The Gin Masters 2020 results

This year’s Gin Masters blind-tasting competition, which featured almost 200 expressions, showed producers are continuing to fly the flag for the sector, with standout bottlings found in all subcategories. From a new cactus and lime‐flavoured bottling to what is thought to be the world’s first gin made with Grenache grapes, 2020 has seen a swathe of innovation in the gin category. For every whisper of a ‘gin fallout’, it seems there is a fresh take…

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The Scotch Whisky Masters 2020 results

While it will be some time until we see the full effects of last year’s changes to Scotch whisky’s maturation rules, our taste test showed regions’ typical styles are becoming more fluid. Last year saw a monumental move for the Scotch whisky category. The rules governing how Scotland’s native spirit can be made were extended to include a greater variety of casks. It was hoped the decision would give the category more room for innovation…

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Top 10 award-winning Cognacs

Superior quality was in abundance at this year’s Cognac Masters competition. Here, we present 10 acclaimed bottlings from our latest blind-tasting. The Spirits Business held its annual Cognac Masters earlier this year, where an experienced panel of judges recognised the best bottlings in the business. Looking across multiple categories, from VSOP Premium to XO Single Cru and Vintage, a wide range of Cognacs were awarded the top accolades of Master and Gold medals for their quality.…

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The Cognac Masters 2020 results

This year’s taste test showed the region’s producers are making superb quality liquid across the board, from entry-level sips to top-price bottles. The popularity of France’s native spirit continued its upward trajectory in 2019. For the fifth consecutive year, Cognac exports improved on the previous year’s performance in both volume and value terms to reach their highest levels to date, according to the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC). Exports from 1 August 2018 to…

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The Rum Masters 2020 results

For drinkers who are curious about this category, or connoisseurs looking for something exciting, our Rum Masters showed there is real depth of flavour in producers’ offerings. It’s no secret that rum has been slower to premiumise than other spirits categories, but the tables are well and truly turning. Rum’s popularity is on the rise – and consumers can’t get enough. The UK has shown a particular penchant for this diverse category, with sales topping…

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