The DrinkList: all the gin, whisky and beer news you need to know
What is happening in the world of alcohol.
Welcome to the DrinkList, a place where we round-up some of our favourite bits of recent booze news. Here you’ll get up to date with all the biggest launches from the world of whisky, gin, beer and beyond.
Whether it’s a new blend, a redesign or a craft ale that’s caught our eye, we will let you know about it here.
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Jose Cuervo is giving away the 'world's first' Piñata bar
Jose Cuervo has revealed that it is giving away the world's first Piñata bespoke bar. The bar will be designed in festive colours and comes with a shelf of Jose Cuervo Especial Gold, bartender’s essentials, mixers and garnishes. The chosen winner will have the bar delivered direct to their home in time for this year’s festivities, and it's the perfect thing to take out any frustration on you might have, given the way 2020 has gone.
Eligible entrants (over 18 years old, based in the UK) can enter the competition by following the Jose Cuervo UK Instagram page and tagging a friend who they’d enjoy a festive cocktail with.
Rita Ora's Próspero Tequila heads to the UK after US success
Rita Ora has had quite the year and she has topped it off with launching he tequila brand, Próspero Tequila, in the UK. She's collaborated with the female master distiller Stella Anguiano for the drink and it comes in a great-looking hexagonal bottle, complete with hand-drawn label.
We've had a taste of the blanco and it's a smooth drink, with the 100% agave coming through, as well a some really nice nutty notes.
Próspero Tequila is available to purchase exclusively from Selfridges, priced at £49.99 for the blanco, £59.99 for the reposado Tequila and £62.99 for the añejo expression.
Santa Teresa serves up the ultimate Christmas Pudding Old Fashioned
Santa Teresa 1796 has teamed up with Harvey Nichols, to offer a limited edition gift pack for cocktail enthusiasts this winter. Inside is a bottle of Santa Teresa 1796 and a complimentary Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit, with the option to personalise the label.
Now, we have tasted this cocktail and it is certain to go down a treat with anyone this Christmas - it's rich with all the taste expressions you'd expect from an Xmas pud!
Inside the kit, is a metal jigger and 2cl bottle of The Bitter Truth Cacao Bitters – an exclusive cacao-infused cocktail bitters made using native Venezuelan cacao, which were designed to highlight the subtle aromatic notes of walnuts, coffee and cacao in Santa Teresa 1796. Head to Harvey Nichols now for more information. Label personalisation is in-store only and the limited edition gift set costs £64.50.
Siren has all of the fun of the fair with its new imperial stouts
Siren Craft Brew, has launched a new collection of imperial stouts - dubbed ‘The Fairground’. These are over two years in the making and have been crafted using a specially designed beer base, and aged in bourbon and rye barrels, resulting in three winter concoctions all at 13.5%.
They are: Helter Skelter (13.5% ABV, with orange zest and a chocolatey base), Waltzer (notes of coffee while echoing hints of rum) and Haunted House (a chocolate explosion from the get-go).
The Fairground is available to purchase online at the Siren Craft Brew webshop – www.sirencraftbrew.com. Priced at £10 for each 375ml bottle or £30 for the trio set.
Three limited-edition Chiva Brothers whiskies have arrived just in time for Christmas
Three exceptionally rare limited-edition collections from the Chivas Brothers single malt portfolio have arrived: The Glenlivet Cellar Collection, The Aberlour Cellar Collection and The Scapa Single Cask Vintage Editions.
These are some of the oldest whiskies to have ever been released from these distilleries. There are only 600 bottles available and for the first time ever they are available for consumers at home - no need to head to the distillery. The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 30 year old and 33 year old can be purchased online, you will have to ring the distillery for the others.
Stella’s Mystery in the Life Artois game and beer pack may save Christmas
Stella Artois has created a limited-edition mystery evening set, containing everything needed to host a games night and it comes complete with a few bottle of Stella.
The set includes: a role-playing game, Mystery in the Life Artois; a collectible vinyl record of carefully curated, atmospheric soundtrack; four vintage-style Stella Artois Chalices; and four bottles of Stella Artois.
Priced at £52, it is available exclusively from Amazon from 2 December by searching for “Mystery in the Life Artois”. We’ve tried it and it’s a lot of fun. Just drink the beer after you’ve read the instructions on how to play!
