Arbikie: a brand history

The Stirling brothers have turned their vision of a sustainable field-to-bottle distillery into a thriving reality. The Spirits Business reports on Arbikie’s progress to date. *This feature was originally published in the April 2020 issue of The Spirits Business Picture the opening scene of ‘Arbikie’ the movie. Three brothers staring out at rain‐soaked fields of wheat, barley and potatoes on the family farm. The crops are starting to rot, the mood is one of despair,…

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Linie: a brand history

Thanks to Linie aquavit, Norway’s national spirit is starting to make waves overseas in bars from Boston to Berlin. The Spirits Business recounts the brand’s fascinating history. *This feature was originally published in the March 2020 issue of The Spirits Business ‘Some journeys change you forever’. The strapline for Linie aquavit is particularly apt given the origins of this famous Norwegian brand. Romain Jourdan, category manager, international premium spirits at owner Arcus, takes up the…

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Kavalan: a brand history

Taiwan’s leading distiller, Kavalan, has been a pioneer in world whisky. Now, it is planning on scaling up its ambitions and reach. *This feature was originally published in the February 2020 issue of The Spirits Business Nestled in the lush green surroundings of northeast Taiwan is a distillery that has been making major inroads into the global whisky scene. Since it opened 15 years ago, Kavalan has become the darling of international tasting competitions, shaping…

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Frapin: a brand history

Cognac Frapin can trace its roots in the region to 1270 and this year celebrates its 750th anniversary still in family hands. *This feature was originally published in the January 2020 issue of The Spirits Business When asked what makes Cognac Frapin special, export director Bertrand Verduzier homes in on the family behind the brand, now in its 21st generation, and its vineyards in Cognac’s top region of Grande Champagne. “There is a very special…

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Glenfarclas: a brand history

Glenfarclas has always done things its own way. While rivals have been snapped up over the years, the Speyside distillery believes that being independent and family-owned is why it is still going strong. *This feature was originally published in the December 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Surrounded by open farmland beneath the barren, hump‐backed slopes of Ben Rinnes in Speyside, Glenfarclas can seem like a lonesome place to make whisky. But for its large…

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