Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2019: 40-31

The “world’s first” gin made with Pinot Noir grapes, a basil-infused limoncello and an American-Canadian hybrid whisky dominate the second chapter of our most innovative spirits launches list. In 2019, a number of producers unveiled innovative line extensions including Scotch brand Glenfiddich with its Grand Cru whisky, and Sweden’s Mackmyra Distillery, which created a single malt finished in ex-Calvados casks. A series of firsts saw the launch of the UK’s “first” hemp-infused gin, while English winemaker…

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Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2019: 50-41

A herbal liqueur infused with cold brew coffee, a CBD-infused spirits range and the UK’s “first” range of zero-ABV bottled cocktails all feature in the first instalment of our top 50 most innovative spirits launches of last year. Last year saw a host of exciting launches from pioneering spirits companies that took innovation to the next level. From a Swedish single malt whisky aged in rum casks to a herbal liqueur infused with cold brew coffee, spirits…

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Most exciting bar openings of 2019

From Europe to the Americas and as far afield as Asia, a swathe of bar openings have made a memorable impact on the industry over the last 12 months. SB rounds up its favourite new haunts to grace the on-trade. Last year saw a number of exciting new bars open their doors across the world in cities such as London, New York and Singapore. Among the venues that made our list were an agave spirits-focused…

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Not-to-be-missed spirits events in 2020

Calendars at the ready because there’s a jam-packed itinerary of unmissable spirits events already lined up for 2020. These are the ones worth noting. The start of the year is the time that those in the spirits industry open their new diaries and mark the dates of some of the top trade shows and festivals to attend over the next 12 months. From the world’s largest cocktail festival in New Orleans to a new wine…

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The Spirits Business Awards 2019 winners

In its inaugural year, The Spirits Business Awards shone a light on best practice in retailing, distribution, tourism, product development and sustainability – and bestowed a very special Lifetime Achievement Award. Launched in 2019, the goal of The Spirits Business Awards was to champion the workforce of the spirits industry: the people and businesses essential to the success of brands consumers know and love so well. The new awards series, which was open to international…

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