New Beavertown beers are Pagan-inspired and food ready
Beavertown has released two new beers as part of its Tempus Barrel project. Called The Chariot and The Rule Of Three, they are perfect for the winter nights and, according to Beavertown, have been inspired and timed with the ancient Pagan Wheel of the Year.
The Chariot is a 5.6% refreshingly balanced Pilsner, matured in oak barrels for 3-9 months. This one is good to drink straight away or left to age a bit more.
The Rule of Three is a 5.8% Mixed fermentation Saison, brewed in multiple barrels and then mixed which offers up floral notes.
Head to Beavertown for more on the Tempus Barrel project (expect more beers throughout next year) and you can buy the bottles for £4.50 a pop.
Rampur Asava is a world’s-first in the world of whisky
Rampur Asava Indian Single Malt Whisky has just arrived in the UK and is the latest single malt whisky from Rampur Distillery. This one comes with an impressive world’s first - it’s the only Indian single malt whisky matured in American Bourbon Barrels and finished in Indian Cabernet Sauvignon casks. It has notes of orange zest, lychee and black pepper. It’s available now and costs £64.
The Sexton unveils ’The Night Before Christmas' crackers
The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey has brought some Christmas cheer - something we all need right now - in the form of a limited run of premium ’The Night Before Christmas' crackers.
These, according to their makers are “designed to be pulled on Christmas Eve each cracker contains a delicious ready-to-drink whiskey ’Noctail’ created from ingredients that thrive in the night time, a dark twist on the traditional cracker joke written by an award-winning comedian and a chance to win a year’s supply of The Sexton Whiskey - oh and of course, the Christmas hat!”
They are available for £20 (4 x crackers per pack), with all proceeds from sales donated to The Comedy Trust to support live comedy throughout the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, which is a lovely thing to be part of.
Gin & Tonic in a champagne bottle? Yep, that’s a thing now.
The folks at Craft Gin Club has just launched the first ever ready-to-drink Gin & Tonic in a Champagne bottle, which is one of those ideas that you wish you had come up with.
The Classic Gin & Tonic With a Pop contains four to six servings of real, craft G&Ts at 12% ABV, and is made with a premium craft gin from Denmark, ELG Gin.
You can get a bottle now at Craft Gin Club for £19.95.
Langs spruces up its rum with new flavours
We’re big fans of Langs Banana rum, so can’t wait to try out the two new flavours that have just been released: Langs Mango & Ginger rum and Langs Pineapple rum.
Langs Mango & Ginger Rum is, according to its maker, “a spicy-sweet sunburst of ripe, velvety mango”. Langs Pineapple Rum “combines succulent pineapple with hints of coconut, caramel, and lime”.
You can get both flavours now from Master of Malt with each bottle costing £25.
Hell in Hibernation sounds like the perfect winter ale
The wintery twist on Camden Town Brewery’s iconic Hells lager is back as the final beer in its 2020 seasonal Hells range.
Hells in Hibernation is the final beer in Camden Town Brewery’s Hells lager range and it sounds ideal for the long winter nights. Apparently it’s been inspired by “frosty walks through the spruce and fresh pine tree aromas”.
Hells in Hibernation has an ABV of 4.6% and is available now from the Camden Webshop - six cans will cost £10.
The Devil’s Keep is the most expensive first release of an Irish whiskey
Okay, we’ve checked our bank account and this one is way out of our league but there may be some of you out there that will be interested to know that the Craft Irish Whiskey Co. have launched The Devil’s Keep. This is “the oldest ever triple distilled Irish single malt whiskey and the most expensive first release in the history of whiskey”. It costs a jaw-dropping €10,000 per bottle.
The 29 year-old bottles of The Devil’s Keep are very rare. There are just 333 bottles available right now. There is further 666 planned for next year.
The Devil’s Keep is tripled distilled, having been aged in 200 litre ‘first fill’ American oak casks, 100-litre French Oak barrels and finished in expensive virgin Hungarian oak. These have created a rich vanilla, wild honey and toasted maple syrup flavour profiles.
Head to Craft Irish Whiskey Co now if you fancy an expensive tipple.
The Smokehead Skull Gift Tin brings the Christmas fear/cheer
Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky has launched a great Skull Gift Tin just in time for Christmas which houses three of its whiskies - Smokehead, Smokehead High Voltage and Smokehead Rum Rebel - all of which are perfect for a winter cocktail or two. We’ve already added this one to our best gifts for whisky lovers list - there you will find information on the cocktails you can make.
The tin costs £19.95 andis available now.
