The Brandy Masters 2021 results

With the right approach and a healthy marketing budget, a brandy producer could pitch their products into the minds of a new generation of drinkers. As our latest taste test discovered, the liquid on the market is full of promise – and taste. Brandy found itself embroiled in the US‐EU tariff war last November. The product became the latest in a string of spirits casualties after the World Trade Organization sanctioned the European Union to…

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Top 10 award-winning spirits for spring

As spring hits drinkers north of the equator, we’ve prepared a roundup of the some best bottlings to add to your drinks cabinet this season. Last month, The Spirits Business hosted its second collaborative tasting with sister magazine the drinks business.  The inaugural DB & SB Spring Blind Tasting follows the success of last year’s Autumn Blind Tasting. The spring tasting was held virtually over Zoom due to lockdown restrictions in the UK, with bottles shipped to judges’…

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Top 10 award-winning rums

The rum category has welcomed an abundance of new entrants in recent years as distillers experiment with flavours and botanicals. We present the products that stormed to success in our latest blind tasting. Every year, The Spirits Business hosts its Rum Masters competition, which seeks to award the highest-quality bottlings in the category. The Rum Masters 2021 was held virtually for the first time due to lockdown restrictions in the UK, with bottles shipped to…

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Top 10 award-winning Tequila and mezcals

Consumer interest in agave spirits is surging thanks to the power of celebrity and at-home cocktails. We present the Tequila and mezcals that scored top medals in our latest blind tasting. The Spirits Business held its annual Tequila & Mezcal Masters last month, which was hosted in a virtual format for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The competition was judged over Zoom by Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Business, and Eduardo Gomez, founder…

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The Low & No Masters 2021 results

The low- and no-alcohol sector is one of the drinks industry’s biggest success stories of recent years. With so many new expressions coming on the market, it was time for us to launch the first Low & No Masters. How apt that the first Masters of a new year should be an inaugural competition for The Global Spirits Masters series. The industry has been fixated on the momentum of the low‐ and no‐alcohol sector for…

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