Portobello Road launches whisky blending masterclass

The team behind Portobello Road Gin’s Ginstitute experience have launched a three-hour whisky tasting and blending experience at the brand’s London home. The Whisky Thing, developed by the team behind Portobello Road Gin and The Agave Sessions, aims to offer a “fresh new take” on the category and introduce it to new drinkers. During the three-hour experience, guests will undertake a comprehensive tasting of international whiskies to help them better understand different characteristics, aromas and…

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Top 10 spirits launches in July 2019

While the no- and low-alcohol category dominates our latest list of new releases, July also saw exciting whisky launches from Diageo and a liqueur range created by bartender Marian Beke. Last month, a number of brands, including Don Julio and St Rémy, furthered their experimentation with cask finishes, while a new whisky aimed at mixing was released by Halewood Wines & Spirits. July also saw gin brands Portobello Road and Hayman’s enter the low-abv market,…

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Tonic boom: Producers look beyond gin

As the popularity of gin has exploded in recent years, so has the success of its ubiquitous partner – tonic water. But, as SB discovers, progressive mixers are now looking to branch out. *This feature was originally published in the September 2018 issue of The Spirits Business Tonic water will forever be synonymous with gin. But as some of Europe’s biggest premium producers eye growth opportunities, are ties to the juniper­-based spirit limiting their ambitions?…

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