The trends shaping the vodka category

Authenticity, provenance and natural ingredients are pushing vodka back into the spotlight. And the big players are responding to changing consumer tastes with flavour innovations and lower-ABV offerings. *This feature was originally published in the April 2020 issue of The Spirits Business Once upon a time, vodka was all about smoothness and neutrality, dressed in a gorgeous bottle. Then came the wacky flavours, swiftly followed by their widespread withdrawal. And while gin took the limelight,…

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Top 10 award-winning world whiskies

Countries such as Australia, India and Taiwan are shining a spotlight on the world whisky category with producers offering high-quality and innovative bottlings. We present the products that grabbed the top accolades from our latest blind-tasting. The Spirits Business held its annual World Whisky Masters last month. The competition was held in a new format due to Covid-19 with the judges tasting the expressions in their own homes to maintain physical distancing. As with a number of our…

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The World Whisky Masters 2020 results

Many of the producers and countries in this year’s competition confirmed newer whisky-producing regions have made leaps and bounds in recent years when it comes to their liquid. While more established whisky categories, such as Scotch, continue to pique consumer interest globally, producers from less‐developed whisky‐making regions are also attracting attention. Japan’s craftsmanship is a worldwide phenomenon that has left producers playing catch‐up as demand for their products continues to soar. Hop over to Australia…

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The American Whiskey Masters 2020 results

The sheer breadth of whiskey production in the US means there is bound to be something to suit every taste. But what is the quality like? In our annual blind tasting SB sorts out the wheat from the chaff. The past year has not been an easy one for the American whiskey category. US trade wars with regions including Canada, Europe and China have put the country’s native spirit in the firing line of raging…

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The Irish Whiskey Masters 2020 results

Enjoying a massive resurgence in popularity, Irish whiskey is loved around the world and with new distilleries set to release their goods, the sheer range of offerings will grow. SB examines what fans should be thrilled about right now. Ireland’s reputation for whiskey‐making is celebrated around the world. Comprising just a handful of distilleries in 2010, the category expanded vastly over the past decade to reach 32 operational sites by December 2019, according to trade…

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