Berry Bros & Rudd: a brand history

From supplying New York’s underworld to dreaming of distilling its own spirits brands, the world’s oldest drinks merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd, has come a long way since it was founded in 1698. *This feature was originally published in the October 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Jack ‘Legs’ Diamond was not exactly your typical Berry Bros customer. Of those who bought their Port and claret from this venerable wine and spirits merchant at No.3…

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Jura: a brand history

While neighbour Islay may have almost a dozen distilleries, Jura only has the one and locals are dependent on its success for their employment. Luckily, the eponymous brand is forging a clear path. *This feature was originally published in the September 2019 issue of The Spirits Business If you mistake Jura whisky’s website for that of the island’s tourist board, Kirsteen Beeston, Whyte & Mackay’s head of international malts, is unfazed. Being responsible for Jura…

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Buffalo Trace: a brand history

One of the oldest continuously operating distilleries in the US, Buffalo Trace has survived Prohibition and the cyclical lows of the whisk(e)y industry. The Spirits Business explores the evolution of this Bourbon pioneer. *This feature was originally published in the August 2019 issue of The Spirits Business “The buffalo is a strong, massive animal. It is not going to be pushed around,” says Buffalo Trace Distillery brand manager Kris Comstock. Given that he stands at…

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Chase Distillery: a brand history

Having started a game-changing company with his Tyrrells crisps brand, William Chase then launched a vodka business, again with potatoes at its heart. Now Chase Distillery is aiming to become the cream of the crop. *This feature was originally published in the July 2019 issue of The Spirits Business The humble spud had never looked so posh as the day William Chase distilled it into a £38 (US$35) vodka on his potato farm in Herefordshire.…

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Maison Ferrand: a brand history

Having taken a chance on an ailing Cognac company, Maison Ferrand’s Alexandre Gabriel has always forged his own path, creating spirits that speak of terroir. The Spirits Business meets “a simple farmer with good timing”. *This feature was originally published in the June 2019 issue of The Spirits Business You would guess that Maison Ferrand’s Alexandre Gabriel is in a subset of one, being a spirits company CEO who knows how to milk a goat…

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