1800 Tequila offers up a cocktail kit full of festive fun
1800 Tequila has teamed up with Cocktail Porter for a limited-edition Christmas Dinner Cocktail Kit. The cocktails (developed by 1800 Tequila Educator Oli Pergl) combine the sweet and savoury flavours that are reminiscent of Christmas Dinner and contain six 1800 Silver mini bottles, salted rosemary syrup and all the ingredients necessary to create the cocktail.
It’s priced at £39.95 for six cocktails included in the kit and you can order them now for them to be delivered to your door. Orders can be placed now.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society could be a great Christmas gift
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) offers unique whisky experiences that can be enjoyed at home, which is key right now. The Society offers an ever-changing range of one-off whiskies, released each month. Membership includes access to these whiskies plus a whole bunch of virtual events. Annual membership starts from just £65.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey reveals The Causeway Collection.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey is launching a new range of single malt whiskeys inspired by Word Heritage UNESCO site, the Giant’s Causeway.
Called The Causeway Collection, the first whiskey is a special 2001 Feuillette Cask, matured in red wine casks. The collection has been nearly 30 years in the making by Master Blender, Helen Mulholland – the first woman to be inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame.
There are just 168 bottles available, exclusively from The Whisky Shop.
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Good One wants you to have a Good One
A new hard seltzer brand has arrived in the UK. It uses natural, raw ingredients and is brewed from scratch. The hard seltzers come in packs of 12, with three flavours in each pack. They are: Cloudy Grapefruit & Thyme, Lime & Cucumber and Raspberry, and Basil & Lime (4 x cans of each). Or, if you like one of the flavours, you can get 12 cans of that one.
They have a couple of festive treats right now. 4x can boxes are available in Christmas packaging and have two flavours: Mulled Soda and Mince Pie.Head to the Have A Good One's site for more information.
Enhance your tonic with Butler and Brewer
Butler & Brewer has come up with an inventive way to flavour your gin and tonic, without using flavoured gin or tonic. It’s created a whole host of tonic enhancers that are completely natural, and offer five flavours. The company has been developed over lockdown by husband and wife team Laren and Kirst Foord, and were apparently inspired during their pre covid travels in South Africa.
The enhancers are all handcrafted and pack in citrus, fruit and botanical flavours, but with no added sweetness.
Bowsaw Straight Bourbon heads to the UK
It’s always nice to see a new bourbon land in the UK and this one sounds great. Bowsaw Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled and matured in the north of Kentucky near the Ohio River, and has a unique mash bill comprising 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% barley. It's also been matured in barrels for three years.
Taste wise, it has a sweet toasted oak aroma with mellow flavours of vanilla and honey with a spicy rye finish.Head to Bowsaw's website for more information.
Lost Years is saving turtles with its rum
Lost Years, the debut brand from independent rum house Cane & Able, is a marine conservation rum which brings the taste of the Caribbean and Latin America direct to British drinkers.
Available exclusively online the hand-bottled range includes authentic aged and un-aged rums from some of the world’s most revered distilleries. Not only do they taste great, but they do good too - every bottle sold saves up to ten baby sea turtles.
Lost Years aims to save more than 500,000 hatchlings over the next few years, helping protect one of the world’s oldest and most endangered inhabitants. Cash from every sale will be used to fund community-based conservation efforts at key turtle nesting sites across the Caribbean and Latin America.
There are four rums in total: Four Island (40% ABV), £42.95, Arribada (42% ABV), £44.95, Navy Strength (54.5% ABV), £34.95 and Silver Moon (40% ABV), £29.95. And you can only get it from its official site.
Taste-wise, they are classically Caribbean: fruity and aromatic with juicy notes of tropical fruit, smokiness and a grassy freshness that comes from the Rhum Agricole.Head to Lost Year's site for more information.
Duppy arrived with a Festive Rum Kit
The Duppy Festive Rum Kit Mini contains everything need to make delicious rum cocktails at home, according to the folks behind Duppy.
The kit includes: a 20cl bottle of The Duppy Share Aged, a 20cl bottle of The Duppy Share’s brand new XMAS Syrup made with festive spices.
If you think someone you know would like one, then on Wednesday 25th November, The Duppy Share is launching. This is a Secret Santa Delivery Service across the UK, where you have the chance to send free rum gifts to someone you love.
