SB Meets… Bhagath Reddy, Comte de Grasse

French distillery Comte de Grasse took inspiration from the region’s perfume industry when creating its inaugural gin – Comte de Grasse 44°N. SB caught up with founder and CEO Bhagath Reddy to discuss botanicals, ‘peak gin’ and moving into brown spirits. What inspired you to make Comte de Grasse 44°N Gin?  I grew up in Bangalore, in a family that shared a deep passion for fine spirits. After years of research and planning I decided…

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SB Meets… Shinji Fukuyo, House of Suntory

The legendary master blender behind some of the world’s most coveted Japanese whiskies – including Yamazaki, Hibiki and Hakushu – tells SB about overcoming challenges while perfecting his craft. How did you first get into the whisky industry? Actually, after graduating from university I joined the Suntory HR department. They told me you should go to Hakushu distillery in 1984, and since then basically I have always worked in whisky production. At the distillery, I…

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SB Meets… Christophe Prat, Pernod Ricard House of Tequila

The Pernod Ricard House of Tequila CEO discusses the challenges faced by the industry, changing perceptions of Tequila and creating a home for Altos. What was your first job in spirits? I started out as a brand ambassador with Jose Cuervo. After that I moved onto the marketing teams on different brands, working with Diageo, William Grant & Sons and now with Pernod Ricard. What drew you to work at Pernod Ricard? I think what…

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SB Meets… Jim Meehan, PDT

Jim Meehan, the founder of acclaimed New York bar Please Don’t Tell, on moving from medicine to bartending, the revival of rum and transparency in the industry. How did you first get involved in the drinks industry? In 1995, a friend of mine helped me secure a job as a doorman at a college tavern called State Street Brats. It opened in the 1950s and is still there today. I worked my way up from…

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