How spirits producers are surviving in Venezuela

The volatile political and social situation in Venezuela has hit spirits brands. The Spirits Business examines how they are coping with the unrest, and looks at how drinks companies are faring in Latin America as a whole. Venezuela is the reverse tale of rags to riches. Once the wealthiest country in South America, crippling inflation rates and political turmoil have plunged the nation into a downward spiral of chaos and crisis. But how did one…

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Innovation driving rum’s move towards premiumisation

Rum has had a bad rap for failing to keep pace with premiumisation seen in other categories. But producers are proving they have the skills and innovation to make them just as worthy of premium price tags as any other spirit. *This feature was originally published in the March 2019 issue of The Spirits Business While categories such as gin have achieved premium status with apparent ease in recent years, it’s been a long, hard-­fought…

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The week in pictures

New York aperitivo bar Dante kicked off a new series of bar takeovers this week, which will celebrate the vermouth category. The first event in the series saw the bar team from Athens drinking den Odori travel to New York to mix up a host of signature aperitivo cocktails. The series will continue over the next three weeks, with bartenders from Le Sirenuse in Miami, Maybe Frank in Sydney and Kwant in London each appearing…

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Diplomático No. 3 Pot Still Rum set to launch

Venezuelan rum brand Diplomático has completed its Distillery Collection with the third and final release in the series – No. 3 Pot Still Rum. The Diplomático Distillery Collection aims to showcase the different distillation methods used to create the brand’s range of rums. First launched in 2017, the collection comprises No. 1 Batch Kettle Rum and No. 2 Barbet Rum. The latest release, No. 3 Pot Still Rum, is created in the copper pot still that…

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