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

Pick of the Launches

05 May, 2016

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

The Gatekeeper

28 April, 2016

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

Rum lightens up

21 April, 2016

It’s not all dark & stormy for rum – Holly Motion finds producers are aiming to wake up the spirit’s white side.

Got Carter

18 April, 2016

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.

London Wine Fair

11 April, 2016

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

Vinitaly preview

04 April, 2016

How organiser Veronafiere is celebrating 50 years of Vinitaly, Italy’s leading showcase dedicated to wines and spirits, on April 10-13.

Pick of the Launches

04 April, 2016

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

Ready for anything

01 April, 2016

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

Back up from Down Under

16 March, 2016

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. 

The New Standard

16 March, 2016

Standard spirits sales are growing but small budgets mean its often up to the bottle to do the talking. Hamish Smith reports.

Rising to the Challenge

16 March, 2016

Joe Bates confronts some challenges facing the Americas duty free business ahead of the annual Iaddfs show.

Pick of the Launches

11 March, 2016

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

Jungle Juice

11 March, 2016

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 Educator

04 March, 2016

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s Ian Harris is a man on a mission. Disciple Christian Davis catches up with the missionary

Lowering the bar

26 February, 2016

Lower-alcohol wines are flourishing in some markets and languishing in others. Christian Davis reports

The commercialisation of craft

26 February, 2016

Craft spirits, so-called and authentic, are now ubiquitous. Hamish Smith discusses what this means for the term –  and what the term actually means

Going underground

19 February, 2016

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

Super Troopers

12 February, 2016

Does super-premium really earn its stripes over the spirits segments? Holly Motion investigates

Carnival Spirit

29 January, 2016

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

The rise and rise of ryes

21 January, 2016

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….

Sweet Solutions

15 January, 2016

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

Caap fits

07 January, 2016

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

Cava fights back

07 January, 2016

Spain’s sparklers could be starting to claw their way out from under the shadow of Prosecco, reports Sarah Jane Evans MW

Time to fortify

23 December, 2015

Port is currently in good health but it needs to act now to ensure it survives warns Holly Motion  

Branded but not brandy

23 December, 2015

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

Scandi Spirit

04 December, 2015

Whisky has survived choppy waters in scandinavia, and sales are holding up when compared to some other european markets. Dominic Roskrow reports

Rum’s got punch

24 November, 2015

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

David Wondrich: Wonder Man

20 November, 2015

Hamish Smith drinks in some pearls of wisdom from the cocktail world’s top historian

Just the tonic

13 November, 2015

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: Freeing the spirit

11 November, 2015

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

Ethical Concept: Craft Vodka

22 October, 2015

Consumers love ‘craft’, but are producers abusing the notion? Holly Hotion investigates

Prickly subject

19 October, 2015

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

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