The Botanist Gin, produced at the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, has been named spirit of the year by leading retailer The Whisky Exchange (TWE). Describing it as a “cracking” and “unique” gin, TWE praised Bruichladdich for channelling “the inventive nature found in their whisky into the world of white spirits”. The Botanist is made up …

Warner Edwards Distillery near Northampton celebrated its first anniversary with the launch of its new Harrington Sloe Gin. The limited-edition sloe gin has been made with sloe berries that were picked by people across Northamptonshire in what was called the Warner Edwards Great British Sloe Swap. They were rewarded with an invite to the launch …

Award-winning bartender Leon Dalloway (pictured) is taking consumers on “gin voyages” as part of his new events company Shake Rattle and Stir. He puts together Gin Journey tours that take people round leading cocktail bars in London as well as City of London Distillery off Fleet Street so they can learn all about the spirit. …

The team behind Two Birds London Dry Gin have developed a new gin that has been created specifically for using in cocktails in the on-trade. Two Birds Cocktail Gin is produced through a distillation process that means the gin has a more intense juniper flavour so that when it is mixed with other spirits and …

Hayman Distillers has rolled out a repackaging of its gins to its higher-strength Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin. The new look brings it in line with Hayman’s core gin range, which was relaunched in June with branding that emphasises the owners’ rich history as a family gin distiller dating back to 1863. Introduced last year, …

Chase Distillery in Herefordshire is championing the traditional British mulberry with a new gin blend made with the fruit as well as sloe berries. Williams Chase Sloe and Mulberry Gin has been made by marinating Herefordshire hedgerow sloe berries that were picked after the first frost in November last year. After eight months left to …

A sloe gin has been released for the first time for Bloom London Dry Gin, made using traditional ingredients and techniques. Sloe Bloom Gin has been created by master distiller Joanne Moore and is produced in a traditional pot still by macerating hand-picked sloe berries to give it a rich ruby-red colour and flavour. On …

Jason Williams of The Rook bar in Sydney was the overall winner of the third annual Beefeater 24 Global Bartender Competition. At the Grand Finale in London, he won an all-expenses-paid trip to one of Beefeater’s key global markets to experience the local bartending culture. Jason beat 25 finalists with his Werewolves of London cocktail, …

Drinks by the Dram has produced four new advent calendars for lovers of gin and whisky, with different products to sample each day in the 24 days running up to Christmas. Building on the success of the original editions of The Whisky Advent Calendar and The Ginvent Calendar in 2012, this year’s range comprises advent …

The new Southwestern Distillery in Cornwall has launched the UK’s first pastis, made with gorse flowers foraged from Cornish clifftops, and a gin using locally grown violets. Made in a flame-fired copper pot still near Padstow, Cornish Pastis and Tarquin’s Gin have been developed by Tarquin Leadbetter who gave up a City job to pursue …