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The Spirits Business: La Hechicera unveils banana-infused rum

Colombian rum brand La Hechicera has launched a banana-infused expression as the second bottling in its annual Serie Experimental range

The Spirits Business: Vinexpo NY creates webinar series on US market

Trade show Vinexpo New York has launched a series of online seminars to help brands launch in the US

The Spirits Business: ‘Largest’ private whisky collection could fetch $5m

The “world’s largest” private whisky collection to be offered at auction is expected to sell for around US$5 million when it concludes in June 2021

The Spirits Business: Top picks for London Cocktail Week 2020

This year’s London Cocktail Week will take over the entire month of October and will put bars at the heart of the festival. We present some of the highlights of the 2020 event

The Spirits Business: Ming River Baijiu hits the UK

Distributor Hi-Spirits has launched Chinese baijiu brand Ming River in the UK to attract a "new audience of cocktail lovers”

The Spirits Business: Milk & Honey to close for good

Award-winning London bar Milk & Honey will permanently close after 18 years as a direct result of the 10pm hospitality curfew imposed in England

The Spirits Business: Hennessy XO celebrates 150 years with £15,000 decanter

Cognac house Hennessy has partnered with architect Frank Gehry to create 150 limited edition XO decanters, priced at £15,000 (US$19,130), to mark the expression’s 150th anniversary

The Spirits Business: Lyre’s raises £9 million for global growth

Australian alcohol-free drinks brand Lyre’s has secured £9 million (US$11.5m) in funding to accelerate its expansion into new markets

The Spirits Business: Whisky Show reveals 2020 bottlings

The Whisky Exchange has created three single cask bottlings in celebration of its Virtual Whisky Show 2020 next month

The Spirits Business: Pernod encourages people to vote for next president

Absolut owner Pernod Ricard will close its offices and manufacturing sites in the US on 3 November to encourage its employees to vote in the presidential election

The Spirits Business: Quebec distillery investment to triple production

Canada's Distillerie du St Laurent has unveiled a CA$9.5 million (US$7.1m) expansion for its Quebec distillery, which will triple its production capacity

The Spirits Business: Douglas Laing launches 26-year-old Macallan

Independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co has added a 26-year-old Macallan Scotch whisky to its XOP The Black Series

The Spirits Business: A drink with… Carol Quinn, Irish Distillers

Carol Quinn, archivist at Jameson producer Irish Distillers, divulges secrets from the whiskey giant’s past and outlines how they are used to build a bold future

The Spirits Business: Clean Liquor Co raises £7m to expand globally

The Clean Liquor Company has secured a £7 million (US$8.9m) investment to help it become the number one brand in the low- and no-alcohol category

The Spirits Business: Gin Guild threatens legal action against 29% ABV ‘gins’

Trade body The Gin Guild has threatened legal action against the producers of Red Storm and Ocean Storm for “wrongly labelling” the spirits as ‘gin’, despite the products only being 29% ABV

The Spirits Business: Quarter of hospitality businesses think they will fail

Almost a quarter of hospitality firms in the UK believe their businesses will collapse by the end of 2020 without further government support

The Spirits Business: Tobermory debuts 23-year-old Sherry cask-finished whisky

Scotland’s Tobermory Distillery has added a 23-year-old whisky finished in oloroso Sherry casks to its core range

The Spirits Business: Iconic record-breaking whisky auctions

Rare whiskies can fetch a fortune and recent years have seen auction hammers come down on numerous million-pound sales. We recall some of the most memorable record-breaking whiskies that sold on the secondary market

The Spirits Business: Nusa Caña appoints distributor in Asia

Indonesian rum brand Nusa Caña has partnered with Hong Kong-based Milestone Beverages to distribute its products in Asia

The Spirits Business: Old Forester celebrates 150 years with new Bourbon

Brown-Forman will release a new limited edition Old Forester Bourbon in three batches next month to mark the brand’s 150th anniversary

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