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Running Blog: Daily Updates In The UK Spirits Industry


The London Spirits Competition brings you the latest updates on what is happening in the UK spirits industry. Have a look.

December 1, 2021

Speakeasy Co. and BACARDÍ® Rum Join Forces on Limited-Edition Holiday Gift Pack

Today, leading platform Speakeasy Co. (Speakeasy) and BACARDÍ have announced a partnership on an exclusive holiday-themed gift pack, to include BACARDÍ® Reserva Ocho and a limited-edition holiday sweater.

August 13, 2021

Irish Whiskey Association launches tourism scheme

The Irish Whiskey Association has created a distillery passport initiative to encourage tourism.

August 12, 2021

Samuel Gelston’s whiskey gains Waitrose listing

Halewood Artisanal Spirits have launched Samuel Gelston’s Irish whiskey in Waitrose supermarket stores across the UK.

August 11, 2021

The Scottish distillery which is the first in the UK to reach net-zero emissions

Environmental Strategies Ltd has validated that the carbon footprint of the Nc'nean distillery is zero.

August 10, 2021

Diageo to acquire Mezcal Unión

Spirits giant Diageo is expanding its agave spirits portfolio with the purchase of Casa UM, owner of the Mezcal Unión brand.

August 9, 2021

Ardgowan gains £5m backing

Distil, a UK-based spirits company will spend up to £5 million (US$7 million) in Scotland's Ardgowan Distillery, which would also entail the construction of a standalone Blackwoods Gin factory on the same site.

August 8, 2021

Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila eyes global expansion

The 818 Tequila brand, founded by reality TV star Kendall Jenner, has announced plans to expand internationally in the first half of 2022 with a luxury-focused approach.

August 6, 2021

City Of London Bar And London Bartenders Association Launch ‘snapper Sundays’

Whitley Neill Gin's new home, City of London Bar, has partnered with the London Bartenders Association to organise a series of unique trade events dubbed "Snapper Sundays."

August 5, 2021

Hernö secures Waitrose listing

Hernö, a Swedish distillery, has expanded its foothold in the United Kingdom by introducing its Old Tom Gin in Waitrose stores.

August 4, 2021

Johnnie Walker Princes Street reveals opening date

Diageo is set to open the doors to its flagship Johnnie Walker visitor centre in Edinburgh next month.

August 3, 2021

Phillips Distilling Co debuts Cubist vodka

Minnesota-based spirits producer Phillips Distilling Company has unveiled a new vodka brand that is designed to be stored in the freezer – a ‘world first’ for the category.

August 2, 2021

Oxford Artisan Distillery Launches Its Second Batch Of Rye Whisky

The Oxford Artisan Distillery, the UK’s first certified organic grain-to-glass distillery, recently announced its second release of Oxford Rye Whisky.

July 30, 2021

Cocktail company Curatif gains AU$2.5m investment

Australian ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktail company Curatif has secured AU$2.5 million (US$1.9m) worth of funding, and distribution with Endeavour Group.

July 29, 2021

Camaret-sur-Mer. Vincent Conseil will open his own distillery

Vincent Conseil, originally from Loperhet, has worked in Rennes, Montpellier, and Quebec. He puts his bag down in Camaret-sur-Mer (Finistère), more exactly the Keraudren area, to create a distillery.

July 28, 2021

Whisky Distillery Says Its Entire Delivery Fleet Will Run On ‘green Biogas’

Glenfiddich, which makes single malt whisky, said that production residues from its distillery in Dufftown, Moray, will be converted into an “ultra-low carbon fuel gas that produces minimal carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions”.

July 27, 2021

LVMH wine and spirits sales soar 44% in H1

The wine and spirits arm of luxury goods company LVMH experienced significant double-digit growth during the first half of its 2021 financial year.

July 26, 2021

Macallan partners with Bentley Motors

Single malt Scotch The Macallan and luxury automotive manufacturer Bentley Motors have entered into a global brand partnership.

July 23, 2021

Cotswolds Distillery just launched a 3rd Wildflower gin and this one is green!

Well now Cotswolds No. 3 Wildflower Gin has arrived... and it's green.

July 22, 2021

North London Whisky Club plans summer series

Karen Taylor and Matt Chambers, the founders of the Whisky For Everyone blog, have launched the North London Whisky Club.

July 21, 2021

Cointreau sues Canopy Growth in trademark battle

Orange liqueur brand Cointreau has accused Canadian cannabis company Quatreau off trading off the liqueur’s name.

July 20, 2021

GBH moves into liqueurs with Joseph Cartron purchase

Chairman’s Reserve rum owner GBH has acquired French liqueur maker Joseph Cartron for an undisclosed sum.

July 19, 2021

Nc’nean is first net-zero whisky distillery in UK

Independent Scotch maker Nc’nean has become the first whisky distillery in the UK to achieve net-zero emissions.

July 16, 2021

The world’s first naturally ‘black gin’ changes colour when mixed with tonic

The world’s first naturally ‘black gin’ is ready to take gin drinkers’ summer by storm this year with its remarkable colour changing tipple that turns purple when mixed with tonic.

July 15, 2021

Angel’s Envy embarks on $8.2m distillery expansion

Bacardi-owned Angel’s Envy Bourbon has revealed an US$8.2 million expansion of its Louisville distillery and visitor centre, which is due to be completed next year.

July 14, 2021

Harpalion Spirits expands UK distribution

Scottish drinks group Harpalion Spirits has secured a UK distribution deal with BBB Drinks.

The only way is gin: The Essex firms making world-beating booze

Essex is establishing a name for itself. Not for Kevin and Sharons but wines and gin. Its legion of winegrowers and distillers have now been joined by Nikki Mendes from Leigh-on-Sea who has founded The Only Way Is Gin.

July 12, 2021

Beam Suntory's International Blended Whisky Oaksmith Gold Bags Global Recognition, Wins Big at International Awards Held in London and California for its Blends

Both variants of Oaksmith® win bronze at the London Spirits Competition, judged for quality, value, and packaging.

Nemiroff and Coca-Cola agree distribution in Moldova

Ukrainian vodka brand Nemiroff has extended its partnership with Coca-Cola HBC through a new distribution deal in Moldova.

July 9, 2021

Father-and-son duo to open £5m Welsh distillery

Entrepreneurs Andy and Rhys Mallows have revealed plans to build a £5 million (US$6.9m) distillery in south Wales, which will produce a Bourbon-style whisky.

July 8, 2021

Seven Hills Gin names new UK distributor

Marussia Beverages UK has taken over the distribution of Mercury Spirit-owned Seven Hills Gin.