If you want to nominate someone, then head to The Duppy Share’s Instagram page (@theduppyshare) and comment on the Secret Santa announcement post on the 25th by tagging who you’d most like to share a rum cocktail with post-lockdown.Head to Duppy Share's site for more information.
Four Pillars’ Modern Australian Gin arrives in the UK
Aussie gin makers Four Pillars are back with their new bottle. Called Modern Australian Gin, it’s the first time the expression has ever been available in the UK and will be heading to M&S stores for £33.50. If the gin sounds familiar then it’s because you may have supped it in one of QANTAS' first class lounges (when we were all allowed to fly, obviously).Head to Four Pillars site for more information.
Glengoyne 50-year-old whisky is a jaw-dropping special dram
Glengoyne Whisky has revealed the launch of its oldest ever expression - a 50 Year Old Highland Single Malt. And you can try it!
Priced at £22,500, and with only 150 decanters available in the world, the limited-edition single malt is, according to Glengoyne Whisky, “the pinnacle of the distillery’s unhurried and uncompromising approach to whisky making, as Scotland’s slowest distilled malt”.
Glengoyne has decided to give away a special decanter of this incredibly high aged, rare whisky in 2021. It has opened an online ballot for groups of five or more friends or family to submit an entry alongside a description of their perfect moment for savouring the Glengoyne 50 Year Old together next year.
Entrants have until Monday 14th December to get their submissions in. ShortList has been lucky enough to be given a dram of the whisky and we will be sharing our thoughts on it very soon.
Limited edition Gibson Martini bottle bundles are available now
To celebrate its 5th birthday, the Gibson Bar in London is offering up The Gibson’s 5th Anniversary Limited Edition bundle.
"Inside the bundle you’ll find a 500ml bottle of Gibson Martini. That’s at least 5 martinis, but, they won’t be any ordinary Gibson martinis: we’ve blended 5 vintage alcohols, aged from 50 to 100 years old - 2 rare Gins and 3 vintage Vermouths - in a ratio of 5 to 1 for a wet style martini and we’ve also added our new saffron-brined, truffled and smoked, homemade onions pickled in a 12 year old balsamic vinegar from Modena," says Gibson Bar.
Camden Town Brewery’s Beer 2020 is back!
Camden Town Brewery’s end of year series, Beer 2020, is back for its eighth year. Barrel aged for eight months to create an elegant lager with white wine-like characteristics, it’s the perfect way to toast the end of what has been an eventful year.
The aperitif-like lager is available nationwide in Waitrose stores across the country and has an ABV of 10% and is available in 500ml bottles for £8.50.
Beavertown goes crackers with its new stunt
Beavertown is offering you the chance to win a specially created, larger than life 2-metre long Christmas cracker. Complete with beers, Beavertown confetti, hats and jokes there are 5 unique crackers up for grabs.
To win one, you can tag a friend or loved one online on Beavertown’s Instagram channels. Entries close on Wednesday 2nd December and the 5 winners will be chosen at random.
Siren limited-edition stouts are back!
Back by popular demand, Siren Craft Brew has once more brewed its limited-edition collection of renowned chocolatey stouts: Caribbean Chocolate Cake.
First seen in 2018, Siren has brought back this range, but with two new twists on the stout collection. In total there’s: Nitro Caribbean Chocolate Cake, Caribbean Chocolate Pancake, Death by Caribbean Chocolate Cake and Barrel Aged Caribbean Chocolate Cake. The beers range from 7.4% ABV to 10.5% ABV.
Caribbean Chocolate Cake can be bought individually or as a four-pack. Nitro CCC and Caribbean Chocolate Pancake Stack retail at £4.50 each; Death by Caribbean Chocolate Cake for £5.50; while Barrel Aged CCC is priced at £6.00. Or you can purchase the four-pack for £20.00. Head to Siren Craft Brew's site for more information.
Limited edition Corte Vetusto Ancestral Mezcal revealed
A super-posh Mezcal is launching next week. Corte Vetusto is a Mezcal maker that sticks to the traditions of the drink. Its distillation exclusively occurs in wood-fired clay pots using Sierra Negro agave, a rare sub-variety of Agave Americana. The hearts of the Sierra Negra agave are hand-mashed in a canoa (wooden vessel) with wooden mallets and left to naturally ferment in open-topped wooden vats, before the mash is then twice distilled in 4, 60 litre wood-fired clay pots.
Corte Vetusto Ancestral Mezcal will be exclusively available from Harrods, in store and online on 16th November and will cost £250. Only 80 bottles are being produced so get in there quick if you want one.
