The DrinkList: all the gin, whisky and beer news you need to know
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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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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.
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Limited edition Corte Vetusto Ancestral Mezcal revealed
A super-posh Mezscal is launching next week. Corte Vetusto is a Mezscal 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 tin. It's priced at £22.99 and each tin features 3 x 5cl bottles of Smokehead original, High Voltage and the brand-new expression Rum Rebel.
According to Smokehead, "5cl bottles are the ideal measure to sample and enjoy Smokehead neat or mix it up in one of the brand’s bold cocktail suggestions".
London Cocktail Week lets you celebrate at home
This year, London Cocktail Week has teamed up with The Drinks Drop so you can enjoy some London cocktails at home.
It has hand picking thirty venues who will have their LCW Signature Serves available for £6 and delivered straight to doors nationwide. For those living in London, if you pre-order before 3pm then the bartenders on bikes will deliver on the same day. For those outside of London, the service is available nationwide and cocktails come through the letterbox.
Head to the London Cocktail Week site for its full line-up.
Twin Flames Red IPA comes revealed by Siren Craft Brew
Siren Craft Brew has revealed the launch of Twin Flames. It is "an enticingly moreish duo of Red IPAs with an innovative twist." Essentially, when it comes to the two Red IPAs one of them has been carbonated and the other one nitrogenated.
According to Siren Craft Brew, it has done this so it can "offer the best of both worlds for craft beer enthusiasts as well as educate newbie beer drinkers, giving everyone the chance to compare the tastes and textures of two complementary beers".
Priced at £4.20 per 440ml can, £8.00 for the twin pack or £16.00 for a 4 can box with the Nitro glass.
DRTY launches new mango passion Hard Seltzer
DRTY, is one of the UK’s leading Hard Seltzer brands - a drink that's gaining in popularity in the UK - and it has just launched a brand-new flavour. It's called Mango Passion and adds to an existing range which includes Raspberry Rosé & White Citrus.
Edinburgh Gin unveils Poached Pear Gin Liqueur
Edinburgh Gin has revealed a rather festive spiced rum variant of its gin.
Available exclusively via John Lewis & Partners, this gin has Edinburgh Gin Classic at its core and, according to its maker, "alongside natural flavours like sweet pear, delicate red wine, and warming festive spices - like clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg".
Edinburgh Gin Poached Pear Gin Liqueur (ABV 20%, 50cl) is now available exclusively through John Lewis & Partners (online and in-store) and Edinburgh Gin's own site for £16.50.
Conker Spirit Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur now comes in decaf
Conker has revealed a decaf version of its Cold Brew Coffee Liquor. Its original cold brew liquor was launched in 2016 and the decaf one has been two years in the making.
"After two years scouring the globe for the finest coffee growers," says Conker Spirit, it's "now duly delivered an exquisite Decaf Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, made for those who love real coffee, but not the buzz".
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Benromach’s new look goes global, 21-Year-Old whisky revealed
Benromach has been busy of late, launching its new-look core range - this includes a fancy new design for its 10 Year Old, 15 Year Old and 2009 Cask Strength Vintage. This new ook was unveiled in June now the bottles are just starting to hit the shelves.
To celebrate, a new Benromach 21 Year Old will be available at selected retailers worldwide from mid-October. Head to its website for more information.
The Benromach 21 Year Old is priced at £129.99 (pricing may vary elsewhere).
Glenlivet packs a punch with its Caribbean Reserve range
Glenlivet has revealed its Caribbean Reserve, which it says combines whisky’s traditional Scottish heritage with the flavour and soul of the Caribbean
It’s been selectively finished in rum barrels which is said to create a bold, sweet and tropical end-result. Tasting notes include caramel toffee, mandarin and orange, vanilla and honeydew melon, with a nose of pear and red apple.
The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve is available now for £38.59.
Last chance to get your Virtual Whisky Show tasting packs
The Whisky Exchange Virtual Whisky Show is happening 2-9 October and there are still whisky packs available to purchase. The line-up of the show is impressive and there are 72 packs available.
