A summit is being organised to examine what makes a “London gin” as part of a range of events for craft distillers from across the UK and the rest of Europe. The London Gin Summit on October 1 will bring together the capital’s distillers and others in the spirits industry to debate whether gin distilled …

Considerable growth for Hayman’s gin in the UK and overseas has led to its owners bringing production in-house with a dedicated distillery in Essex. Hayman Distillers has brought distillation to the same location in Witham as blending and bottling, investing in a new 450-litre still handmade by leading German-based manufacturer Carl. Since the brand relaunched …

Mixologist Susie Wong has worked with Swedish cider brand Kopparberg to develop simple new serves for its latest new variants. Ideas include adding a garnish of pink grapefruit to Kopparberg Cloudberry over ice and serving Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime over ice with slices of cucumber. They were developed for the brand by Susie who works …

A gin experience has been created by craft spirits producer Sipsmith with floral artist Rebecca Louise Law, celebrating the key ingredient of juniper. The sensory gin-inspired display opened yesterday (September 6) at garden centre The Chelsea Gardener in London and runs until Sunday September 26. It includes a G&T pop-up bar Wednesdays to Sundays. Rebecca …

A rich spicy 10-year-old rye whiskey has been brought to the UK to complement the range of premium bourbons from Jefferson’s. Jefferson’s 10-year-old Straight Rye Whiskey is distilled from 100% north American rye and aged in barrels charred at number 3 level, making it rich and very smooth as well as spicy. Bottled at 47% …

Diageo has announced the 10 single malt whiskies for its annual limited-edition Special Releases for 2013, with expressions up to 37 years old. Nik Keane, global director for malt whiskies at Diageo, said they represented “some of the most sought-after, valuable and collectible single malt Scotch whiskies in the world”. The oldest in the collection …

A range of spirits from Texas craft distillery Balcones is being targeted at UK high-end bars through Maverick Drinks, a new spin-off business from drinks supplier Master of Malt. Maverick Drinks will act as exclusive distributor in the UK of the American company’s portfolio which includes Texas Single Malt Whisky, Baby Blue and True Blue …

A limited number of bottles of the much sought-after Noilly Prat Ambré vermouth are to be released into the UK on-trade to mark the brand’s 200th anniversary. The rare expression uses a blend of fine white wines that are partly aged in oak vats and then macerated with an aromatic selection of botanicals such as …

Hernö Juniper Cask Gin from Sweden – the world’s first gin matured in juniper wood casks – is being launched in the UK. It is distilled and bottled at the Hernö distillery in Ångermanland in northern Sweden and follows the introduction of Hernö Gin and Hernö Navy Strength Gin earlier this year. The global launch …

Maxxium UK has introduced another new flavour to the Stolichnaya vodka range in the UK, combining natural flavours of coconut with sweet chocolate. Stoli Chocolat Kokonut is the second Sweet Indulgent flavour to launch in the UK this summer after Salted Karamel was introduced in July. The latest flavour brings bold coconut and rich cocoa …