July 7, 2021

Cheshire Botanicals Adds New Medal From The Global Spirits Masters To Growing List Of Awards For Nantwich Gin

This new medal joins the Silver award from the London Spirits Competition, announced in April, and a “Highly Commended” from the Gin Guide Awards 2021.

Asia Pacific alcohol sales to grow 2% in 2021

Alcohol sales in the Asia Pacific are predicted to rise by more than 2% in volume by the end of this year and could return to pre-Covid levels by 2025, according to data from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

July 6, 2021

Portwo Gin: the Porto-style gin that has won the silver medal in London

The city's new brand is successful abroad and won the jury of one of the biggest spirits competitions.

July 5, 2021

Stock Spirits Italia triumphs at the London Spirits Competition

On the occasion of the London Spirits Competition, Stock Spirits Italia wins 10 silver medals, winning with each product nominated in the competition.

Alicante gin Malabusca Gin conquers London and Hong Kong with two new medals for its quality

The premium distillate, devised by a group of entrepreneurs from Alicante and Elche and made entirely in the province, gets the silver medal in the London Spirits Competition 2021.

July 2, 2021

Marussia Beverages UK adds Seven Hill Gin to portfolio

Marussia Beverages UK which specialises in the distribution of authentic and artisanal spirits from around the world is taking over as the UK distributor of Mercury Spirit brand Seven Hill Gin. 

Nemiroff and Coca-Cola agree distribution in Moldova

Ukrainian vodka brand Nemiroff has extended its partnership with Coca-Cola HBC through a new distribution deal in Moldova.

July 1, 2021

Distill Ventures Pledges $5m To Minority Founders

Diageo-backed Distill Ventures will invest US$5 million in drinks brands founded by underrepresented groups to boost diversity in the industry.

See inside Scotland’s smallest distillery by Loch Ness

England is now home to almost 100 more distilleries than Scotland, as the popularity of gin continues to soar.

June 30, 2021

Edinburgh Gin Offers Dinner And Cocktail Prizes

Ian Macleod Distillers has unveiled a range of prizes for Edinburgh Gin consumers, including a gin-pairing dinner created by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin.

1800 Tequila’s New Campaign Stars Kali Uchis

Tequila brand 1800 has collaborated with two Grammy award winners, singer-songwriter Kali Uchis and director Jenn Nkiru, for a video campaign promoting its new Cristalino expression.

June 29, 2021

Mezcal Value Climbs In 2020

Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the total value of the mezcal category rose by 18% last year, according to the latest data from the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal (CRM).

June 28, 2021

Empirical adds to RTD range

Danish distiller Empirical has expanded its selection of canned drinks with a new Mediterranean-inspired beverage.

June 25, 2021

Michael B Jordan To Change Rum Name After Backlash

Actor Michael B Jordan will rename his J’Ouvert rum brand following accusations of cultural appropriation from the Caribbean community.

June 24, 2021

Piccadily Agro Industries Limited to set up distillery in UK

Piccadily Agro Industries Limited has purchased 1 Ordinary Share i.e., entire Shareholding in Portavadie Distillers and Blenders Ltd. at United Kingdom (GBR) for the purpose of establishing a distillery in United Kingdom for the manufacturing of spirit(s).

June 23, 2021

Pernod Ricard ups 2021 profit forecast

Jameson owner Pernod Ricard has raised its profit prediction for fiscal 2021 to 16% due to the acceleration of the on-trade.

June 22, 2021

Houghton-le-Spring gin distributor snaps up silver awards at spirits competition

Bryn Jones set up the distributor after his friend in Germany asked for help to sell his gin in the North East.

June 21, 2021

Mijenta Tequila launches in UK

Tequila brand Mijenta has expanded its distribution network and released its Blanco expression in the UK.

June 18, 2021

Luxco names new UK distributor

Luxco, which owns Lux Row Distillers and Limestone Branch Distillery in Kentucky, said the UK was a priority market for the firm and was part of its expansion strategy for Europe. Luxco’s sales in Europe rose by 20% in 2020.

June 17, 2021

Australia’s d’Arenberg snaps up Settlers Spirits

Trailblazing McLaren Vale winey d’Arenberg has acquired craft distillery Settlers Spirits and premium mixer brand Oceans Spirit for an undisclosed sum.

June 16, 2021

CBA Gin Co launches with Marrakech and California Gins

CBA Gin Co, the new London-based premium spirits brand, is launching its first two gins this month: Marrakech Gin and California Gin.

June 15, 2021

Holiday park teams up with Norfolk distiller to launch its own gin

A holiday park has teamed up with a local gin distiller to create a spirit inspired by flowers and berries growing on its land.

June 14, 2021

UK drinkers buy 30m bottles of flavoured gin

Flavoured gin sales in the UK surpassed £500 million (US$705m) for the first time, according to new figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

June 11, 2021

Rockstar Spirits secures £25,000 Dragons’ Den funding

Manchester-based rum producer Rockstar Spirits received a £25,000 (US$35,400) investment on hit BBC programme Dragons’ Den to help expand into new markets.

UK was the only country in Europe where drinking went up in lockdown

Britain is the only country in Europe that got through coronavirus lockdowns by drinking more alcohol, new research suggests.

Proof Drinks expands global presence

UK distributor Proof Drinks has launched in the Australian market, with an eye to further international expansion.

June 10, 2021

Ready for lift-off: Shetlands distillery launches space countdown gin

Shetland Reel distillery creates new gin to mark the official countdown to UK’s first-ever vertical satellite launch from the islands.

June 8, 2021

Stranger and Sons expands UK distribution

The Artisanal Spirits Company, owner of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), has made its debut on the stock market with a valuation of £78 million (US$110m).

Copeland Distillery toasts a taste of things to come

The Copeland Distillery in Donaghadee has got its first blended whiskey product, called Merchant's Quay, onto the shelves.

June 7, 2021

Black Cherry Flavour Joins Greenall's Gin Line-up

Quintessential Brands has added a Black Cherry flavoured gin to its Greenall’s range.

Chapel Down Seeks £7 Million In Funding

English wine and spirits producer Chapel Down is looking to raise £6.9 million (US$9.7m) through crowdfunding and existing shareholders.

June 3, 2021

Column Still Whisky Released By Copper Rivet

Kent’s Copper Rivet Distillery has released a malt whisky made in a column still as the second limited edition in its Masthouse range.

Tobago Gold Liqueur Gains Investment

Caribbean rum liqueur brand Tobago Gold has secured its first equity investment from a Portugal-based backer.

June 2, 2021

Mangrove Grows Alcohol-free Offering With Sea Arch

Non-alcoholic ‘spirit’ producer Sea Arch has appointed Mangrove as its UK distributor.

