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Glen Grant's New Aged Range Wins Multiple Awards

Glen Grant

Glen Grant 18 Year Old is the oldest vintage in the range and was named 'Scotch Whiskey of the Year' by Jim Murray in the 2017 edition of the Whiskey Bible. The Speyside malt was one of 1, 241 whiskeys tasted by Jim, and was said to be “the best new offering from the motherland in a few years.” For the fifth year in a row, Jim Murray also named Glen Grant 10 Year Old the winner of the 10 Years and Under (...

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Jameson's New Whiskey Series out of the Woods

Jameson

Fifth generation Master Cooper for Jameson Irish Whiskey, Ger Buckley, concluded his tour of Australia this week, visiting trade to introduce several new releases from the distillery that highlight the special influence of wood in the whiskey. Jameson Black Barrel (RRP $70.99) and The Whiskey Maker's Series are now available to the on- and off-premise in Australia and include Ger's own signature whiskey, ...

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Jono Carr Wins Woodford Reserve NSW State Final

Jono Carr Wins Woodford Reserve NSW State Final

After getting through the NSW heats, Jonothan Carr from Kittyhawk took out the NSW State Final of the Woodford Reserve Cocktail Competition at Earl’s Juke Joint on Monday. Six of the finest NSW bartenders battled it out for a spot in the National Final in December. Each competitor presented two drinks in ten minute allocated slots. Bartenders recreated their own original Woodford Reserve concoction, with ...

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Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin

Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin

Four Pillars has released a limited edition gin that smells and tastes like Christmas. The gin has been aged in sherry barrels and finished with a dash of delicious Rutherglen muscat. Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin was inspired by distillery co-founder Cam's love of Australia, Christmas, gin, and his late mum Wilma. Cam remembers his mum making the Christmas puddings on Derby Day while the rest of ...

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Bacardi Installs Bat Caves at Bottling Plant

Bacardi Installs Bat Caves at Bottling Plant

Bacardi has installed three 20-feet high bat habitats at its bottling plant in Florida. The caves can hold up to 500 bats and will help to protect the species, which are experiencing a decline in both numbers and habitats. The initiative forms part of the company's Wildlife at Work program and is being run in partnership with Lubee Bat Conservancy, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to saving bats an...

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Bickford's Launches New On-Premise Distribution Business

Bickford

The Bickford’s Group of Companies has launched a new on premise distribution business in South Australia that will look after the sale and delivery of its premium range of alcohol and non-alcohol beverages. Liquid Art will provide its sister companies, VOK Beverages and Bickfords Australia, with an effective and efficient distribution model for high-end, influencer bars in the state. It has its own delive...

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Vickers Gin Comes Home to Twenty Third Street Distillery

Vickers Gin Comes Home to Twenty Third Street Distillery

Bickford's Group of Companies opened the doors to its new Twenty Third Street Distillery, barrel hall, visitor centre and cellar door in Renmark, South Australia in September . The former Renmano Winery was under construction for two years and is now the home to a new range of craft spirits, Australia's largest brandy trademark and from 2017, Vickers London Dry Gin. The $6.6 million build was supported b...

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Kangaroo Island Spirits Installs New 300L Pot Still

Kangaroo Island Spirits Installs New 300L Pot Still

Kangaroo Island Spirits received its new 300-litre pot still this week with hopes to increase production by ten times the amount the distillery is currently running at. The eleven-year-old distillery, founded by Jon (brother of Bill Lark, founder of Lark Distillery in Tasmania) and Sarah Lark, is one of Australia's first dedicated gin distilleries and recently produced its five-hundredth batch of its Wil...

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Patrón Perfectionist Comp Winner Nick Cozens

Patrón Perfectionist Comp Winner Nick Cozens

This Wednesday, October 18 nine competitors battled it out in the very first Australian edition of the Patrón Perfectionist Cocktail Competition. Top honours went to Nick Cozens from Eau De Vie in Melbourne with his Song of the Sea cocktail. Held at The Island on Sydney Harbour, finalists were allocated ten-minute slots to re-create their entry and present it to the judges. The judging panel included Patr...

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Diageo Australia's David Smith: How We Can Grow the Spirits Category

Diageo Australia

Diageo Australia has had a strong year in terms of growth, innovation and investment. The business opened the new Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience in Queensland, launched a $20 million investment into the RTD category, continued to advocate on responsible drinking and Australia’s nighttime economy, and leveraged on long-term partnerships with the NRL and celebrity Matt Preston. The business also saw a cha...

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