Producers of top Spanish brands are hopeful for the future, says Dominic Roskrow

In the latest instalment of the Brandy Report Hamish Smith looks at French brandies from outside of Cognac and Armagnac.

Experimental cask finishes, single cask bottlings and unaged spirits… Ian Buxton has been to Armagnac and finds innovation making advances on tradition 

Could any another brandy styles emulate cognac’s success? Richard Woodard looks at the candidates for premium enlightenment 

Pastis: The Star Anise

25 February, 2015

The pastis market may be a mature one, but it is using tradition alongside innovation to recruit new consumers. Richard Woodard investigates

In the latest article of the Brandy Report, Nicholas Faith discusses the downturn in the ever-volatile cognac market

In the second article of the Brandy Report series, DI investigates the Philippine brandy market

In the first of our new series of reports on the global brandy sector we introduce the category - where it is now, and where it is headed.

As demand for sparkling wine shows no signs of abating, the New World is taking its chances and offering quality like never before, as Jamie Goode reports

Distillers in Tennessee are whipping up a storm as they continue to debate the definition of their whiskey. Dominic Roskrow reports

Rainbow Brandy

16 January, 2015

When it comes to brandy South Africa does not get much of a look in. Yet its best are up there with the world’s greatest.  Christian Davis reports

Adventurous flavours are on the cards for sugar syrups in 2015, as Lucy Britner reports

Gregory Dal Piaz, editor of Snooth.com, discusses where your next great wine will come from

Panos Sarantopoulos, chief executive of Rémy Cointreau’s liqueurs and spirits division, is on a mission to get the iconic orange liqueur behind every bar. Christian Davis meets him

Cachaça: In Full Flow

09 January, 2015

Brazil’s cachaça is carving out an identity for itself ahead of the 2016 Olympics, as Richard Woodard reports

Valuing the Douro

09 December, 2014

Jaq Bayles finds that port may at last have found some ways to make itself attractive to a younger generation. And even the most traditional producers are at peace with it

DI talks to Sandy Hyslop

19 December, 2014

Sandy Hyslop, Chivas Brothers’ master blender, is hands on. He’s not one for travelling long haul most of the year. Christian Davis tracks him down to where he is happiest.

Raki comes to the table

09 December, 2014

Hamish Smith investigastes the resurgence of an old spirit

Despite facing a litany of challenges, the travel retail business is upbeat, as the TFWA World Exhibition proved. Joe Bates reports

Sweet Wines: A Noble Pursuit

08 December, 2014

It may not have the raciest of images, but sweet wine is undergoing quiet change. Jamie Goode reports

Flavoured spirits drinks are being released at a pace. But are they blurring the rules over whisky production, and are they just a passing fad? Dominic Roskrow reports

Hamish Smith meets the latest generation of the world’s most famous triple sec family

Irish whiskey: Sky's the limit

21 November, 2014

Irish whiskey is really pushing forward as a spirits category. With the world’s thirst for whisk(e)y, the sky appears to be the limit. Christian Davis reports.

Mineral Water: Make it Clear

17 November, 2014

Attention to detail can turn a good bar into a great one and ensuring you use the right water is a matter of taste, finds Lucy Britner

Prosecco: hard graft

07 November, 2014

Hamish Smith travels to the Prosecco Hills and finds that, while the Italian sparkler is outselling champagne, its bubbles don’t necessarily reach the top

As gin continues its relentless seduction of the cocktail cognoscenti, Holly Motion ponders its enduring appeal

Connecting with consumers

27 October, 2014

When connecting with consumers brands must lean into change, writes DI guest writer Nick Vale, global head of planning at Maxus.

The whiskey engineer

16 October, 2014

Jeff Arnett wanted to build cars but his life took another path. Hamish Smith talks to the man behind Jack Daniel’s

Japan's rice wine

16 October, 2014

Sake is an ancient drink in Japan that is finding fortune across other markets. Jaq Bayles looks at its appeal

Guestwriter Steve Raye of Brand Action Team tells us his practical advice for exporters looking for a US importer. 

Island of dreams

19 September, 2014

Can Scottish single malt meet the commercial demands of the marketing men but still be true to its traditions? Dominic Roskrow asks Islay’s whisky makers what they think

A way of life

19 September, 2014

Dark aged rums are seen as the serious members of the party spirit family. But they’re also the ones spearheading innovation. Christian Davis reports

New routes to market

16 September, 2014

Guest writer David Atkinson of marketing agency, Space, tells us why there is a gap emerging between consumers and spirits brands and how new routes to market must be found.

The Tonic for Gin

12 September, 2014

Spain is experiencing a great gin renaissance and is a must-embrace market for premium producers, reports Holly Motion

Cocktail Specials

09 September, 2014

What does it take to make and maintain a great cocktail list? Christian Davis asks around

Whisky in Africa

20 August, 2014

A variety of elements are combining to make African countries exciting prospects for whisky producers. Hamish Smith investigates

Spirits writer Dave Broom has a long pedigree. Hamish Smith caught up with him at the Havana Club Grand Prix 2014

Keep it classic

07 August, 2014

As Patience Gould discovers, liqueurs are often the perfect foil to mainstream spirits  – particularly when it comes to the mixing circuit

Agave shortage doesn't just mean higher priced tequila. DI's guest writer Dale Sklar, tells us how the black market for agave is back and how the 'Coyotes' are once again prospering. 

After a high-tide in 1966 that lay waste to Venetian vines, the indigenous Dorona grape was hanging by a thread. 

Getting on the list

24 July, 2014

It is common practice for brands to offer incentives to bars in return for a listing and this works in everyone’s favour – but does it mean smaller players miss out?  Hamish Smith investigates

Monsieur Cuba

25 July, 2014

Françoise Renié wants everyone to join the Havana Club – and his approach via Cuban culture is certainly paying off. Hamish Smith met up with the marketer in Cuba

Single malt is growing in travel retail with increased premiumisation and demand for exclusivity. It tells us a lot about the category’s burgeoning fortunes around the globe. Joe Bates reports

Armagnac is claimed to be the oldest brandy in France, and in the past was consumed for its therapeutic benefits. Christian Davis gets a prescription

The winemakers of Rioja are doing exceptional things in their attempts at diversification. Hamish Smith reports

Wray & Nephew master blender, Joy Spence, recieved the Outstanding Contribution award at the ISC 2014. Hamish Smith got her reaction.

The lighter side of wine

11 July, 2014

Jamie Goode investigates the possibilities for reduced alcohol wine

These versatile brews are growing in popularity at a rate of knots as they become a vital part of the bar call. Patience Gould investigates

Absinthe: Ever Green

27 June, 2014

The purveyors of fine absinthe are being vindicated and the category is slowly but surely earning proper respect. Dominic Roskrow looks at a category on the comeback trail

The wines of Lugana around Italy’s Verona are well known in Europe, but now producers are on a mission to take them to the rest of the world. Jaq Bayles reports

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