SB meets… Andy Gascoigne, Haworth Steam

The former rugby league player turned publican discusses his career off the pitch, opening his first venue and the creation of his sweet shop-inspired gins. Where did your interest in the drinks industry come from? I used to be a professional sportsman, playing rugby league, but at the end of my career I didn’t know what to do. I had a beautiful house in the foothills of the Pennines and my wife Mandy and I…

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Unmissable events at Tales of the Cocktail 2020

While Covid-19 may have scuppered plans to host Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, a full-to-the-brim schedule of online events awaits. Here, we highlight the seminars and masterclasses not to be missed. From feeling the New Orleans sun kissing your skin and sipping ice‐cold cocktails to bumping shoulders with the great and good of the spirits world – not to mention the hundreds of immersive seminars, tastings and tours – there are dozens of…

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Cognac’s quest to communicate provenance

The producers of Cognac are happy to stress the provenance of their blends and single vintages as a way of attracting discerning consumers. But are they effectively getting their message across to customers? The Spirits Business investigates. *This feature was originally published in the May 2020 issue of The Spirits Business Where a product comes from and how it is made is arguably more important today than ever before. In theory, Cognac is perfectly placed…

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The Travel Retail Masters 2020 results

In our annual tasting the judges were filled with wonderment at what can be discovered in global travel retail. These were the products that scored the top medals. The regular hustle and bustle of airports may be absent at present, but there is still a treasure trove of top‐quality spirits to be discovered in duty free. From limited edition bottlings to experimental endeavours, producers continue to appreciate the huge opportunities this niche sector presents. To…

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Top 10 award-winning vodkas

Vodka is back in the spotlight as producers create high-quality bottlings and flavourful expressions. We present some of the products that scored the top medals in our latest blind tasting. The Spirits Business held its annual Vodka 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 competitions this year, Wine Sorted packed…

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