg Riedel and Angelo Gaja – two famous names in the wine world – are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Riedel’s Sommeliers collection in London in September.

The rare and special bottle of The Macallan Select Reserve, donated by Maxxium UK, sold for £4,400 at the Masterpiece Midsummer Party Auction and will benefit Marie Curie Cancer Care; a charity that cares for terminally ill patients and their families. 

The rare and special bottle of The Macallan Select Reserve, donated by Maxxium UK, sold for £4,400 at the Masterpiece Midsummer Party Auction and will benefit Marie Curie Cancer Care; a charity that cares for terminally ill patients and their families. 

Brown-Forman Corporation has announced that it intends to expand the Woodford Reserve distillery to meet expected growing global demand.

A US vodka brand has appointed music star Chris Brown as its creative director.

Nomacorc has announced the launch of  what it describes as a “breakthrough next generation oxygen analyser system”.

Peter Lehmann, one of the founders and giants of the modern Australian wine industry has died, aged 82

Stoli gets UK ambassador

25 June, 2013

SPI has appointed its first UK brand ambassador for the Stolichnaya vodka brand. Bartender Matthew Dakers (pictured)  is to work with Maxxium UK’s sales team to help drive the brand in the on-trade.

The United Kingdom Vineyards Association has announced the results of this year’s English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition.

SABMiller plc and Kopparberg Brewery AB have announced that they have entered into a cooperation agreement for the long term licensing of Kopparberg cider products in selected markets.

Tequila and Mescal have a poor image and there is a lack of understanding, according to a Mexican government body.

Amorim and O-I, two global leaders in wine packaging, have unveiled a new ‘twist-to-open’ cork stopper and bottle, called Helix.

Calvados Boulard has launched Boulard Auguste and Boulard Extra to the UK market, through UK agent Cellar Trends.

J & G Grant, owners of the Glenfarclas distillery, has appointed George Grant to its board of directors.

Armagnac house Janneau has decided to double its capacity to distil in-house.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) exhibition, Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass, has opened in the Glasgow.

Patrón Spirits has announced that Dave Wilson is its president of its new international operations and global COO, effective June 10.

Bénédictine has announced that it will be sponsoring this year’s UK Bartenders’ Guild National Cocktail Competition.

McGuigan Wines’ senior winemaker Peter Hall is Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced that it has signed up its Wolf Blass brand as partners of Sky Sports broadcast of the next two Ashes cricket series between England and Australia.

Glenfarclas whisky and Hine cognac have launched joint 1953 vintages.

Diageo has launched Pimm’s in Greece. This is the UK-centric product’s first export market.

Pernod Ricard USA has added two dessert-flavoured additions to its rum and coconut liqueur brand Malibu.

Rusty Cerven, of the UK’s Connaught Bar, won the seventh annual Bols Around the World competition, beating 11 other finalists in a hard-fought competition at Amsterdam’s Escape nightclub.

New Indian whiskies

15 May, 2013

Two single malt Indian whiskies were unveiled in London last night (May 14).

UK: Russian Standard vodka is to invest £7 million on promotional activity over the summer. 

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