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 …

Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig’s limited-edition Passionfruit flavour is to become a permanent listing from September. Since launching in April, the flavour has driven “exceptional” rate of sales across the on- and off-trade to become the brand’s third highest-selling variant in less than four months. It was secured a permanent place in the portfolio after thousands …

Westons Cider is bringing back its limited-edition mulled cider to the on-trade this autumn and winter after its success last year. Available on tap, Westons Twist Mulled Cider can be served hot or cold. It will be available from September in 20-litre bag-in-box, supported by branded pump clips. It is made from a spicy blend …

Flor de Caña, the slow-aged rum from Nicaragua, has launched a striking new look, with new labels emphasising the brand’s logo, age and awards. The quality of the glass has been enhanced, with the bottles etched with stalks of sugar cane. The logo has been superimposed over a volcano, a reminder that Flor de Caña …

Stonegate Pub Company has launched a limited-edition list of sweet shots based on cupcakes and doughnuts in its 12 Missoula bars around the UK. Inspired by the craze for cupcakes, it has created a mini menu of seven drinks which will be available until November. The shots are served with chocolate sprinkles, sugar strands, rainbow …

Elland Brewery in West Yorkshire was announced today as winner of the Champion Beer of Britain award for its Elland 1872 Porter at the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF). The British brewing industry’s top accolade was revealed by the festival’s organisers, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), at London Olympia at the opening of the …