Hamish Smith gathers some of the trade’s thoughts on where gin is at and where it’s going
Spain is a huge gin market but it has to be gin & tonic – even if some don’t like the taste. Christian Davis reports
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.
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.
It might have gained notoriety as an ingredient in James bond’s signature drink, but Vermouth’s reach is far wider, reports Holly Motion.
Younger consumers are boosting sales of fruit-flavoured wines in a fast-growing category. Holly Motion reports on the new hybrid cuvée.
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
The large-brand, big volume bitters are enjoying the fallout of the cocktail boom. Hamish Smith reports on their fortunes.
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
A round-up of some of the most recent gin products.
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 is flying. Hardly a week passes without another launch. Christian Davis reports
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
Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine May edition.
Dr Nick Morgan is Diageo’s head of whisky outreach. Who is he and what does that mean? Christian Davis meets the good doctor
Gavin D Smith explores the appeal and conflicts of the densely distillery-populated Scottish region.
Jamie Goode discovers a single varietal approach is revolutionising a wine style
It’s not all dark & stormy for rum – Holly Motion finds producers are aiming to wake up the spirit’s white side.
Ross Carter is the man who did the equivalent of ‘Brexit’ to the London Wine Fair. He oversaw the dumping of the international element in favour of going it alone with domestic. Christian Davis meets the event director.
The London Wine Fair – now in its 36th year – will be held at London Olympia from May 3-5. Christian Davis previews the upcoming event
How organiser Veronafiere is celebrating 50 years of Vinitaly, Italy’s leading showcase dedicated to wines and spirits, on April 10-13.
It’s not so long ago that pre-mixed cocktails were sneered at. But now it’s all about batching – and it’s all the rage. Holly Motion reports
It may be a cliché to say that the Australian wine industry has been a victim of its own success but it does aptly sum up its situation. Christian Davis delves down under.
Standard spirits sales are growing but small budgets mean it’s often up to the bottle to do the talking. Hamish Smith reports.
Joe Bates confronts some challenges facing the Americas duty free business ahead of the annual Iaddfs show.
Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine March edition.
The liqueurs sector is like a jungle: full of different creatures. It’s a diverse environment where the one thing they have in common is a broad category classification. Christian Davis explores
The Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s Ian Harris is a man on a mission. Disciple Christian Davis catches up with the missionary
Lower-alcohol wines are flourishing in some markets and languishing in others. Christian Davis reports
Craft spirits, so-called and authentic, are now ubiquitous. Hamish Smith discusses what this means for the term – and what the term actually means
After several years of top awards, critical acclaim and buoyant sales, Japanese whisky seems to have become a victim of its own success. Dominic Roskrow asks what’s happening next
Does super-premium really earn its stripes over the spirits segments? Holly Motion investigates
Brazil may be suffering economically, but its second sporting event in as many years is being hailed a great opportunity for its national spirit. Holly Motion reports
That rye whisky is in high demand will come as news to no one. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, we ain’t seen nothing yet….
With sugar under the cosh from the health lobby, bartenders and syrup producers are trying to find alternatives. Holly Motion catches up on the latest
Åsa Caap is the mastermind behind the Our/Vodka brand concept. Christian Davis Caught up with her in London to get the lowdown on how it all started
Spain’s sparklers could be starting to claw their way out from under the shadow of Prosecco, reports Sarah Jane Evans MW
Port is currently in good health but it needs to act now to ensure it survives warns Holly Motion
Many brandy producers’ entry level products are now falling into the spirit drinks category. Hamish Smith asks if this is a move in the right direction
Whisky has survived choppy waters in scandinavia, and sales are holding up when compared to some other european markets. Dominic Roskrow reports
Not for the first time, a growing number of retailers, distributors and drinks experts are predicting a bright future for premium rum in the United States. Dominic Roskrow asked a panel of experts for their thoughts
Hamish Smith drinks in some pearls of wisdom from the cocktail world’s top historian
It’s reputedly the UK’s fastest growing soft drink and its pairing with the cool kid of craft – gin – has done it no harm whatsoever. So why is the drink that makes up three quarters of a G&T such a hard sell Stateside?
Mezcal is a spirit steeped in the rituals of mexico’s ancients. Hamish smith discovers how it is finding its way in the modern world.
The South African wine industry has reached a crucial moment, according to the chairman of Wines of South Africa. Christian Davis got a tip off and was there
Consumers love ‘craft’, but are producers abusing the notion? Holly Hotion investigates
Fears of an agave shortage seem to be having no effect on tequila production as new markets open up and premium products find favour. Holly Motion reports