In total there were be 100 masterclasses and 60 exhibitors. Packs include the The Johnnie Walker Luxury Family Tasting (£99.95) which includes a dram of Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V (a full bottle retails at £527).
Head to the Whisky Show website for more information.
Mr Black has a limited edition coffee liqueur
World Coffee Day may have been and gone, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get yourself a bottle of Mr Black’s new limited edition coffee liqueur. It’s called the Single Origin Ethiopia there will only be 100 bottles for UK consumers to buy, so if you want one then get in there quick.
The Single Origin Ethiopia “honours Ethiopian coffee and heritage and offers an extraordinary coffee liqueur filled with wonderful brightness and flavour”.
Mr Black is working with Project Origin on the bottle, a charity which supports the coffee farms and gets money back into local communities, through funding schools or day care centres and building fences and toilet blocks.
Tobermory 23 Year Old Oroloso Cask Finish unveiled
The Tobermory Distillery has taken the wrapper off of its Tobermory 23-Year Old Oroloso Cask Finish (46.3% ABV, RSP £320). This, according to Tobermory, is “a beautiful deep-gold sherried single malt that will join the distillery’s core malt range”.
It’s based on the 15-year-old liquid, but the Tobermory 23 Year Old has spent more time resting in Oloroso casks at the distillery which means a much fuller-flavoured whisky.
To commemorate its time on the Isle of Mull, the distillery has collaborated with Mull Silver and Goldsmith, on a one-of-a-kind sterling silver and gold quaich which will be auctioned alongside the new bottle in the coming months. Silver is a traditional 23rd anniversary gift, and the gold coating signifies the deep liquid-gold of the exquisite 23 year old malt.
Redbreast Irish Whiskey teams up with BirdLife
Well, this sounds like a match made in heaven. Redbreast Irish Whiskey has teamed up with leading bird conservation charity, BirdLife International, to support the organisation on its mission to keep the common bird common.
Part of the partnership means that Redbreast Irish Whiskey will raise funds, help to conserve and restore bird habitats, and support BirdLife International in its quest in its bird monitoring.
To celebrate the announcement, Redbreast Irish Whiskey has unveiled Robin Redbreast, a “playful and engaging evolution” of its iconic symbol.
12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select Highland Single Malt joins the Dalmore line-up
Dalmore has added to its Principal Collection with the 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select Highland Single Malt. Available at The Whisky Shop, the whisky has notes of caramelised orange, ginger and sultanas. Taste wise you have dark chocolate, crushed almonds and cinnamon. The finish is said to be mango and lemons.
The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select is available to purchase in the UK exclusively from The Whisky Shop, costing £72.
Campari gets arty
Campari has revealed the Campari Art Pack. This is a 70cl bottle of Campari, which somes with a limited-edition poster by Futurism artist, Fortunato Depero. The exclusive, collectible Art Pack will be available first at Waitrose then other places later on.
Gin tasting is now a game
A new Gin Tasting Game has been revealed by Gourmet Games which is said to provide everything you need to host your very own gin tasting event. Packs include myriad 50ml bottles of gin, tasting cards, quizzes, recipes and more.
Masons of Yorkshire reveals Orange And Lime leaf gin
Masons of Yorkshire is here to give your your G&T a refresh, with its latest Orange & Lime Leaf gin. This one is a classic London dry gin layered with citrus flavours. This isn’t the first time Masons of Yorkshire has experimented with gin flavours - the company has launched Pear & Pink Peppercorn and English Lavender in the past.
Masons of Yorkshire Orange & Lime Leaf Gin is available from its official site for £30.
Beer advent calendars are now available
Both Honest Brew and BrewDog have revealed their Christmas advent calendars. The Honest Brew one is available to pre-order for £64.90 and features 24 beers in 13 different styles from breweries across the UK and Europe and 12 exclusives from some of HonestBrew’s favourite breweries.
BrewDog’s advent calend