Smokehead Rum Rebel

Ian Macleod Distillers’ Islay single malt whisky brand Smokehead is launching its new Rum Rebel expression, finished in Caribbean rum casks, for International Rum Day on August 16. Bottled at 46% ABV, the “rich, smoky and salty” whisky has been finished in spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks. As a toast to International Rum Day, the …

Seaberry Vodka

Lostwithiel-based distillery Colwith Farm is bringing a new vodka to the market, created using berries from Cornwall’s first sea buck plantation. Made with Colwith Farm’s Aval Dor Vodka as a base, Seaberry Vodka is pitched with the juice of seaberries from neighbouring Cornish Seaberry Co, operated by agronomist Seth Pascoe. Dubbed the ‘holy fruit of …

Strangeways CBD-infused gin

Manchester-based distillery Strangeways Beers and Spirits has developed two new CBD-infused gins – Hazy Dry and Hazy Strawberry Gin – distributed to the on-trade exclusively through Hammonds of Knutsford. Bottled at 40% ABV, the two gins are infused with CBD from authorised and regulated suppliers in the UK. The first liquid, Hazy Dry Gin “blends …

Bora Botanical Rum

Cornish distillery Penryn Spirits has released Bora Botanical Rum, positioned as a “rum for gin lovers”. Named after the Cornish word for dawn, Bora is distilled using natural, locally sourced botanicals, including nettles and quinces, to create a “light, dry, aromatic spirit”. The rum is designed to be enjoyed with tonic, with a sprig of …

Whitley Neill flavoured gins

Premium gin brand Whitley Neill has added two new limited edition flavours to its portfolio – Brazilian Lime and Strawberry & Black Pepper. The Brazilian Lime Gin was created to tap into the trend for citrus-flavoured gins and citrus-based cocktails, whilst also taking inspiration from creator Johnny Neill’s travelling experiences in South America. It “zings …

Equiano Spirit Cartel distribution partnership

Premium rum brand Equiano has announced its first exclusive UK distribution partnership with Spirit Cartel. Equiano launched to the UK market in October 2019, presenting a premium Afro-Carribean dark rum that “blends two cultures, two distilleries and two islands.” Following a successful year, with a multitude of on-trade listings in the UK, including Sketch, Annabel’s, …

Mad City botanical white rum

Foxhole Spirits, which creates Hyke Gin, has unveiled Mad City, a botanical white rum featuring design from Bristol-based urban artist Sled-One. Mad City is said to add “more depth, flavour and complexity” to white rum, marrying 100% Fairtrade certified rum from Jamaica, Guyana, the Dominican Republic and Barbados with a recipe of 25 sustainably sourced …

Mr Hobbs 150

Family-owned gin brand Mr Hobbs is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the launch of a new expression – Mr Hobbs 150. Hailing from Henley, based along the Thames, Mr Hobbs was founded in 1870 by Harry Hobbs, who established family pleasure boating business Hobbs of Henley. The new Mr Hobbs 150 is a classic London …

El Bandarra Al fresco

Barcelonan vermouth El Bandarra, distributed by Mangrove UK, has unveiled a new expression – El Bandarra Al Fresco. Developed by twins Alex and Albert Virgili, El Bandarra Al Fresco (15% ABV) combines high-quality garnacha wines with natural Mediterranean botanicals. Cherry red in colour, it offers notes of liquorice, fresh herbs and mint, with a bitter …

Diageo plastic free Johnnie Walker bottle

Drinks giant Diageo has developed a plastic free paper-based spirits bottle, made entirely from sustainably sourced wood, which will be used to package a limited edition run of Johnnie Walker whisky. To make the bottles, Diageo has partnered with venture management company Pilot Lite to launch a new sustainable packaging technology company called Pulpex Limited, …