June 1, 2021

Foursquare Distillery Backs Rum History Research

RL Seale & Company, owner of Foursquare Distillery, is funding research into Barbados’ rum history, which will support the island’s application for a geographical indication (GI).

London’s Bimber Distillery Unveils The Spirit Of The Underground Whisky Collection

In partnership with Transport for London, the London-based Bimber Distillery recently launched The Spirit of the Underground Collection.

May 31, 2021

Ron Cabezon Signs Distribution With Gordon & Macphail

Botanical rum brand Ron Cabezon has signed a distribution deal with Gordon & MacPhail.

Experts Urge Minimum Alcohol Pricing In England After Survey Shows Success

Policy in Scotland and Wales has reduced consumption in heaviest drinking households

May 28, 2021

Official Buckingham Palace sloe gin goes on sale

The Royal Collection Trust (RCT) launched the latest addition to its drinks collection following the success of its London dry gin last summer.

Salud! State Line Distillery debuts London Dry gin, expanded patio

This week, Mleziva and Chloe have a new spirit to introduce: State Line’s London Dry gin. As of Friday, the London Dry will be taking over most of the cocktails in the tasting room at 1413 Northern Court.

May 27, 2021

James Davis MW joins Henkell Freixenet

Sparkling wine specialist Henkell Freixenet has appointed Master of Wine James Davis as its new vice president for product development.

Amber Beverage Reports ‘resilient’ Full-year Sales

Luxembourg-based Amber Beverage Group saw organic sales increase 11% last year, boosted by its strong presence in the Baltics.

May 26, 2021

Diageo Pledges £4.5m To Covid-19 Relief

Johnnie Walker owner Diageo has promised £4.5 million (US$6.3m) to support India’s Covid-19 relief efforts.

Scottish gin producer Eden Mills signs distribution deal with French spirits group

Scottish gin producer Eden Mills has signed a distribution deal with Frances’s second largest spirits company La Martiniquaise-Bardinet  (LM-B Group) which is likely to unlock considerable growth for the Scottish distillery.  

May 25, 2021

Amber Beverage Rebrands Cellar Trends

Luxembourg-based Amber Beverage Group has changed the name of its distributor Cellar Trends to Amber Beverage UK.

UK Shopper Numbers Rise On Indoor Hospitality Reopening

Shopper numbers across Britain rose 1.1% in the week to May 22 compared with the previous week, helped by the reopening of indoor hospitality after months of COVID-19 lockdown, researcher Springboard said on Monday.

May 21, 2021

Maharani Gin Wins Silver at London Spirits Competition 2021

Maharani — A fusion of two creative cultures, a gin of truly transcendent taste.

Lakes Distillery anticipates 70% production growth

English producer The Lakes Distillery expects to see the production of its single malt whisky grow 70% in the next year, as it forges ahead with its £3.5 million (US$4.95m) expansion plans.

May 20, 2021

Pinkster Gin Has Launched Two Dreamy New Summer Spritzes With Hibiscus And Elderflower

They're made with the gin-soaked raspberries leftover from creating the iconic pink gin... yum

Gordon’s Brings Back Sicilian Lemon Gin For The Summer - Where To Get It

GORDON'S is bringing a taste of Italy to the UK with the Sicilian Lemon Gin. Fresh and zesty, it's the perfect summer drink - find out how to get it.

May 19, 2021

Royal Mash Vintage Vodka Unveils New Look

UK label manufacturer The Label Makers has produced a new design for English vodka brand Royal Mash.

North Coast 500's Best Whisky And Gin Distilleries

The North Coast 500 is one of Scotland's most popular driving routes and for very good reason, not only is it filled with spectacular roads, stunning scenery and top-notch hospitality but it's also an ideal way to get out and see the best of what the Highlands have to offer.

U.S., Europe trade talks good news for Kentucky bourbon

An announcement Monday morning by the European Union and the United States to start trade discussions on steel and aluminum will have an impact on other products, including Kentucky bourbon.

May 18, 2021

Hooch Extends Into Spirits With Trio Of Flavoured Variants

Hooch is extending out of RTDs with the launch of three flavoured spirits.

UK drinkers spent £412m on RTDs in 2020

According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, ready-to-drink sales in the UK off-trade rose 23% last year as consumers experimented with smaller formats. 

May 17, 2021

La Martiniquaise to distribute Eden Mill in UK

French drinks group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet has taken on the UK distribution rights for Scottish distiller Eden Mill.

Craft gin maker Mt Uncle: the 'hobby' that became a world-beater

Mt Uncle's Botanic Australis Navy Strength Gin has just received top honours at the 2021 London Spirits Competition.

May 14, 2021

Glyph Molecular Spirits & Creator's Cut Collect Gold and Silver Medals in 2021 Top Spirit Awards

Molecular spirits manufacturer, Endless West, has continued its medaling streak at top blind tasting spirits competitions this year.

High Spirits As Shropshire Distillery Scoops Top International Award

The award for the Oswestry-based business follows the gold at the London Spirits Competition for the distillery's Charcoal Filtered Vodka.

Warmed Rum: Planning Green Light For UK's First Geothermal Rum Distillery

The UK's first geothermal rum distillery and cask maturation facility could be coming to Cornwall after the ambitious project was this week granted outline planning permission by the Cornwall Council.

Byron Bay’s first ever matured spirit wins gold medal at London Spirit Competition

Lord Byron Distillery’s Pure Single Rum was awarded a gold medal in the London Spirits Competition in April this year.

May 13, 2021

Audemus Spirits Adds Umami Gin To Its UK Portfolio

Umami Gin is being distributed and marketed by BBB Drinks. It will be available exclusively at The Spirits Kiosk for a month starting on 18th May.

Beam Suntory And Edrington Switch Distribution Firms

The Macallan owner Edrington will take full ownership of Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, while Beam Suntory will become the owner of Maxxium Spain.

Ramsbury’s Cocktails of the Highest Order

The biggest winner at the 2021 London Spirits Competition, the Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka took home the honours of Spirit of the Year, Vodka of the Year, Best in Show by Country award and the Best Spirit by Quality award for its 96-point haul. 

May 12, 2021

Diageo Predicts ‘strong Recovery’ In Fiscal 2021

Diageo has entered into an agreement with the UBS AG London bank to enable the firm to buy back shares for a value of up to £500,000 (US$706,000). The deal is expected to end no later than 12 November 2021.

Drinks maker Moët Hennessy predicts liquor ‘renaissance’

Wine and spirits maker Moët Hennessy is anticipating a “post-Covid renaissance” as consumers flock to newly reopened bars and restaurants and splash out on pricier brands on a quest for celebration.

