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Spotlight Q&A: History and Heritage

Recently I spoke to Mike Keyes, the North American Region president at Brown-Forman who’s been with the company for 24 years. We talked about Brown-Forman’s tradition of whiskey-making, its recent infrastructure investments and what...

Trip Report: Visiting Serralles in Ponce

Earlier this year, I traveled to Puerto Rico to meet with sixth-generation rum maker Roberto Serrallés, vice president of business development at Destilería Serrallés. We met at the company’s rum distillery in Ponce, located...

Brandy and Cognac: Steady As They Grow

While much of talk lately in the spirit business has been about the surge of whiskey sales in the US, the other brown spirit — brandy and Cognac — has managed to rebound quite...

Crossing the Pacific

What do consumers know, or think they know, about imported Japanese products? According to a number of sake and Japanese whisky experts, misconceptions about the category are plentiful and confusion is rampant. Since retailers are...

Cask Conditioned

Irish whiskey is still high-proof strong after so many years of double-digit growth. More than riding on the coattails of American’s infatuation with whiskey, Irish is enlarging the demographic, bringing new consumers into the...

Canada on the Cusp

Canadian whisky may not get as much respect as its Irish, Scottish and American counterparts these days, but if whisky-buying was “American Idol,” Canadian would definitely be competing in the finals. After all, the entire...

Collingwood 21 Year Old Rye named ‘Canadian Whisky of the Year’

A jury of nine independent whisky experts named Collingwood 21 Year Old Rye the “Canadian Whisky of the Year” at the 5th annual Canadian Whisky Awards. The awards, held Thursday, Jan. 15th at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria,...

Celebrities toast Sundance films with Grey Goose

Grey Goose Vodka continued to host film talent and industry vets in its Blue Door Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Day three of the Blue Door Lounge included celebratory cocktail receptions for...

Eddie Russell Promoted to Wild Turkey Master Distiller

Wild Turkey has promoted long-time employee Eddie Russell to head bourbon distiller. Eddie will work alongside his distillery mentor, and father, Jimmy, a fellow master distiller who has worked at Wild Turkey for 60 years. Eddie is his family's...

Van Gogh Imports Changes Name, Will Integrate With Sazerac Co.

Effective immediately, Van Gogh Imports has taken the new name 375 Park Avenue Spirits. Moreover, the company is on track to become fully integrated within the Sazerac Company. “As 2015 unfolds, we will be adding a select number of...

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