Tales of the Cocktail postponed until September

The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has postponed its annual conference and further announcements regarding this year’s Spirited Awards until September 2020. The conference will take place in a digital format from Monday 21 September to Thursday 24 September. Tales of the Cocktail said in an update: “While we continue to navigate the challenges presented to our industry during this global pandemic, we are also aware of the unique circumstances impacting the communities we serve.…

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What’s on this weekend

From quizzes to cocktail masterclasses, the drinks industry isn’t letting self-isolation stand in the way of its ability to have a good time. Here, we round up this weekend’s online events that are not to be missed. As bartenders and patrons are forced indoors as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, socialising has moved online. But, for those tired of video calls the drinks industry is here to brighten your week. From virtual whisky…

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Tomatin plans virtual whisky festival

Highland distillery Tomatin will host a virtual whisky festival this week after events around the world were forced to cancel due to the spread of covid-19. The first Lockdown Whisky Festival will take place on Saturday 4 April and will be hosted by whisky influencer Aqvavitae. As part of the event, brand ambassadors from across the sector will showcase a range of whiskies. Brands set to appear in the live-streamed festival include Adelphi, Arran, BenRiach,…

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Coronavirus lockdowns force whisky festival cancellations

Norway’s Trondheim Whisky Festival and Canada’s Wonderful World of Whisky Show have been cancelled amid growing restrictions on public gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak. Whisky festivals around the world have been forced to cancel or postpone as a result of the disease, which has also brought about the closure of distilleries in Scotland, the US and Mexico, as well as pubs and bars in Ireland. Norway’s Trondheim Whisky Festival was due to take place on…

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The week in pictures

American whiskey brand Bulleit Bourbon headed to this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica this week. The awards, now in its 35th year, recognised the best from across 2019’s independent film releases, and this year’s winners included Korean film Parasite, Uncut Gems star Adam Sandler and The Lighthouse actor Willem Dafoe. During the awards ceremony, Bulleit Bourbon hosted its 3D Printed Frontier Experience, which served up 3D-printed cocktails and showcased Bulleit Neon in…

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