The week in pictures

A British team of four rowers has been crowned the winner of this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge after travelling 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in 32 days, 12 hour and 35 minutes. Fortitude IV, which was made up of teammates Ollie Palmer, Tom Foley, Hugh Gillum and Max Breet, rowed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua, where they crossed the finish line on 13 January. The remaining teams…

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The producers reinventing brandy’s image

It may have been saddled with a fusty image for years, but thanks to a new generation of producers and bartenders who are championing it as an exciting cocktail ingredient, brandy might finally start to become hip. *This feature was originally published in the October 2019 issue of The Spirits Business The word ‘brandy’ comes with certain baggage. Still largely under‐premiumised and overshadowed by its Cognac sub‐category, the spirit has long struggled with a problem…

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Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2019: 40-31

The “world’s first” gin made with Pinot Noir grapes, a basil-infused limoncello and an American-Canadian hybrid whisky dominate the second chapter of our most innovative spirits launches list. In 2019, a number of producers unveiled innovative line extensions including Scotch brand Glenfiddich with its Grand Cru whisky, and Sweden’s Mackmyra Distillery, which created a single malt finished in ex-Calvados casks. A series of firsts saw the launch of the UK’s “first” hemp-infused gin, while English winemaker…

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Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2019: 50-41

A herbal liqueur infused with cold brew coffee, a CBD-infused spirits range and the UK’s “first” range of zero-ABV bottled cocktails all feature in the first instalment of our top 50 most innovative spirits launches of last year. Last year saw a host of exciting launches from pioneering spirits companies that took innovation to the next level. From a Swedish single malt whisky aged in rum casks to a herbal liqueur infused with cold brew coffee, spirits…

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Most exciting bar openings of 2019

From Europe to the Americas and as far afield as Asia, a swathe of bar openings have made a memorable impact on the industry over the last 12 months. SB rounds up its favourite new haunts to grace the on-trade. Last year saw a number of exciting new bars open their doors across the world in cities such as London, New York and Singapore. Among the venues that made our list were an agave spirits-focused…

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