Jay Rayner slams gin, calling it “ruined vodka”

Outspoken British restaurant critic Jay Rayner has attacked gin in an opinion piece in The Guardian, dubbing the white spirit “ruined vodka” that tastes like “musty leaf matter”.

SPI Group’s appeal against Russia’s claim to Stolichnaya vodka denied

Spirits maker SPI Group has been dealt a blow in the decades-long saga to keep the rights to Stolichnaya vodka away from Russian state ownership.

Chapel Down closes London bar and restaurant Gin Works

English drinks producer Chapel Down has closed its canal-side bar and restaurant called the Gin Works in London's King's Cross just a year after opening the site. 

Norwegian vodka and aquavit gain GI

Norwegian vodka and aquavit have both been given a geographical indication (GI) in the European Union, with regulations stipulating their physical appearance, alcoholic strength and production methods. 

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