River Rock single malt Scotch whisky arrives
We’ve been sipping River Rock single malt Scotch whisky all this week and it’s a lovely bottle of Scotch. It’s a whisky made by people who have worked with The Macallan, Highland Park and The Glenrothes in the past and has a distinctive lack of heat when it goes down and a nose of toasted marshmallows. It’s available to buy now and comes in a lovely ‘wonky’ bottle that is 100% recyclable. And they are even planting a tree for every bottle sold.
You can pre-order now for £35.
Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition is a stunner
The Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition is is the first American whiskey in French Baccarat and is strictly a limited-edition release. It’s priced at £1,500 per bottle - and, according to Woodford Reserve, is the world’s finest bourbon, which has been further aged to perfection in hand-selected XO cognac casks at the iconic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky.
Head here if you fancy a bottle and have spoken to the bank manager.
Waterford Organic: Gaia 1.1 is the first certified organic single malt whisky in Ireland
Waterford Distillery has revealed it is launching Waterford Organic: Gaia 1.1 which has the boast of being Ireland’s ﬁrst certified organic single malt whisky.
The whisky is part of the brand’s new Arcadian Series, which is a provenance-driven range of Irish whiskies made from organic, biodynamic and heritage grains.
It costs £77 and is available now.
East London Liquor Co teams up with Kew Gardens for new gin
East London Liquor Co. and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have teamed up for Kew Gin.
Created by ELLCo. Head Distiller, Tom Hills, it uses botanicals straight from the Gardens, Kew Gin includes Douglas fir and fresh, floral lavender, which are rounded out by sweet orange peel and earthy liquorice root and fennel seed, hitting all the right notes on your palate. According to its makers it is “smooth yet powerful” and the gin comes in at 42% ABV.
Kew Gin is currently available and it will cost you £29.50.
The Glenlivet 12 YO Illicit Still is so good it should be illegal
The Glenlivet 12 YO Illicit Still has arrived and the bottle tells the story of how its founder, George Smith, illegally distilled his whisky in a hidden bothy in the remote Glenlivet valley.
According to Glenlivet, it is best served neat or on the rocks, the liquid can be characterised by its fruity notes of peaches in syrup, poached pears and soft caramel giving it an exceptionally long finish, as well as having fresh, tropical aromas on the nose. We’ve had a tastes and it really is a cracking drink with those peach notes coming through nice and clear.
The Glenlivet 12YO Illicit Still is available to buy from Amazon, for £45.31.
Cantium Pink Gin
The original Cantium Gin take pride of place in our best gin list so we’re happy to report that its Kent-based makers have created a pink version of the drink. It’s based on the original with Kentish strawberries and raspberries added for the pink colour and sweeter flavour. And it’s served in a pink flask. It’s 42% ABV and costs £39.95.
Bombay Sapphire gin gets creative with its 12 Days of Creativity Calendar
Bombay Sapphire and the London Graphic Centre have collaborated to launch a ’12 Days of Creativity’ advent calendar which meshes gin with world-class video tutorials to bring out your creative spirit. The calendar contains premium quality art supplies and cocktail-making tools and these are housed in a beautiful, hard shell box emblazoned with festive artwork by Gustavo Vono.
The calendar also features a special QR code which people can scan each day to unlock an online hub hosting exclusive video content that features a series of world class artists and the Bombay Sapphire Brand Ambassador & Mixologist, Franck Dedieu. This video series aims to inspire budding creatives and show them how best to use the tools that sit behind each number.
Ardbeg is setting up a spooky delivery service for Halloween
Ardbeg’s Wee Beastie cocktails are becoming something of a Halloween tradition and now the distiller is going to be delivering them to lucky competition winners.
According to Ardbeg, its monster delivery service will give fans in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Islay the chance to receive a Monster Night In pack.
In it are a whole host of Halloween goodies, plus an Ardbeg Wee Beastie smoky cocktail. Some will even get a “Knocktail Experience”, where they will get a bottle of Wee Beastie, Amazon Fire Stick and their own personal monster mixologist.
Visit ardbeg.com to enter. Entries open on 19th October and will close on 26th October. Monster deliveries will be made on 29 October (London), 30 October (Manchester), and 31 October (Edinburgh and Islay).
Hobgoblin is here to bug you
Speaking of Halloween, there is still time to get your hands on a Hobgoblin Beer & Bugs Snack Pack.
