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The Spirits Business: Jim Beam launches educational programme for distillers

Bourbon brand Jim Beam has donated US$5 million to the University of Kentucky to create an educational programme for distillers, called the James B Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits

The Spirits Business: Absolut Grapefruit launches in travel retail

Pernod Ricard has introduced the grapefruit-flavoured iteration of its Absolut vodka brand into global travel retail

The Spirits Business: Artesian unveils minimalist cocktail menu

Award-winning bar Artesian at The Langham hotel, London, has launched a new minimalist cocktail menu that combines just two ingredients per drink

The Spirits Business: Bushmills gets green light for distillery expansion

Irish whiskey distillery Bushmills has been granted planning permission to build a second facility at its existing site in County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The Spirits Business: Writers’ Tears debuts Marsala cask-finished Irish whiskey

Ireland’s Walsh Whiskey Distillery has extended its Writers’ Tears range with the launch of a limited edition Irish whiskey finished in Marsala wine hogshead casks

The Spirits Business: Diageo and Yanghe baijiu owner launch new ‘whisky’

Johnnie Walker owner Diageo has developed a “new-to-world whisky" as part of a new joint venture with Chinese baijiu producer Jiangsu Yanghe Distillery

The Spirits Business: Seagram heiress admits guilt in Nxivm ‘sex cult’

Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram drinks fortune, has pleaded guilty to her role in the alleged sex cult Nxivm

The Spirits Business: Tamdhu distillery manager picks single cask whisky

Sandy McIntyre, distillery manager for Tamdhu, has chosen to bottle a 2003 first-fill American oak oloroso Sherry butt for his Tamdhu Distillery Manager’s Single Cask vintage

The Spirits Business: Top five bars in… Bristol, UK

With a glowing reputation for top quality restaurants, Bristol is now creeping up the ranks of the best UK cities for drinking

The Spirits Business: Cointreau launches $250 Margarita tote bag

Orange liqueur Cointreau has collaborated with Poolside Bags to launch a limited edition ‘Let’s Margarita’ tote that also serves as a Margarita kit, priced at RRP US$250

The Spirits Business: Sammy Hagar and Guy Fieri to launch Tequila

Former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar has teamed up with chef Guy Fieri to create Santo Fino Blanco Tequila

The Spirits Business: Glenfiddich loses Glenfield trademark dispute

The world’s biggest selling single malt Scotch whisky, Glenfiddich, has lost a trademark battle with an Indian company accused of copying its brand

The Spirits Business: US mezcal consumption climbs 32% in 2018

Consumption of mezcal in the US grew by 32.4% in 2018 – the largest gain across all spirit categories, according to new data

The Spirits Business: Pernod Ricard sales boosted by Jameson

Pernod Ricard’s 2018/19 nine-month sales climbed 6.3% to €7.18 billion (US$8.07bn) driven by Martell Cognac and Jameson Irish whiskey

The Spirits Business: First Hebridean Whisky Festival set to launch

Scotch fans will have another festival to choose from this summer as the first Hebridean Whisky Festival prepares to launch across the islands of Skye, Raasay and Harris

The Spirits Business: Lee Applbaum on breathing new life into Grey Goose

As Grey Goose embarks on an exciting new chapter, The Spirits Business speaks to its marketing head, Lee Applbaum, about the need to revitalise super-premium vodka

The Spirits Business: Havana Club launches Daiquiri Days campaign

Pernod Ricard has partnered with independent creative agency Impero to launch a new multi-market campaign for its Havana Club brand, focusing on its Frozen Daiquiri signature serve

The Spirits Business: Tovaritch! vodka celebrates medal haul

Russian vodka brand Tovaritch! is celebrating after winning a number of medals in blind tasting competitions this year, bringing its total medal count to 116

The Spirits Business: George Roe 1890s Irish whiskey to lead auction

A rare bottle of George Roe Irish whiskey from the 1890s will go under the hammer at auction next month and is expected to sell for between €6,000 and €12,000 (US$6,785-US$13,561)

The Spirits Business: Spirits to avoid for squeamish drinkers

Beaver secretion, scorpions and elephant dung are just some of the outlandish ingredients used in spirits. We take a look at the brands that have taken bold moves when it comes to selecting weird substances for production

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