May 11, 2021

15 Of The Top New London Restaurant Announcements

From brands expanding their franchises to new pubs to fighting evictions and to lots of pizza joints, here is our breakdown of the 15 top new London restaurant announcements.

App Helps British Hospitality Get #BACKINSERVICE

Pizza Express have announced they are recruiting 1000 new staff, and whilst approximately 300 of these will be filled by the Government’s Kickstart scheme, they will need to find an additional 700, from across the country, and quickly.

May 10, 2021

Saigon Baigur Dry Gin enters Europe

Vietnamese brand Saigon Baigur Dry Gin has agreed with a distribution deal with Silverbogen in Switzerland and Germany.

In focus: How Spiritrade is dealing with supply vs demand dynamics

As the drinks industry starts to reopen, the industry now faces a new challenge – supply.

May 7, 2021

Handwritten recipe book inspires Ribble Valley firm to global Gin award

Fiona and Hamish McNeill of Bashall Spirits with their award-winning Damson and Elderberry Gin. 

Ukraine Seizes First Batch of ‘Chernobyl Spirits’ Bound for UK

Ukrainian authorities have confiscated the first batch of spirit drinks made from apples grown near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the beverage's British makers said Friday.

May 6, 2021

Byron Bay’s first-ever matured spirit wins gold medal at London Spirit Competition

Lord Byron Distillery’s Pure Single Rum was awarded a gold medal in the London Spirits Competition in April this year, obtaining a score of 92 out of 100. 

Craft Works Distillery puts Capertee on the map winning bronze in London Spirits competition

Craft Works Distillery owner Craig 'Crafty received a bronze medal at the recent London Spirits Competition. 

May 5, 2021

Caribbean Gin scores Silver Medal at London Spirits Competition 2021

Blue Light Distillery wins a Silver medal at the 4th London Spirits Competition for its Caribbean Gin, which took place in London on March 17, 2021. The medal is an ultimate endorsement in the global spirits industry. 

The Standard's New Rooftop Bar Has the Best View of London This Summer

Inspired by the popular sun trap at their New York outpost, the open-air drinking spot has arrived at just the right moment

May 4, 2021

Gordon & MacPhail Release 67 YO Scotch Whisky: Mr George Legacy 1953 From Glen Grant Distillery

Gordon & MacPhail’s release of “Mr George” is both the story of an extraordinary man and a living history of the rise of single malt Scotch whisky.

Bottoms Up! County Durham-made Gin Scoops National Award

South Hetton-based WL Distillery has been awarded the Silver medal at the London Spirits Competition 2021 for their debut 1st Edition Gin.

May 3, 2021

Muyu Vetiver Gris: The Best Designed Brand In London Spirits Competition

“Earthy, woody, mystical, intriguing and endless.” No, it’s not a line from the start of a chapter in Lord of the Rings but how Dutch spirits company, De Kuyper Royal Distillers, describes its award winning Muyu Vetiver Gris liqueur that was named the best designed and packaged product to be entered into the 2021 London Spirits Competition.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey adds Original Cask Finish range

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has announced the release of the Bushmills Original Cask Finish range, a new series that “delivers a fresh perspective” on the iconic Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey.

April 30, 2021

Bar Closures Hit Marie Brizard Q1 Sales

Paris-based Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits (MBWS) saw sales slide 6.9% in the first three months of 2021 as on-trade closures in Europe affected exports.

Durham-Based WL Distillery Award The Silver Medal At The London Spirits Competition 2021

In its fourth year, the prestigious competition is an annual judging of international spirits organised by the Beverage Trade Network. The Silver medal is an ultimate endorsement in the global spirits industry.

April 29, 2021

Gin Made In County Durham Wins Award From Spirits Judges

WL Distillery, in South Hetton, has been awarded the silver medal at the London Spirits Competition 2021 for its debut 1st Edition Gin.

London Spirits Competition Winners Press Coverage

Get international press and consumer awareness for your spirits. Recent media coverage for 2021 winners!

April 28, 2021

Bus Whiskey Wins Silver Again In London

Bus Whiskey again wins silver at the international London Spirits Competition.

Glasgow Whisky To Build Scotch Distillery

Scotland’s Glasgow Whisky is planning to build its first Scotch distillery after acquiring the Tromie Mills Distillery in Speyside.

April 27, 2021

IZO Tequila Extra Añejo Cristalino Wins Tequila Of The Year

Exceptional taste, beautiful presentation and customer value bring the IZO Spirits Extra Añejo Cristalino Tequila to the top spot.

Entrepreneurs’ lockdown invention wins big at London competition

James and Kim Martin-Brown, owners of Martin & Brown whose drinks are created in East Anglia, scooped two silver medals at the London Spirit Competition.  

April 26, 2021

Two Floating Venues With Restaurants And Bars Set To Open In Canary Wharf

A pair of huge floating pavilions have been built on the River Thames at Canary Wharf, where they are set to become permanent entertainment spaces, including restaurants and bars.

IZO 100% Agave Tequila Extra Añejo Cristalino Wins Tequila Of The Year At London Spirits Competition

IZO 100% Agave Tequila Extra Añejo Cristalino Tequila has been awarded as Tequila of the Year at the fourth London Spirits Competition on March 17 2021.

April 23, 2021

Pernod Ricard Records Return To Sales Growth In Q3

French drinks group Pernod Ricard has posted a return to organic sales growth in its Q3 results and is now predicting 10% profit growth in FY21. 

Geraldine Gin Distellery Awarded Silver Medals In International Competition

Humdinger Gin Distillery's dry and citrus gins won silver medals at the recent London Spirit Competition.

April 22, 2021

Medal Winners In The Fourth London Spirits Competition Announced

With so many spirits brands competing for space in any premium back bar, how do you choose one vodka, gin, whisky, or mezcal over another? The medal winners in the fourth annual London Spirits Competition is a great place to look.

Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka Wins Spirits Of The Year Award

Ramsbury Estates’s Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka has just secured the best spirit of the year award at the 2021 London Spirits Competition.

April 21, 2021

The London Spirits Competition Announces 2021 Top Medalists

The London Spirit Competition is annual judging of international spirits organized by the Beverage Trade Network. Now in its fourth year, the competition judges the entries on three primary criteria: quality, value and packaging on a 100-point scale.

Kirker Greer Spirits Wins Gold & 16 other medals at the London Spirits Competition

Kirker Greer Spirits have had success at the London Spirits Competition 2021, with its brands winning 17 commendations, including a Gold medal for Jawbox Gin Rhubarb & Ginger liqueur.

