SB’s best-performing spirits companies of 2020

In 2020 we awarded more than 1,000 medals in our Global Spirits Masters blind-tasting competition series. The company in each category with the highest medal tally was crowned Grand Master. Here, we celebrate the winners. The spirits industry’s commitment to quality was unwavering in 2020. The high standard the trade holds itself to was evident throughout last year’s Global Spirits Masters blind‐tasting series. The Covid‐19 pandemic meant change was inevitable, but the power of digital…

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The trends driving the US spirits market

The spirits category in the US is in flux, with Tequila and mezcal on the rise, low-ABV drinks and hard seltzers coming to the fore, and the industry as a whole fighting to weather the Covid-19 storm. *This feature was originally published in the August 2020 issue of The Spirits Business As one of the biggest markets for spirits in the world, it comes as no surprise that producers pay a lot of attention to…

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Midleton Very Rare 2020 is Nation’s final whiskey

Irish Distillers has revealed the 2020 edition in its Midleton Very Rare whiskey collection, the last expression created by former master distiller Brian Nation. Midleton Very Rare 2020 is the 37th edition in the annual range. Nation hand selected the whiskeys for the 2020 edition during his final days as master distiller. In June 2020, Nation left Irish Distillers after 23 years to become the new master distiller for US startup O’Shaughnessy Distilling Company, which…

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A drink with… Carol Quinn, Irish Distillers

Carol Quinn, archivist at Jameson producer Irish Distillers, divulges secrets from the whiskey giant’s past and how they are used to build a bold future. *This feature was originally published in the May 2020 issue of The Spirits Business How did you start working in the industry?  I started working with Irish Distillers just over seven years ago. I was the first archivist the company had employed. Not only are you dealing with a fantastic…

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Jameson launches stout barrel-finished whiskey

Irish Distillers teamed up with Eight Degrees Brewing to create a stout barrel-finished expression of Jameson Crested Irish whiskey. The original no-age-statement Jameson Crested was launched in 2016 and is made from a blend of pot still and grain whiskeys. Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels follows Eight Degrees Brewing’s Jameson barrel-finished release last year, Black Ball Metric Stout. Fewer than 10,000 bottles of Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout…

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