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Mike Spencer Takes Over GM Role at Paradise Beverages

Mike Spencer Takes Over GM Role at Paradise Beverages

Mike Spencer has been appointed as General Manager of Paradise Beverages, Coca-Cola Amatil’s leading beverage business in the South Pacific. Spencer moved from Head of Operations to Acting General Manager of Paradise Beverages in October 2016, following Tony Scanlan’s departure, and had previously worked for the business when it was owned by Carlton & United Breweries (then known as Fos...

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The History of Rum, Rhum & Ron

The History of Rum, Rhum & Ron

Rum is one of the three great brown spirits, along with brandy and whisky, which accompanied the Renaissance and the age of discovery, while the three original rum-producing empires, England, France and Spain - all had a profound influence on the rum we drink today. The pre-history of rum can be traced back to Papua New Guinea, Australia's northern neighbour. It was here that rum was domesticated over 7,0...

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The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old Now Available

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old Now Available

The Edrington Group’s new distribution partnership with Spirits Platform became effective this week and was marked by the addition of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old to the agreement. The group announced in February that from 1 April it would move its portfolio of whisky brands including The Macallan, Highland Park, The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark from Beam Suntory and Coca-Cola to Spiri...

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How to Host a Whisky Tasting

How to Host a Whisky Tasting

Hosting any kind of tasting in your venue or shop is a great way to educate customers and introduce them to new products. Here, expert Chris Middleton explains how to host a whisky tasting. R oom preparation Tasting events need a neutral environment to focus the attention on the whisky. Start with a quiet, comfortable room with minimal distractions. Set up tables on which the whisky flight can be ...

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Gin Raising Proceeds for Native Plant Conservation

Gin Raising Proceeds for Native Plant Conservation

Distillery Botanica Gin has partnered with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in creating the ‘Rather Royal Gin’, the proceeds of which will go towards the Garden’s conservation programs. Distillery Botanica’s Master Distiller Phillip Moore and the Garden’s Director of Horticulture Jimmy Turner teamed up to select botanicals from the Garden’s iconic landmarks, such as...

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Sponsored: Antipodes Creates Australia's First Organic Espresso Liqueur

Sponsored: Antipodes Creates Australia

Antipodes Gin Co., the company that delivered Australia’s first certified organic gin, has just released two new trailblazing products, continuing with its certified organic and sustainable philosophy. Antipodes has now launched a certified organic vodka and a certified organic espresso liqueur. The decision to expand beyond the flagship gin was carefully considered alongside positive feedback...

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Vermouth: It’s the Drink Everyone Wants Right Now

Vermouth: It’s the Drink Everyone Wants Right Now

Vermouth is that essential cocktail ingredient, underpinning the Martini,  Manhattan  and Negroni, but it is also one that is overlooked at times. Vermouth is much more than just an ingredient in classic cocktails – or any cocktails for that matter, and its re-emergence into Australian drinkers’ repertoire comes at a time when consumers are increasingly interested in  flavours ,...

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South Australian Beverage Company Supports Indigenous Communities and Ingredients

South Australian Beverage Company Supports Indigenous Communities and Ingredients

Two South Australian businesses partnered this week to launch a beverage company that will use, support and  highlight  indigenous ingredients. Something Wild Beverage Company will combine the expertise of Adelaide Hills Distillery’s Sacha La Forgia and Something Wild’s Richard Gunner to promote and protect local botanicals after finding that many were being taken illegally. Sacha has been  practisi...

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Liqueurs: First Rate, But Second Fiddle

Liqueurs: First Rate, But Second Fiddle

Liqueurs, they are stocked in almost every bar and grace cocktail menus year-round, but how often do we, as trade, highlight them in drinks and more importantly, educate customers on how often they’re used and consumed? While they may not be the stars of the show like vodka is to the espresso martini, they are the cast and crew working behind the scenes to make sure it all runs smoothly.  drink...

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Archie Rose Distilling Co. Works with Acclaimed Tattoo Artist on New Gin Range

Archie Rose Distilling Co. Works with Acclaimed Tattoo Artist on New Gin Range

Archie Rose Distilling Company has teamed up with tattoo artist Kian Forreal to launch a new gin. Horisumi Autumn is the first gin of what will soon be a collection of four. “This collaboration is very unique and one which challenges our typical product development process,” says Archie Rose Founder, Will Edwards. “Usually it’s all about the botanicals and production proce...

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