April 21, 2021

The Savoy Opens Outdoor Bar In Forecourt For First Time

For the first time in its 132-year history, The Savoy hotel in London will be opening an outdoor bar and dining experience in its forecourt in collaboration with Islay distiller Bowmore. 

April 20, 2021

The 15 Best Bars And Pubs In London For Outdoor Drinks

From boutique cocktail joints to art-bedecked rooftop bars and leafy beer gardens, we round up 15 of the most atmospherical fresco drinking spots in the capital — all now open for bookings.

Ardbeg launches ‘Scorch’ to celebrate Fèis Ìle

Islay distiller Ardbeg has bottled a limited edition Scotch whisky called Scorch to celebrate the annual Fèis Ìle festival. 

April 19, 2021

Santa Teresa® 1796 Wins Gold Medal At 2021 London Spirits Competition

SANTA TERESA, Venezuela's oldest producer of award-winning single-estate rum, announces today that its SANTA TERESA 1796 rum has been awarded a gold medal rating at the 2021 London Spirits Competition.

Venezuelan Rum Conquers London

Celiveca raised the name of Venezuela with its participation in the London Spirits Competition 2021, where the Barrica and Ultra Añejo Caballo Viejo rums obtained silver medals.

April 16, 2021

UK’s Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka is the Best Spirit of 2021

Awarded ‘Spirit of the Year’, UK’s Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka steals the show at the 2021 London Spirits Competition.

Big Success For Isle Of Skye Distillers At 2021 London Spirits Competition

Isle of Skye Distillers have won Gold (and several Silver) medals at the 4th London Spirits Competition, which took place in London in March. 

Warrenpoint Distillery Adds Vodka To Spirits Portfolio

Mourne Dew picked up silver medals for its two single malt and blended Irish whiskeys, its Kilbroney Gin, and Hazelnut Poitin at the prestigious London Spirits Competition.

April 15, 2021

Cheshire: Debut Offering From New Craft Distillery Lands Award

Nantwich Gin, created by Cheshire Botanicals, was awarded by the judges at the London Spirits Competition 2021. 

Butcher Cris Wins Prizes With Its Limoncello

The Zwevezeel butcher Cris Algoedt wins three silver medals at the London Spirits Competition with his digestives.

Saint Teresa 1796 Received A Gold Medal At The London Spirits Competition

The Super Premium rum from the house Santa Teresa 1796 received the gold medal in the fourth edition of the London Spirits Competition for its quality and packaging design.

April 14, 2021

The List of Top Spirits To Drink is Out!

Spirits from all over the world participated in the fourth annual London Spirits Competition, which took place in London on March 17, 2021. 

The Quai Distillery Wins A Gold Medal At The Prestigious London Spirits Competition

La Distillerie du Quai, located in Bécancour, has just won a gold medal at the most prestigious London Spirits Competition, thanks to its gin Sophia.

April 13, 2021

2021 London Spirits Competition Winners Announced

Spirits from all over the world participated in the fourth annual London Spirits Competition, which took place in London on March 17, 2021. 

Covid Lockdown Eases: England 'buzzing' After First Night Out In 97 Days

"Exciting", "slightly scary" and "an absolutely riot" were some of the verdicts from drinkers enjoying their first night out in months as England reopened outdoor hospitality.

April 12, 2021

The List of Top Spirits To Drink is Out!

2021 Spirit Of The Year - Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka scored 96 points making it the top score in the 2021 London Spirits Competition.

April 9, 2021

Glen Scotia Marks Festival With 10-year-old Whisky

Scotch whisky distillery Glen Scotia has released a 10-year-old expression to celebrate this year’s Campbeltown Malts Festival.

April 8, 2021

Ten Locks To Distribute Langley’s Gin

Distribution company Ten Locks has added Langley’s Gin to its portfolio, marking the firm’s first move into English gin.

April 7, 2021

Changing Market Forces Push ‘more Modern’ Whisky Breed To The Front

According to new IWSR research, hanging market forces are pushing a new, more modern breed of whisky to the forefront, with the evolving category landscape encouraging producers to innovate.

Former Pernod Ricard Uk Boss Joins Kingsland Drinks

Manchester-based drinks supplier Kingsland Drinks Group has appointed the former managing director of Pernod Ricard UK and former WSTA chairman, Denis O’Flynn, as a non-executive director.

April 6, 2021

UK Distribution Firm Collective Spirits Launches

A new distribution company has been established to market a portfolio of Tequilas, piscos, rums and other spirits in the UK.

April 5, 2021

Greenbar Upgrades Rtd Facilities After Sales Boost

Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery has invested US$2 million in ready-to-drink cocktail production after sales of its canned serves grew 384% in 2020.

April 2, 2021

Spirits Overtake Wine In Shopping Baskets

Spirits reached a major milestone in 2020, overtaking wine to become the largest category in terms of penetration in the off-trade for the first time in at least five years.

April 1, 2021

Government Further Relaxes Outdoor Dining Rules Ahead Of Reopening

The UK government will remove planning requirements in a bid to increase the number of places allowed to open after coronavirus lockdown on 12 April, the current date for the resumption of outdoor dining.

London's Best Outdoor Bars And Restaurants To Visit After April 12th

The roadmap to ease England out of coronavirus restrictions means that we can visit outdoor hospitality venues from 12th April. 


Bruichladdich Launches ‘Micro Provenance’ Single Cask Release

Scotch distillery Bruichladdich has released its first new ‘Micro Provenance’ single cask release in Southeast Asia.


Tito’s Appoints Italian Distributor

Tito’s will be available in Italy’s bars, restaurants and retail stores through Genova-based distributor Velier from today (29 March).


Bruichladdich Launches ‘micro Provenance’ Single Cask Release

Scotch distillery Bruichladdich has released its first new ‘Micro Provenance’ single cask release in Southeast Asia.

David Beckham Helps Create New Orange-infused Summer Spirit

Haig Club has unveiled a fruity new flavour - Haig Club Mediterranean Orange Spirit Drink - created with Global Brand Partner, David Beckham.


Bibmer Submits Plans for New Dunphail Scotch Whisky Distillery

The new distillery will also house a floor malting facility and traditional kiln to process 100% of the distillery’s barley. 

Isle Of Barra Distillers Seeks £5m For Whisky Distillery

Spirits producer Isle of Barra Distillers has revealed plans to build a whisky and gin distillery, complete with a visitor centre, on the Scottish island.


Lockdown Creating Demand For Spirits And Cocktails Kits, Research Reveals

Regionally, those from London, Manchester, and the South East are most likely to kick start their weekend celebrations with a gin & tonic (42%), whereas those from Birmingham and Scotland are keen on a glass of wine (47%).

