Giulia Cuccurullo, Patrón Perfectionists

Giulia Cuccurullo from Artesian Bar in London has been named the winner of Patrón Tequila’s Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition. The competition, which is now in its fifth year, challenged bartenders across the globe to create a “simply perfect” Patrón cocktail that embodies the traits of a true perfectionist: care and dedication, attention to detail, creativity …

Vestal Vodka new bottle

Vestal Vodka has secured a deal with Halewood, which is celebrated by a new bottle design and the release of Vestal’s 2015 vintage. Halewood will take a 48% share in the Vestal business for an undisclosed sum. Both family-owned drinks firms are determined to take advantage of what they see as the coming “revival” of …

Symposium logo

Hayman Distillers has launched Symposium Independent Spirits Merchant, a newly combined UK division to offer a range of spirits brands. The new division will bring together a portfolio of brands spanning gin, vodka, scotch, rum, tequila and sambuca, to be sold through a seven-strong on-trade and off-trade sales team spread across the UK. James Hayman …

Muhu Gin

Start-up lifestyle brand Muhu has launched a hibiscus-flavoured gin infused with CBD to the UK market. Created to embody millennial aspirations of travel, spontaneity and independence, Muhu is looking to release a range of spirits over the next few years which will each feature an infusion with natural trending products. The brand’s first release, Sweet …

Damoiseau fruit rums

Guadeloupe-based rum agricole distillery Damoiseau has launched two tropical fruit-flavoured rums in the UK. Promising to “bring Caribbean sunshine with every sip”, both Damoiseau Arranges Mango and Passion Fruit Rhum and Damoiseau Arranges Pineapple Vanilla Rhum feature freshly cut tropical fruit which “balances the grassiness of the agricole rum”. The “rounded” and “mellow” rums offer …

Salcombe Distilling Co Wolf Rock Rum

Salcombe Distilling Co has released Wolf Rock, its first ever limited edition cask aged rum. Wolf Rock (42.4% ABV) is named after an iconic nautical landmark at the entrance to Salcombe’s estuary and marks the beginning and end of the nineteenth-century voyages of the Salcombe Fruiters. Famous for carrying fresh fruits and spices around the …

Discarded Rum

William Grant & Sons has added a Caribbean rum infused with banana peel to its sustainable Discarded Spirit Co portfolio. The launch of Discarded Banana Peel Rum follows the success of Discarded Sweet Cascara Vermouth, a vermouth infused with cascara, the discarded fruit of the coffee berry, which made its debut to the UK market …

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 …

Top Beverages

UK-based CBD drinks producer Top Beverages has unveiled its inaugural range of nine craft spirits with CBD infusions. The range spans three separate collections: Classic, Spice and Signature. Bottled at navy strength, or 54.5% ABV, the spirits are distilled with 50mg of premium full spectrum THC-free CBD. The Classic Collection comprises Top Beverages’ Gin, distilled …

Twisted Nose Gin

Winchester Distillery has unveiled a new design for its flagship gin Twisted Nose. Originally launched five years ago, Twisted Nose combines Hampshire-grown watercress with juniper and eight other botanicals, including coriander seed grown in the South Downs and lavender from Long Barn in Alresford. Using 20% less glass and 95% less plastic, the gin is …