Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2019: 30-21

Intriguing maturation techniques dominate the third instalment of our most innovative spirits list, with everything from a Scotch barrel-finished Tequila and a Champagne cask-aged gin to a trio of experimental brandies making the final cut. Producers continued to push the boundaries of maturation in 2019 and brought out a swathe of new launches, including a brandy finished in orange curaçao barrels and a rye whisky finished in umeshu barrels. Meanwhile, Glen Moray Scotch whisky aimed…

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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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Top 50 innovative new spirits of 2018: 10-1

As we reach the end of our world’s most innovative new spirits list, we highlight a rum range aimed at bartenders, a 51-year-old Scotch whisky and a Cognac designed specifically to be paired with coffee. But which product snatched the top spot? After much deliberation and debate, we whittled our shortlist down to celebrate 10 spirits that we believe to be the most experimental, creative and downright interesting of 2018. A number of brands stole the spotlight with interesting…

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Top 50 innovative new spirits of 2018: 20-11

A peated whisky finished in rum casks, the “first” Bourbon rested in small batch coffee beans and a bartender-made brandy are included in the fourth instalment of our most innovative new spirits list. As we draw ever closer to the final 10 in our count-down of the most experimental spirits to hit the market last year, we reveal a number of brands that are innovating their respective categories, including a Bourbon barrel-finished bitter and a vodka made…

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