Video Highlights Plight Of Those In UK Hospitality

Produced by the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) in conjunction with Rich Energy, the short video – which can be watched below – covers the different business types in the hospitality sector that have suffered during this crisis.


Ni Firm Gets Captain Sir Tom Moore Gin

An off-licence in Co. Fermanagh has taken delivery of the first bottles of ‘Captain Sir Tom’s Gin’ to go on sale locally.

Burleighs Gin Raises £250k To Support New Product Launches

Craft distiller Burleighs Gin has raised a further £250,000 to scale its operations and grow its sales team.


Some Very Good Restaurants Are Opening Next Month in London

London’s restaurant scene is a resilient old thing, however. Much like an unskilled but useful boxer, it can absorb a beating. Case in point: the clutch of extremely good restaurants set to open in the next month or so.

London Cocktail Week Plans Month-long Festival For 2021

For 2021, London Cocktail Week will once again hold a month-long event to support the city’s on-trade as it recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Christmas And Valentine’s Day Champagne Sales ‘incredible’ In UK

According to specialist Champagne businesses in the UK, including the biggest player in the sector – Moët Hennessy – Covid-19 related restrictions have created a surge in retail sales for the upmarket French fizz, particularly if you are a famous brand, and especially via online channels.

Isle Of Raasay Celebrates Scots Makar With Whisky

The Isle of Raasay Distillery has bottled a single cask Scotch whisky to mark the end of poet Jackie Kay’s tenure as Scots Makar, and will donate a portion of sales to charity.


Wild Geese Whiskey Teams Up With London Irish Rugby Club

Premium Irish spirits brand The Wild Geese is teaming up with London Irish Rugby Club to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.

Redbreast Launches Limited Edition 10-year-old Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey label Redbreast is celebrating the 30th anniversary since the brand was resurrected with the launch of a 10-year-old expression.


Constellation Gives $10m To Support Black-Owned Firms

Svekda vodka owner Constellation Brands has pledged US$10 million to the Clear Vision Impact Fund, which invests in Black and minority-owned businesses.

Can Green And Orange Mix? London Bars Gear Up For St. Patrick's Day

London bar and restaurant owners are awaiting St. Patrick’s Day with bated breath, while the student council at Western University is urging green-clad revellers to stick to public health rules and forgo get-togethers.


Pernod Ricard Takes Majority Stake In Colombian Rum Brand La Hechicera

French drinks group Pernod Ricard has acquired a majority stake in Colombian rum brand La Hechicera for an undisclosed sum.


Whitley Neill Gin Production Heads To London

Halewood Artisanal Spirits have moved production of English gin brand Whitley Neill from the West Midlands to London.

The Majority Of Britons Think You Should Require A Vaccine Passport To Go To Bars And Pubs

According to new research from YouGov, a majority of Britons support the rollout of a vaccine passport system, with more than half believing you should require proof of a vaccine to go to the pub.


Halewood Artisanal Spirits Shifts Whitley Neill Production To London

Halewood Artisanal Spirits have announced that is moving the production of Whitley Neill gin to its City of London Distillery in central London.

London’s Best Rooftop Bars And Outdoor Drinking Spots To Meet Friends And Family

Here are London’s top rooftop bars and outdoor hospitality venues to visit when Government guidelines allow it.


Drinks Sector Reacts To UK Budget 2021

The UK budget set out a number of investments and measures to help the industry recover from the pandemic.

Double Dutch Launches Scholarship Programme For Emerging Female Bartenders

Leading premium tonic and mixer brand Double Dutch is celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th March by kicking off its annual Female Bartender Scholarship Programme.


New Kenyan Gin Shines A Light On African Juniper

The first gin in the world to be made with fresh juniper Procera berries grown in the highlands of Kenya, from which the gin takes its name, Procera has gone on sale in the UK priced at £70 a bottle with Enotria&Coe looking after the UK distribution.

Two Days Vodka Soda Secures £185,000

Ready-to-drink brand Two Days has gained a £185,000 (US$258,000) investment to accelerate its growth in the UK.


Travel Retail Spirits Sales Could Hit $16.10bn In 2027

Spirits sales in global travel retail (GTR) are predicted to rise to US$16.1 billion by 2027 boosted by demand for blended whisky and Asia Pacific.

How Spiritrade Is Helping An Industry In Crisis

While the drinks industry around the world is still beleaguered by Covid-19, Brexit and tariffs, Spiritrade is taking action to mitigate these problems.


Sazerac Appoints Dyspatchr As Singapore Importer

Singapore-based alcohol distributor Dyspatchr has been appointed the master importer and distributor for Sazerac’s Bond & Royal Portfolio.

The Lowdown: Al Fresco April

With restaurants champing at the bit to reopen, many – particularly in the capital – are looking to make use of what outside space they have in order to unlock in April.


Whitley Neill Gin Production Heads To London

Halewood Artisanal Spirits has moved production of English gin brand Whitley Neill from the West Midlands to London.

Saint James To Release New Rum In International Markets

Agricole rum brand Saint James is to release its pure cane VSOP rum in international markets next month having already launched the product in France.


Salford’s Kingsland Drinks Brings The Hidden Sea To UK Stores

Kingsland Drinks, exclusive UK distributor of The Hidden Sea’s four-strong range of wines, has secured listings with Sainsbury’s and Co-op stores to stock the sustainable Australian wine brand. 

Dates Announced For UK Hospitality Reopening

The UK government has laid out the timeframe for the reopening of the hospitality sector and easing of wider lockdown restrictions in England.


Chinese Brandy Koya Launches In The UK

High-end Chinese brandy Koya, produced by China’s oldest wine and spirits maker, Changyu, is launching in the UK this month through drinks distributor Bibendum.

Final Call For London Spirits Competition

Register before 22 February 2021 and get your spirits judged by the world's top bartenders and spirits buyers.


Pernod Ricard UK Predicts ‘Massive Boom’ In On-trade Sales

David Haworth, the head of Pernod Ricard UK, is expecting a “massive boom” in on-trade sales when restrictions on opening are eased.


Elixir Distillers Gains Approval For Islay Distillery

Spirits producer and bottler Elixir Distillers has been granted approval to build a Scotch whisky distillery on the Scottish island of Islay.

Neptune Rum Sells 50% Stake

Spirits producer Babco UK has purchased a 50% stake in Neptune Rum in a bid to establish the brand globally.


UK Distillery Numbers Hit Record High In 2020

The number of distilleries in the UK reached a record high in 2020, with more than 100 new registrations, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.


Visit London's First-Ever Absinthe Distillery

London’s first absinthe distillery has opened in east London in a suitably trippy location.

