A drink with… Ana Maria Romero, Mijenta

The maestra tequilera of Mijenta Tequila tells us about changing the category’s image, and the importance of sustainability. What inspired you to make Mijenta? I was thinking about the lands, the people, the jimadors and the agave. But I also thought about the people that were tasting it and enjoying it. We really wanted it to have the local characteristics of the region. Things like the red clay soil, the agave, all these aspects really…

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A drink with… Felicity Gransden, Ron Colón Salvadoreño

Felicity Gransden, co-owner of Ron Colón Salvadoreño rum, tells us about the challenges of launching a new brand during a global pandemic. Where did your interest in rum come from? In the past, I worked on vodka brands and apéritif brands, so working on a rum brand was a new step for me. When I joined the Ron Colón team as co‐owner, it was at the point where Pepijn [Janssens] and Thurman [Wise] had designed…

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A drink with… Mike Carthy, Spirit of Harrogate

The co‐founder of Yorkshire’s Spirit of Harrogate talks about celebrating Slingsby Gin’s fifth anniversary, and the company’s ambition to make the brand a global player. Slingsby celebrated its fifth birthday in August. How did you mark the occasion? We had planned to host a big party to thank all our partners and those who have played a part in our story and supported us from the start. Like most, our plans went out the window.…

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A drink with… Kaitlyn Tsai, Kavalan

Kaitlyn Tsai, brand ambassador and global PR officer for Taiwanese distiller Kavalan, on changing consumers’ perception of world whisky. How did you get into whisky? My childhood memories are of playing in Yilan County’s lush green rice fields. I’ve visited Kavalan Distillery many times since I grew up. The first time I tried whisky neat was at the public tasting area at the distillery. In 2014, I thought Kavalan was magnificent in creating a new…

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A drink with… Carol Quinn, Irish Distillers

Carol Quinn, archivist at Jameson producer Irish Distillers, divulges secrets from the whiskey giant’s past and how they are used to build a bold future. *This feature was originally published in the May 2020 issue of The Spirits Business How did you start working in the industry?  I started working with Irish Distillers just over seven years ago. I was the first archivist the company had employed. Not only are you dealing with a fantastic…

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