Arkansas has joined the list of US states that allow spirits tastings in liquor stores.

The state's governor, Mike Beebe, signed the legislation on Sunday, the Distilled Spirits Council said today (28 March).

Arkansas is now the 15th state to have allowed or expanded spirits tastings since 2000. Arkansas will become the 40th state to allow spirits tastings in some form, at either on- or off-trade establishments.

"Arkansas consumers will now have the opportunity to responsibly sample the world's finest premium spirits products in a retail setting, just like they do wines," said Dale Szyndrowski, vice president of the council. "Arkansas is joining a growing list of states modernising their liquor laws to bring adult consumers more choices and greater convenience."