Top 10 spirits launches in July 2020

From Buckingham Palace’s own gin to rare whiskies for Johnnie Walker’s 200th birthday, there were a number of exciting new products for spirits fans last month. July was a busy period for spirits producers with a number of new products that tapped into the latest trends, as well as innovative cask finishes and commemorative bottlings. For Johnnie Walker’s 200th anniversary this year, the brand unveiled four new expressions, while Brewdog Distilling joined the hard seltzer…

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Teeling bottles 37-year-old single malt

Dublin-based Teeling has released the oldest whiskey in its limited release Vintage Reserve Collection – Teeling 37 Years Old Irish Single Malt. Only 175 bottles of the 37-year-old whiskey have been created, following previous launches of a 30-year-old and 33-year-old as part of the collection. The latest release was distilled in 1983 and matured exclusively in an ex-Bourbon cask for 37 years. It has been hand-bottled at 41.3% ABV and priced at RRP €7,000 (US$8,290)…

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Third-party spirits need more transparency

Sourcing product from a third-party distiller is a big, and somewhat hidden, part of the spirits industry. The Spirits Business investigates calls for greater transparency. *This feature was originally published in the March 2020 issue of The Spirits Business magazine.  Thames Distillers has helped power the great British gin boom since the evolution began. CEO Charles Maxwell has supplied countless brands with neutral grain spirit, as well as tailor-made gins requiring just a label and…

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The brands investing in the long-term health of their distilleries

Distilleries are the lifeblood of the spirits industry and investing in their future is crucial for brands’ growth and longevity. The Spirits Business speaks to insiders to find out where money is being well spent. *This feature was originally published in the January 2020 issue of The Spirits Business Last August, when Pernod Ricard announced the location of its latest malt whisky distillery, it raised eyebrows. It probably left one or two diehard Scotch drinkers…

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Jameson and Teeling close visitor centres over coronavirus

A number of Irish whiskey distilleries, including Jameson and Teeling, have closed their sites to visitors temporarily to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. In the Republic of Ireland, there have been 70 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and one death. St Patrick’s Day (17 March) parades across the island of Ireland have been cancelled as a result. The US parade has also been postponed. Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar has closed all schools, colleges and…

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