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Each week we publish stories about the best wines and spirits, our experts, upcoming events, and beverage industry news. And, don't miss our new IWSC Insights series, where we take an in-depth look into drinks businesses and markets around the world. Looking for recommendations? Visit our consumer website Club Oenologique to read our top 10s and reviews.

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UK Gin Producer of the Year, 2020: 58 Gin

'Distilling top-class gin is like cooking a good brisket - you need passion, quality ingredients and patience.' Find out UK Gin Producer of the year, 58 Gin's MD Carmen O'Neal's future plans for this small, disruptive distillery

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Brandy Producer of the Year, 2020: Château de Pellehaut

Scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find plenty of modernity and innovation in Armagnac. And the recipient of this year’s IWSC Brandy Producer of the Year, Château de Pellehaut, is a fine example.

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Nine of the world's best Armagnacs to drink this winter

Armagnac has stood in the shadows of its more illustrious neighbour, Cognac, for far too long. Cognac may have the brands and the bling, but Armagnac has history on its side. Find out which nine Armagnacs were recently crowned winners in a recent IWSC tasting

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Six of the world's best Cognacs

There can be few spirits with such an illustrious pedigree and an association with the finer things in life as Cognac. Here are six IWSC award-winners from a recent judging

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World's best brandy outside France

There’s more to brandy than Cognac and Armagnac. The French do it exceedingly well (they make Calvados, too), but countries outside France have a long history of brandy production. Find out which six scooped IWSC medals.

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Spirits Communicator 2020 shortlist: Ian Burrell

The first person shortlisted for IWSC's Spirits Communicator 2020 trophy is Ian Burrell, award-winning ‘Edu-Trainer’ and Global Ambassador for the rum trade

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Spirits Communicator 2020 shortlist: Billy Abbott

Whisky Ambassador the The Whisky Exchange, Billy Abbott has been shortlisted for IWSC's Spirit Communicator 2020 trophy

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Spirits Communicator 2020 shortlist: The Three Drinkers

Helena Nicklin, Colin Hampden-White and Aidy Smith from The Three Drinkers have been shortlisted for IWSC's Spirits Communicator 2020 trophy

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Spirits Communicator 2020 shortlist: Neil Ridley

Writer and television personality Neil Ridley is the fourth person nominated for IWSC's Spirits Communicator 2020 trophy

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Spirits Communicator 2020 shortlist: Becky Paskin

The final contender for IWSC's Spirits Communicator 2020 award is internationally respected spirits journalist Becky Paskin

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