The big interview: Cara Laing

As director of whisky and part of the third generation of family-owned Douglas Laing & Co, Cara Laing has a close affinity with the brand. She tells us about how the pursuit of a career in vodka led her home to whisky and plans for Strathearn Distillery. “I was given my first Port Ellen in a Hot Toddy aged about nine, and I thought it was the most disgusting stuff, and I didn’t really understand…

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A drink with… Ana Maria Romero, Mijenta

The maestra tequilera of Mijenta Tequila tells us about changing the category’s image, and the importance of sustainability. What inspired you to make Mijenta? I was thinking about the lands, the people, the jimadors and the agave. But I also thought about the people that were tasting it and enjoying it. We really wanted it to have the local characteristics of the region. Things like the red clay soil, the agave, all these aspects really…

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Top 10 spirits launches in February 2021

A lower-ABV range from Grey Goose vodka, an alcohol-free Tanqueray and a new rum brand from Moët Hennessy made our pick of unmissable new spirits launched last month. February 2021 brought new product innovations from producers such as Diageo, Bacardi, Moët Hennessy and La Martiniquaise-Bardinet. Tapping into the trend for low-and-no alcohol was Diageo, which unveiled new expressions for Tanqueray gin and Baileys liqueur, while Bacardi unveiled a 30% ABV Grey Goose line. English gin…

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What’s on this weekend

Sunset DJ Sessions Hard seltzer brand Bodega Bay will kick off a new series of monthly online DJ sets tonight (26 February). The hard seltzer maker has partnered with Vibesolate FM radio to host the Sunset DJ Sessions on the last Friday of every month. The series kicks off tonight at 6pm GMT to “bring the Friday feeling straight to listeners’ homes”. Tonight’s session will include sets from tech-house DJ and producer DJ Samira, up…

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Tiffanie Barriere on fighting for diversity

Having turned an airport bar and restaurant into a destination venue, Tiffanie Barriere went freelance to focus on education, won a major TOTC award, and is fighting for recognition for marginalised communities. *This feature was originally published in the November 2020 issue of The Spirits Business During her seven and a half years at the helm of successful bar and restaurant One Flew South at Hartsfield‐Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Tiffanie Barriere helped to garner an…

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