Reliquum Spirits Apple Brandy

Small batch spirits brand Reliquum has added new Apple Brandy made using Essex-grown Opal apples to its portfolio. To create the drink, Opal apples, a relatively new variety in the UK, are pressed to make a cider and then combined with eau de vie which has been aged in red wine barrels made from French …

Avallen Calvados

Healthy Hospo founder Tim Etherington-Judge and wine and spirits specialist Stephanie Jordon have partnered to launch a new calvados brand called Avallen. Born out of a shared passion for traditional spirits and sustainable products, Avallen Calvados has been created to “reignite” the calvados category, while having a positive impact on the world’s wild bee population. …

BNIC food pairing app

Cognac producers have developed a new app that will help bars and restaurants to come up with ideas to pair the spirit with food. Under the name of Cognac Pairing, it has been put together with 45 tasting experts from around the world, including chefs and sommeliers, who have come up with pairings for dishes …

Marquis armagnac

Bars around Britain are set to celebrate armagnac with special cocktails and menus, tastings and other events. Running from Monday June 12 to Sunday June 18, the week-long awareness campaign Sons of Armagnac is sponsored by Lauvia and Marquis de Montesquiou armagnacs and run by their UK distributor Emporia Brands. In London, specially created Marquis …

chapel down brandy

Leading Kent wine producer Chapel Down is releasing an English grape brandy that has been aged in oak barrels for 23 years. It has been made with Seyval Blanc grapes from the 1991 harvest of the Lamberhurst vineyard in Kent which supplies Chapel Down for its wines. The spirit was distilled in 1992 by Julian …

Matt Dakers Lauvia Boutique Bar Show

Emporia Brands is championing armagnac with new activity to promote its brand Comte de Lauvia in UK bars and restaurants. It is gaining new distribution for the range which starts with the entry-level Fine, an eight-year-old VSOP and a 12-year-old XO and extends to vintages and Comte de Lauvia Extremely Rare blend of the best …

Calvados UKBG

Lucia Montanelli from The Dorchester in London is off to Normandy to take part in the European finals of a competition to encourage bartenders to use calvados in cocktails. Lucia (pictured centre) won the UK heat of the Calvados Nouvelle Vogue competition, organised by the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild and sponsored by calvados producers Dupont, …

st-remy honey brandy liqueur

A blend of French brandy and Provençal honey is being introduced to the UK on-trade by St-Rémy to capitalise on the popularity of flavoured spirits. The UK is one of the first markets in the world for the launch of the new liqueur which has been created by the makers of St-Rémy, the world’s number-one …

national calvados week pere magloire skylon

Bars across the UK are preparing for a week-long celebration of France’s apple brandy, calvados, with events, food pairings and cocktails. Running from Sunday October 26 to Saturday November 1, National Calvados Week has been co-ordinated by Emporia Brands, which champions the category through its brand Père Magloire. Special cocktails made with calvados will be …

A four-times-distilled Williams pear brandy made by monks in Slovenia has been introduced to the UK through specialist drinks company Lovenia. The clear, crisp spirit, which comes with a fully grown pear inside each bottle, has been produced in the Charterhouse Monastery in Pleterje at the foot of the Gorjanci mountains for the past 60 …