Tullamore Dew: a brand history

Irish whiskey brand Tullamore Dew has a long history and thanks to shrewd marketing, it has become hugely successful on home turf and outside of Ireland. *This feature was originally published in the May 2020 issue of The Spirits Business magazine.  “We’re right in the heart of Ireland, geographically and emotionally ­– as I say in my more poetic moments,” says Tullamore Dew’s global brand ambassador, John Quinn. The original distillery in the centre of…

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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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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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