In the pack, four of Hobgoblin beers are paired to crickets. In the pack you get: 16 cans of Hobgoblin beers, four packs of flavoured crickets, the ‘Best Sipped in the Dark’ eye mask, the Wychwood Brewery 2/3-pint glass and the Goblin’s Beer & Bug matching card. All this for just £32.
Camden Town Brewery is having itself a Harvest festival
To celebrate Autumn being well and truly here, Camden Town Brewery has brought back its autumnal twist on the classic Hells Lager, Harvest Hells.
According to Camden Town Brewery, it’s “a rich, robust take on the all-weather Hells Lager, Harvest Hells is a red lager that’s full of flavour”.
To celebrate the launch, it has teamed up with The Felix Project for the second year running, which means that 20p from every can sold of Harvest Hells during the month of October will go towards aiding the vital work The Felix Project does.
Harvest Hells has an ABV of 4.6% and is available now as a six-pack at Camden’s web shop for £10.
Mount Gay’s new Master Blender Collection arrives
Mount Gay has revealed its third limited-edition in Master Blender Collection, and the second blend in the series by the Distillery’s first female Master Blender, Trudiann Branker. The Port Cask blend, according to Mount Gay, “pushes the boundaries of rum-making by incorporating the use of Tawny Port casks for the first time in Mount Gay’s history”.
Bottled at cask strength (55% abv), this small batch is so exclusive it will be limited to 2,100 bottles in the US, and it will be available on ReserveBar.com and at select premium retailers for $175.
The Whisky Exchange’s Christmas malt has been revealed
As traditional as mince pies and a Bond movie over the festive period, The Whisky Exchange has revealed its Christmas malt for this year and this one, according to its makers, “has a delicious sherry-cask character that’s rich, dark and spicy but also allows fresh and fruity flavours to shine”.
Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange, reckons the whisky is ”dark and spicy at its core, with a fresh and fruity orchard-fruit edge that dives into richness as it develops”.
Christmas Malt 2020 will be available at The Whisky Exchange for £74.95.
Jägermeister and Deliveroo team up for a ‘chilling’ treat
Jägermeister has revealed it is partnering with Deliveroo this Halloween, offering a free Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee sample with selected orders placed from 26th October until 1st November.
The 5cl mini will feature a limited edition glow-in-the-dark Halloween label created for Deliveroo, and will come with a recipe card instructing how to make the perfect espresso martini.
The offer will be available to customers ordering via the Deliveroo app from participating outlets in Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, London and Brighton.
Get a transfusion, thanks to the Cocktail Delivery Company
Well, this is rather gruesome. The Cocktail Delivery Company has revealed its limited-edition Halloween serve, The Transfusion, is now available for delivery nationwide. There are three versions of the cocktail available - gin transfusion abv 11.4 per cent, tequila transfusion abv 10.2 per cent, vodka transfusion abv 9.9 per cent - and they come in a fetching blood transfusion bag.
The Transfusion will be available to purchase 23rd October – 6th November, priced at £22.49 for four serves.
The Glenlivet’s Tartan Tiki service hopes to bring back the sun
As the nights are drawing in, we are all probably missing the sun right now. But don’t panic too much as Glenlivet is launching its Tartan Tiki delivery service for 20 lucky Londoners to win a Caribbean Reserve Tartan Tiki cocktail kit and have it delivered to their door in a vibrant red delivery truck.
According to Glenlivet, the Caribbean Reserve Tartan Tiki delivery service will be making its way to homes across London on the 5th November, dropping off the cocktail kits’ safely at customers’ homes.
The kits are available from Creative Cocktails and cost £49.95.
The main part of this kit is The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve, which is the brand’s first ever whisky to be selectively finished in rum barrels.
If you aren’t lucky enough to get a visit by the Tartan Tiki service, then you can nab a bottle for £38.59 from Amazon and other retailers.
Wild Gorse Tincture unveiled
Isle of Harris Distillers has launched a limited, small-batch offering from its experimental apothecary drinks range. Called the Wild Gorse Tincture, Isle of Harris Distillers has collaborated once again with local apothecary, Amanda Saurin. together they have hand-picked fragrant gorse leaves from the village of Rodel, south of the island, and combined their honeyed sweetness with hawthorn and nettle and lemon.
You get 10 servings in a 39%ABV bottle and it's available from the distillery for £20.
