Comment - Spirits (Brown) - Last Orders with Neil Ridley

Comment - Spirits (Brown) - Last Orders with Neil Ridley

99r8这是只有精品视频20By: Neil Ridley

Brown spirits aficionado Neil Ridley casts his eye over the latest goings-on in whisk(e)y, Cognac, dark rum et al.



How the spirits category can ride out the coronavirus storm - comment 16 Apr 2020

With most of the world on lockdown, Neil Ridley explores how the spirits category can continue to support itself once the coronavirus pandemic eases.


Is Scotch whisky ditching evolution for revolution? - comment 10 Mar 2020

Following the emergence of two new Mexican spirit-influenced blended Scotch whiskies last week, our dark spirits columnist, Neil Ridley looks at how continued innovation can potentially bring new consumers into a weary category.


Why rum producers should ignore their past to win in the future - comment 17 Feb 2020

In this month's outing, just-drinks' dark spirits commentator, Neil Ridley, tells us how it took a trip to the most unlikely of locations to truly discover the potential of premium rum - and why he feels the category needs to shake off its sickly-sweet persona.


What's coming up in dark spirits in 2020? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment 14 Jan 2020

99r8这是只有精品视频20The dawning of a new decade will bring plenty of surprises, creativity and optimism. As we welcome 2020, then, what will be the first likely trends in dark spirits? Category commentator Neil Ridley takes a look.


What does rum need to do to recognise its potential? - Comment 12 Nov 2019

The much-touted 'demise' of gin is surely music to the rum category's collective ears. However, spirits commentator Neil Ridley argues the spirit must first find its way out of the Wild West and lose its 'sweet-toothed' perception before making a play for the hearts and throats of today's consumers.


Why single malt Scotch must ignore its core consumer - Comment 17 Oct 2019

Despite drawing criticism from certain quarters, the?single malt Scotch whisky category?must continue to strive for greater inspiration and innovation?if it is to maintain its current trajectory, argues Neil Ridley.


Pernod Ricard breaks new boundaries with Chinese malt whisky distillery - Comment 12 Sep 2019

The recent unveiling of Pernod Ricard Asia's plans to produce China's first domestically-sourced single malt whisky is undoubtedly a landmark moment in brown spirits. Category commentator Neil Ridley considers whether Chinese whisky could become a contender to the other 'world whiskies'.


Why rye whisky is set to go global - Comment 15 Aug 2019

99r8这是只有精品视频20With its distinctly peppery, spicy flavour profile, rye whisky presents a challenge to the average consumer's palate, thinks Neil Ridley, but one that a new breed of whisky consumers appears keen to explore in more detail. So,?why is the UK craft distilling scene getting excited for such an innovative, yet relatively extreme,?spirit?


Why the next chapter for Scotch whisky has its challenges - Comment 18 Jul 2019

99r8这是只有精品视频20The recent rule changes in Scotch maturation introduced by the Scotch Whisky Association go some way to appealing to the creativity of today's forward-thinking distillers. However, is the general public ready for Scotch 2.0 or, for that matter, does the consumer even want it? Neil Ridley delves into the casks to see what's slumbering away.


Why brown spirits is behind the low- & no-alcohol curve - Comment 11 Jun 2019

99r8这是只有精品视频20With the booming trend of no-abv?white 'spirits', Neil Ridley wonders whether the dark spirits sector will follow suit and who will be the first to really crack the potentially flavoursome formula.


Why the spirits category should look backwards to move forwards - Comment 16 May 2019

Can the recent reinvention of 'classic serves' help revolutionise dark spirits consumption for a younger, savvier audience in the on-premise? Neil Ridley looks to the past for inspiration.


Why being careful is not careful enough for spirits marketers - Comment 11 Apr 2019

99r8这是只有精品视频20As Edrington's The Macallan is forced to withdraw its major advertising campaign in the UK following a handful of complaints, Neil Ridley wonders if the rules surrounding the above-the-line promotion of spirits are turning us into a nation of naysayers and killjoys, or is there a deeper message here for the drinks industry as a whole?


Why the mainstream media is confusing spirits' target consumer - Comment 14 Mar 2019

When people talk about alcohol, a lot of them get quite excited. Some get over-excited. As for those people that work in the media... Neil Ridley explains.


How to win the marketing war in spirits - Comment 15 Feb 2019

Our brown spirits commentator, Neil Ridley, has had his passion for whisky reignited, thanks to a?recent trip to the Scottish island of Islay. He's also concluded that a 'sense of place' is the most important weapon in a spirits' marketer's armoury.


What's coming up in brown spirits in 2019? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 15 Jan 2019

After the excesses of December, brown spirits commentator Neil Ridley takes a cursory glance into what 2019 is likely to bring, including a few shake-ups in the no-/low-alcohol segment of the category.