Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the adventures that inspired his rum

From frontline battles in Oman to parachuting onto Norwegian glaciers, intrepid explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is a man well travelled. Now, he’s partnered with UK distiller English Spirit to channel some of his most memorable moments into his own rum. SB discovers more about his storied past. *This feature was originally published in the February 2020 issue of The Spirits Business White. Pure, brilliant white. Can you imagine it? Nothing but a snow‐ covered wilderness…

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Jim Beveridge: ‘Today’s practice becomes tomorrow’s tradition’

Dr Jim Beveridge oversees liquid quality and innovation at world’s largest Scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, which turns 200 this year. He recently received an OBE for his pioneering work, but his desire to experiment with endless flavour combinations is undiminished. *This feature was originally published in the January 2020 issue of The Spirits Business The skill of a great whisky blender lies in their ability to combine science and art. Blending requires advanced technical…

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Bharath on his plans to expand the Angostura portfolio

While it may be world-famous for its bitters, Trinidad and Tobago’s Angostura is a powerhouse of rum. And the company has plans to bring further interesting expressions to the market, as non-executive chairman Terrence Bharath tells The Spirits Business. *This feature was originally published in the November 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Climate change has never loomed so large in the public eye – and arguably, nobody in the spirits world is more aware…

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Alexandre Ricard: 2019 ‘transformative’ year for Pernod

Alexandre Ricard, the CEO of French giant Pernod Ricard, is steering his company through turbulent times, facing debilitating tariffs, investor pressure and, most recently, headline-grabbing allegations of impropriety. But, he tells The Spirits Business, retreating to the watchtower is not an option: now’s the time for action. In Alexandre Ricard’s words, 2019 has been a “transformative” year for Pernod Ricard. The French drinks giant has made a remarkable number of acquisitions, started construction of a…

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Whisky Exchange’s Singh brothers on 20 years of success

As groundbreaking company The Whisky Exchange celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the indefatigable founders Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh tell The Spirits Business about their past – and their future. *This feature was originally published in the October 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Since its inception, The Whisky Exchange was always going to be a family affair – but its creation was never intentional. “It was never the plan. Completely accidental,” says Sukhinder Singh,…

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