Can alternative agave spirits go mainstream?

Tequila and mezcal are some of the hottest spirits around right now. But SB finds out if the likes of sotol, raicilla, bacanora and avila could follow in their wake and become equally appealing to drinkers. *This feature was originally published in the July 2020 issue of The Spirits Business. It has taken a lot of work to change people’s perception of Tequila from its shot‐slamming, party persona. Brands have done a stellar job of…

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What’s on this weekend

Whisky Fest in a Box The Whisky Lounge will host its Whisky Festival in a Box this weekend. Running from today (16 October) until Sunday (18 October), the festival will bring together brands and distillers from across the industry for a variety of live-streamed tastings and masterclasses. The festival comprises seven themed tasting sessions, covering Scotch, world, Asian, English, independent and peated whiskies. Distillers set to take part include Kavalan, Nikka, Mackmyra, The Lakes Distillery…

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The big players investing in super-premium-plus gin

Gin startups have been one of the spirits industry’s recent success stories, but many are now being targeted for acquisition by the big players. SB finds out why these buyouts could be a good move for both parties. *This feature was originally published in the July 2020 issue of The Spirits Business A number of leading firms have turned heads with acquisition activity in the gin category over the past few years, most notably splashing…

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Monica Berg: Bars ‘black sheep’ of industry

The hospitality industry has been badly hit by the effects of Covid-19, as four leading bar owners attested in the second online World Whisky Talk. SB listened in to gauge the future of the sector. As one of the sectors hit hardest by Covid‐19, hospitality has suffered from lockdowns and strict operational restrictions. The year 2020 will go down as one of the toughest for any bar owner or bartender, as they navigate the twists…

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The Scotch Whisky Masters 2020 results

A second tasting seemed only logical to ensure all Scotch whisky brands could take the chance to be rewarded for their products during the pandemic. Happily, the results prove their efforts were worth it. As the leaves turn crisp and golden across the UK, it’s extraordinary to think back on how much has changed over the past few months. In spring, The Global Spirits Masters trialled its first digital blind tasting with the 2020 Scotch…

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