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...

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...

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...

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...

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