Compass Box Whisky unleashes its Peat Monster Arcana
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Compass Box has unveiled its Peat Monster Arcana. The whisky is "a result of a long-running experiment into the secrets and mysteries of oak and smoke," according to its makers. To make it, a cask strength version of The Peat Monster was matured in three French oak custom casks for another two years, then blended with malt whiskies from the Talisker, Miltonduff and Ardbeg Distilleries.
The whisky is 46% ABV and £75 for a 70cl version. Only 8,328 bottles produced are being globally, including the UK. Head to CompassBoxWhisky's website for more information
Baileys Apple Pie is here for autumn fun
Baileys Limited Edition Apple Pie liqueur is now available in the UK for The Bottle Club, and it is promising to be the perfect autumnal tipple with a delicious blend of fresh apple pie flavours, vanilla ice cream and hints of cinnamon and spice.
Baileys Limited Edition Apple Pie (17% ABV) is available now from The Bottle Club priced £22.99 for a 70cl bottle.
Kyrö Dairy Cream Liqueur heads to UK
Finnish liqueur Kyrö Dairy Cream is heading to the UK. It is lactose-free and gluten-free and its maker only uses natural colours and ﬂavours.
Kyrö Dairy Cream Liqueur doesn’t include any preservatives, and as a result, its shelf life is shorter than that of other dairy liqueurs so needs to be drunk in four weeks, which sounds like an easy challenge to us.
To be enjoyed straight out of the bottle with ice or with ice, cold brew coffee and friends. Kyrö Dairy Cream Liqueur does not contain lactose, gluten, artificial colours or flavours. Head to Master Of Malt for more information, but the drink is 16% ABV and costs £19.95
Poppy-inspired gin raises a glass to the Royal British Legion
Derbyshire Distillery has teamed up with The Royal British Legion to create this brilliant poppy-inspired gin. Each bottle sold will raise money in the run up to Remembrance Sunday. The idea came about because of of 32 year old ex-serviceman, Richard Aspinall, who is an artisanal distiller based at distillery. Called Eleventh Hour Gin, it is a traditional dry gin made with a unique blend of botanicals, including juniper, sour cherry, ginger and poppy seeds, and distilled with crisp, clean Derbyshire Water.
The gin costs £22.99 and £3 plus VAT from the sale of every bottle will be given to The Royal British Legion. It's available from Derbyshire Distillery's site.
Innis & Gunn's big beer giveaway is happening on Facebook
Innis & Gunn is holding a retro style gameshow on Facebook. It is giving away over 5,000 beers from 5pm Friday 16 October, in something called the ‘The Recommendation Game’. The giveaway comes as tighter restrictions come into force across the country, with Innis & Gunn keen to demonstrate the power of recommendation and play its part in providing the nation with some much-needed cheer.
Head to its Facebook site to figure out how to place and be in with a chance of winning.
Bacardi Pumpkin Punch Kit
Bacardi Rum is getting into the Halloween spirit, partnering with Floom to launch a limited edition Bacardi Pumpkin Punch Kit.
For £25, you get one pumpkin ready to be gutted, plus all the ingredients to create a pumpkin Spiced rum punch, some party cups which light up when filled and other Bacardi accessories.
Christmas Cake Gin arrives. We repeat: Christmas Cake Gin
Yep, Warner’s Distillery's Christmas Cake Gin is back. It was a big success last year so the gin farmers at Warner’s Distillery have announced that this year’s Limited Edition will launch online on 1st November and will be available in M&S stores nationwide and online via Ocado from 3rd November for £38.
Cotswolds Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky
Cotswolds Single Malt has announced its latest single malt. It is a whisky that's been fully matured in American and Spanish oak hogsheads and butts, seasoned with Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherries. Taste wise, the Cotswolds Sherry Cask is plum like with almonds and peppery oak spice.
The Cotswolds Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky is non-chill filtered, with natural colouring and has an ABV of 57.4% and is £64.95 for 700ml bottle from Cotswolds Distillery
Binary Botanical launches a beer for wine lovers
Binary Botanical has announced a British beer for wine lovers. It has been launched to provide a lighter, beer-like alternative to a glass of wine - available with both 4% and 0.5% alcohol.
According to its founders, Binary Botanical is a female-founded British beer brand which brews beers using hop cones infused with organic leaves, which normally go to waste. The hop leaves are said to give the beer a tangy, not bitter, taste.
