Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 winners

Whisky expert Jim Murray has once again given the title of ‘world’s best whisky’ to a Bourbon in his new Whisky Bible 2020. Here are the expressions that have secured the highly coveted top spots. Every year, Murray releases his annual Whisky Bible, which names the best whiskies across every category from Irish and Japanese to single malt Scotch and European. For the 2020 edition, all three of the top accolades were given to American…

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The week in pictures

Soon-to-open cocktail bar Cahoots Ticket Hall and Control Room has named Hattie Bee its honorary owner following an online competition. The London bar, which opens in November, will welcome Bee to the team for its opening week, where she will sample cocktails for its menu, attend a drinks-making masterclass, host a private party and take home the bar’s takings from its opening week. Bee said: “I was beyond excited when I saw the position advertised,…

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Beam CEO: ‘Big ambitions’ for House of Suntory

Albert Baladi is in the driving seat as Beam Suntory’s new president and CEO. He tells The Spirits Business about his ambitions to position Bourbon as the world’s foremost whisk(e)y and make his company the ‘most admired’ in the industry. *This feature was originally published in the August 2019 issue of The Spirits Business In 1795, three years after Kentucky became a US state, farmer and grain mill operator Jacob Beam filled his first barrel…

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SB visits: the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man’s Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture hosted its annual food and drink festival last month and SB was invited along to find out more about the island’s producers. In less than an hour, you can flee the hustle and bustle of London and fly into a place that could be considered the capital’s opposite – the Isle of Man. With a population the size of English city Lincoln, just 87,000 people,…

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Analysis: The impact of Diageo’s first steps into Cuban rum

With Diageo now tied into a joint venture with government-controlled Corporación Cuba Ron to distribute Santiago de Cuba rum, what will this mean for rival Pernod Ricard and the rest of the rum category? It’s been 26 years since state‐run Corporación Cuba Ron entered into a joint venture with French firm Pernod Ricard to distribute the Havana Club rum brand internationally. The group controls the brand in all international markets apart from the US, where…

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