Can alternative agave spirits go mainstream?

Tequila and mezcal are some of the hottest spirits around right now. But SB finds out if the likes of sotol, raicilla, bacanora and avila could follow in their wake and become equally appealing to drinkers. *This feature was originally published in the July 2020 issue of The Spirits Business. It has taken a lot of work to change people’s perception of Tequila from its shot‐slamming, party persona. Brands have done a stellar job of…

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What’s on this weekend

Whisky Fest in a Box The Whisky Lounge will host its Whisky Festival in a Box this weekend. Running from today (16 October) until Sunday (18 October), the festival will bring together brands and distillers from across the industry for a variety of live-streamed tastings and masterclasses. The festival comprises seven themed tasting sessions, covering Scotch, world, Asian, English, independent and peated whiskies. Distillers set to take part include Kavalan, Nikka, Mackmyra, The Lakes Distillery…

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The Scotch Whisky Masters 2020 results

A second tasting seemed only logical to ensure all Scotch whisky brands could take the chance to be rewarded for their products during the pandemic. Happily, the results prove their efforts were worth it. As the leaves turn crisp and golden across the UK, it’s extraordinary to think back on how much has changed over the past few months. In spring, The Global Spirits Masters trialled its first digital blind tasting with the 2020 Scotch…

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The Luxury Masters 2020 results

The higher the price tag the greater the expectation. But when only the best will suffice, how can consumers be sure they’re spending their money wisely? SB examines what’s on offer at the super-premium-and-above end of the market. Quality over quantity is undeniably a trend that has captivated spirits fans around the world. After years of the industry encouraging drinkers worldwide to drink less, but better, it seems the message has finally taken hold. Recent…

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The DB & SB Autumn Blind Tasting 2020 results

Prepare yourself a Hot Toddy and make yourself comfortable because we have teamed up with our sister magazine the drinks business to find out which tipples should be in your drinks cabinet this autumn. Here, we present the results from our inaugural competition. The UK was plunged into brisk mornings and shorter evenings last month, following a final wave of summer warmth. While those living in the southern hemisphere will be skipping into spring, those…

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