Tanqueray Launches Blackcurrant Gin

High-end gin brand Tanqueray is hoping to capitalise on the flavoured gin boom with the launch of a blackcurrant expression called Blackcurrant Royale.


Fabergé Unveils Us$2m Seven-piece Irish Whiskey Set

Jewellery firm Fabergé has teamed up with The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. to release the Emerald Isle Collection, which costs US$2 million and includes two bottles of 30-year-old whiskey and a Fabergé Celtic egg.

When Will Restaurants Reopen? New Government Source Speculates It May Not Be For Months

Ready to get back to restaurants already? 


Stock Spirits Reports ‘strong’ Off-trade Sales

 Prestige vodka owner Stock Spirits reported a ‘strong’ off-trade performance for the 2020/21 first quarter, offsetting its ‘lower than expected’ on-trade sales.

Nemiroff Signs Distribution Deal With Coca-cola

Ukrainian vodka producer Nemiroff has signed an agreement with Coca-Cola HBC Italia that will see its brands distributed in Italy by the soft drinks giant.


Tito’s Names New Distributors In Switzerland And Cyprus

 Texas-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka has agreed new distribution partnerships in Switzerland and Cyprus.

London Covid: The Earliest Date Pubs And Restaurants Could Open Again

The hospitality sector contributed more than £16 billion to London's economy in a single year.


Spirits Focus: How Merser & Co Is Bringing Rum Back To London

 Very few Londoners seem to know the history of the city’s rum blending houses and how London was a hub of rum in the early 1900s. 

Bacardi Reveals Cocktail Trends For 2021

Gin is the spirit of most interest to bartenders globally, according to Bacardi’s new on-trade trends report for 2021.


John Crabbie & Co Launches 28yo Whisky

Halewood Artisanal Spirits have released 260 bottles of Crabbie 1992 Speyside Single Malt whisky in the UK.


Cooper King Distillery's Gins Are Now Carbon-negative

Cooper King Distillery has announced it now produces carbon-negative gins as part of its ongoing commitment to fighting climate change.

How Bartenders Use London Spirits Competition To Keep On Top Of Trends

Even in lockdown, the best bartenders are constantly looking to hone their skills and keep on top of the latest drinks trends which makes judging the London Spirits Competition even more important.  


Japanese Yamazaki And Hakushu Distillery To Offer Virtual Tour Experience

Yamazaki and Hakushu, two celebrated Japanese whisky distilleries are offering an immersive virtual tour of their distillery for whisky lovers.

Sis4ers Distillery Launches 20cl Bottles For Its Gin Range

English gin distillery Sis4ers is encouraging more people to sample and enjoy its spirits with a range of 20cl bottles.


The UK’s New Michelin-Starred Restaurants Revealed

Helping to smash stereotypes, female chefs led the way in the 2021 Michelin Guide to the UK, with Hélène Darroze and Clare Smyth both scooping three stars.

Spirits Focus: How Merser & Co Is Bringing Rum Back To London

When we refer to London gin, we know exactly what we’re talking about, for London has long been considered the global capital of gin. But London’s rum history has very little awareness. Very few Londoners seem to know the history of the city’s rum blending houses and how London was a hub of rum in the early 1900s. 


Record-breaking Christmas Wine Sales For Concha Y Toro Uk

Concha y Toro wine brands Trivento and Casillero del Diablo have enjoyed record-breaking UK Christmas sales due to “the unprecedented trading situation”.

Uber Eats Sees Demand For No-abv Drinks Soar 280%

Sales of non-alcoholic ‘spirits’ and alcohol-free cocktails via delivery service Uber Eats have soared 280% so far this January compared with last year.


Bacardi Launches Cocktail Campaign In Singapore

Bacardi has launched a new marketing campaign in Singapore called #CraftedForYou, which encourages customers to shop the brand’s portfolio of spirits with the promise of complimentary cocktails at top bars in the city.

Final Call to Enter your Spirits in the 2021 London Spirits Competition

When the London Spirits Competition puts together a judging panel, we make sure it’s nothing but the best.


Rémy Martin Unveils Music-inspired Vsop Bottle

Cognac house Rémy Martin has released a limited edition bottle design for its VSOP expression to celebrate musical culture from the 1980s and 1990s.


Mangrove UK Adds Copenhagen's Empirical

Mangrove UK has joined forces with Empirical to distribute the Copenhagen-based distillery’s spirits and RTDs.

Douglas Laing & Co Offer Distillery Warehouse For Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout

The Glasgow-based whisky business has offered one of their warehouses for use during the coronavirus vaccine roll out.


Jason Derulo Partners With Bedlam Vodka

Singer-songwriter Jason Derulo has joined the team at North Carolina-based Graybeard Distillery, becoming a partner of the company to lead the branding of Bedlam Vodka.

Seagram's Blenders Pride Wins Three Internationally Acclaimed Awards

Pernod Ricard India Subsidiary Seagram Distilleries Private Ltd Won The Gold Award At Monde Selection 2020, Gold Medal At The Fifty Best, And Bronze Medal For Blenders Pride At London Spirits Competition 2020.


Ambleside Distillers gains AU$260,152 investment

Australian gin producer Ambleside Distillers has secured AU$260,152 (US$200,000) in government funding to expand its business.

Craft Gin Maker Nao Spirits and Beverages raises USD 2 million in Series A funding

“It has been heartening to receive a tangible vote of confidence from our new and existing investors who have got behind us in this time which has proven to be challenging for most,” Anand Virmani, cofounder of Nao Spirits and Beverages said in a press statement.


Brown-Forman: ‘RTD alcohol growth this year has exceeded expectations’

The RTD alcohol category has seen volume growth of 43% globally this year, according to figures from IWSR: all the more impressive when plotted against an 8% decline in global alcohol.

How A Hospitality Minister Would Help The On-trade

With the hospitality industry one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, there are calls for greater support. Isabelle Gray speaks to UK restaurant owners and chefs to find out how a Hospitality Minister would help their businesses.


Devil’s Botany is London’s ‘first’ absinthe distillery

East London-based producer Devil’s Botany has become the city’s ‘first’ absinthe distillery.

Seventeen Distilling Projects Receive Government Green Funding

Seventeen distilling projects in England and Scotland have received the first phase of a £10 million government-backed funding project to help them switch to low carbon fuels.


UK distillers gain up to £75,000 to go green

The UK government has given up to £75,000 (US$101,200) for sustainability projects by producers including Bruichladdich and the Cornish Geothermal Rum Distillery as part of its £10 million (US$13.5m) green fund.


Constellation sees wine and spirits grow in Q3

Svedka vodka owner Constellation Brands experienced an improved performance for wine and spirits during the third quarter of its 2021 fiscal year.