You'll find the bottles in Sainsbury’s stores in November and it's available to buy from Binary Botanical.
Bloody hell, mate, Four Pillars has launched Shiraz Gin
Australian distillery Four Pillars Gin is bringing its Bloody Shiraz Gin to supermarket shelves nationwide. This is the first time the UK will be able to get their hands on the gin that has taken Australia, and soon the world, by storm.
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin was first created for World Gin Day in the Yarra Valley in 2015. According to its maker, the gin is "the result of an experiment-gone-right, the Bloody Shiraz Gin is what happens when you mix Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin with cool climate shiraz grapes sourced from the Yarra Valley and surrounding Victorian regions".
There's no additional sugar, colourings or flavours are added, "just bloody good gin and bloody delicious shiraz grapes," says Four Pillars.
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin costs £35. Head to Four Pillars Gin for more information. will be available in 200+ Waitrose stores across the UK.
For more information on Four Pillars Gin visit fourpillarsgin.com
The English Whisky Festival has landed
The first dedicated English Whisky Festival has is taking place now - we spoke to its founder recently to get more information on it.
Taking place over the 16-17 October, the festival promises to be an event "exclusively celebrating English Whisky and the distilleries behind the liquid" and has a programme that includes panel discussions with a whole host of UK distilleries, quizzes and more.
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Cut Rum Minis arrive
If you are looking for a stocking filler for the rum lover in your life, then Cut Rum reckons it has the ideal gift: its newly launched Cut To The Minis gift set.
In the gift set you will find, 2x 50ml bottles of high quality Cut Spiced Rum and 1x 50ml bottle of Cut Smoked Rum. which has the accolade of being the first smoked rum in the UK.
As for Cut Rum itself, it's made from aged rums from The Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica and The Trinidad Distillery,
Cazcabel tequila revealed, packing five flavours
Cazcabel Tequila is pushing itself as the ideal Christmas gift for those who want to do a bit of cocktail mixing. On offer are five flavours and Cazcabel Tequila bills itself as "authentic, high quality, naturally flavoured and available at an affordable price". If you like you tequila sweet, then these may well be for you.
1800 Tequila is now available and it passes our taste test
The world’s first premium tequila, 1800 Tequila, is now available in Tesco and Waitrose stores across the UK for £30.
1800 Tequila i made from 100% Weber blue agave and the liquid is double distilled and a special selection of white tequila is blended together for complexity and character. According to its makers, "the clean, balanced taste carries hints of sweet fruit and pepper, making it ideal for mixing in cocktails".
We have actually had a taste test and it's awesome in a soda, too, as well as on its own - making it one of the better sipping tequilas we have tasted. Keep your eyes peeled for more on this soon.
World’s first Pinot Grigio Gin launched
This is an interesting one, Ginato Pinot Grigio is billing itself as the 'world's first Pinot Grigio gin' offering a balance of "the finest Pinot Grigio grape and Sicilian lemons with Tuscan juniper berries, creating a citrus-forward gin that is as naturally fresh and bright as its wine counterpart".
This is medium dry gin from and comes in at 43% ABV.
Fancy a Whisky Festival in a Box?
The Whisky Lounge is hosting its won whisky festival and will be streaming live, and for free from The Spirit of Yorkshire distillery.
To get you in the mood, tasting boxes are available to purchase and are designed to bring the whisky festival experience home.
The event takes place from 4pm Friday 16th October to 5:30pm Sunday 18th October and you can expect themed tasting sessions throughout the weekend - including Scotch, World Whisky, Asian Whisky, English Whisky, Indie Bottlings and Peated Whisky
Each tasting box available to purchase and these aim "to bring the festival experience home; containing 6 whisky samples and official whisky festival ‘SWAG’."
East London Liquor Co gets a new look
London’s most defiant distillery (their claim) the East London Liquor Co, has revealed a new stripped back look across its gin, vodka and rum range.
The daring new design, according to its makers, "aims to strip back the bullshit that consume so many ‘craft’ gins and present the spirits for exactly what they are: excellent quality drinks, without the waffle."
A bold claim but you can try them for yourself for just £21.50 for their East London Gin, ELLCo.
You can now buy ELLCo.’s East London Gin, as well as its new East London Rum, and ready-to-drink cans at Tesco Supermarkets.
Smokehead gift set does what it says on the tin
Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky has revealed a brand-new addition to its line-up with a 3x 5cl bottle gift set that comes in a stylish t