How Spiritrade Is Putting Safety First

With safety and security being essential in the drinks industry, Spiritrade’s solid vetted marketplace aims to combat these issues, says founder Jimmy Metta.

Unicorn Tears Gin rebrands and releases full-strength gins

Unicorn Tears Gin has unveiled a new brand iteration, with a new full-strength gin recipe and bottle design.


2.7 Million People Have Given Up On Dry January

Only six days into the new year and reports show that 2.7 million people have already given up their attempts at Dry January, according to a snap poll by KAM Media.

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Direct Wines Appoints Ex Brewdog And Diageo Exec As New Ceo

Direct Wines has appointed David Gates, a former Diageo senior exec, who more recently headed up BrewDog’s spirits arm, as its new CEO.

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Hard seltzer brand Lilo launches in UK

The Alcoholic Water Company has released Lilo, which is said to have the lowest alcohol and calorie content of any hard seltzer currently available in the UK.

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No.3 Gin: the key to success

Drawing together the perfect balance of juniper, citrus and spice, No.3 Gin makes for the most refreshing G&T, clean, crisp Martini or distinctive Negroni.

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Wine, Spirits, And Food: The Books To Buoy You Through Winter

Winter’s back, right on time. While the season of low light and short days doesn’t manifest the same in every state – looking at you Florida and California – those in the north are largely trapped indoors.

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Low and no alcohol beverages to get a boost from dry January

Sales of “no- and low-” alcohol drinks have received a boost from Dry January, and now a record number of Brits plan to partake in the challenge in 2021.

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UK to begin using Oxford Covid vaccine as PM strikes hopeful tone

Boris Johnson says he hopes the pace of vaccination can be ramped up to protect tens of millions in months.

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Cocktails To Make at Home This New Year's Eve Stay-In

For New Year’s Traditionalists, there can be only one glass in hand when the clock strikes 12, and that’s a champagne flute.

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Top Liquor Brand Seagram’s Blenders Pride Bags 3 International Awards

Seagram’s Blenders Pride, an Indian whisky by Pernod Richard, has won three of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions — Gold Award at Monde Selection 2020, Gold Medal at The Fifty Best, and Bronze Medal at London Spirits Competition 2020.

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The best of British from the London Spirits Competition 2020

On this page find out about the best of British spirits from the London Spirits Competition 2020

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Amuse-bouches: The Latest Restaurant News Bites

In UK restaurant news: a new app for the hospitality sector launches, the commercial rent moratorium is extended and restaurateurs from the Midlands lobby the government for extra support.

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9 New Woman-Founded Spirits Brands to Get and Gift This New Year

In support of the strong female figures adding a new edge to a thriving industry, vogue has compiled our favourite new woman-owned spirits to get and gift ahead of the New Year.

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Hospitality Pineapple and Pepper Gin supports on-trade

English brand Hospitality Gin has bottled a pineapple and pepper-flavoured expression and will donate proceeds from its sale to the UK on-trade.

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Diageo launches Gordon's 0.0%

The newcomer, which is available via Amazon and in store at Tesco, comes in a 70cl format and it is made using the same distilled botanicals as Gordon’s London Dry Gin.

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Whisky Auctioneer sales hit £30 million

Online auction platform Whisky Auctioneer witnessed a record year after sales reached almost £30 million (US$40m) in 2020.

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London Spirits Competition 2021 Registrations Are Open

4th Annual London Spirits Competition Registration ends on 20 Feb 2021. Enter your spirits today to get in front of London's leading Trade Buyers.

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No.3 Gin sales soar 27% in 2020

Berry Bros & Rudd experienced double-digit growth worldwide for No.3 London Dry Gin in 2020.

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Women-Made Spirits Make Great Gifts

Though women remain underrepresented in the liquor industry, they continue to make strides – and they also make great spirits, too. Here are seven, women-made spirits that make great gifts:

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Irish whiskey sales forecast to exceed Scotch in US by 2030

Sales of Irish whiskey in the US are expected to overtake Scotch in the next decade, according to a new report by Drinks Ireland.

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North Hampton family launches gin distillery in Maine

Beefeaters and Bombay gins better make room on the shelf for Jigger & Jones, a new brand made in Maine, via North Hampton.

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Hinch Distillery Strikes Deal With German Distributor

Irish Whiskey brand, Hinch, which launched its £15m distillery and visitor experience this month (November 2020) has ramped up its global exporting activity through a new partnership with German distributor, Schlumberger GMBH & Co KG, based in Meckenheim.

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Hinch Distillery eyes expansion through new distribution deals

Hinch Distillery is ramping up its global exporting activity through new distribution agreements for its Hinch Irish whiskey and Celtic-inspired Ninth Wave gin brands.

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Bardinet unveils new look

Brandy producer Bardinet has revealed refreshed packaging, with an update bottle shape and labels, and a new advertising campaign centred around ‘French passion’.

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Johnnie Blonde whisky taps into long drinks

Diageo has unveiled a ‘sweeter’ Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky designed to be mixed in a bid to attract new consumers.

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Cutwater Spirits Celebrates Over 1,000 Awards

A Milestone for the Most Awarded Canned Cocktails In the US. 

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Seadrift Wins Silver Medal at the London Spirits Competition

Thank you to the London Spirits Competition for giving small distillers like us the confidence and belief to keep going. You can’t imagine the difference it has made to our distilleries future and how much we really appreciate it.

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Master of Malt launches own-label spirits

Master of Malt has unveiled its first own-brand collection spanning blended Scotch whisky, London dry gin, rum and vodka.

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Irish Whiskey Guild set up to support producers

A group of Irish whiskey businesses has created a new guild to provide support and advice to independent distillers across the sector.

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Lockdown Leads To The Rise Of The Tiktok Bartender

An increasing number of mixologists are taking to social media app TikTok to share videos on how to make popular cocktails and entertain their viewers while bars remain shuttered.

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V-SINNE Schwarzwald Dry Gin wins GOLD at the London Spirits Competition 2020

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Top Bartenders, Mixologists And Spirits Buyers To Judge The 2021 LSC

The first edition of 2021 London Spirits Competition judges is out which includes some of the best bartenders, mixologists and spirits buyers and tastemakers in business.

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Langs Rum releases two new flavours

Ian Macleod Distillers has expanded its Langs Rum range with the launch of two new expressions: Mango and Ginger, and Pineapple.

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Uk Tariff Approach Welcomed By Drinks Trade

The UK is breaking with the EU and has vowed to lift levies resulting from a 16-year dispute over aviation subsidies, and it is hoped this will encourage the removal of US tariffs on wine, Scotch whisky and liqueurs. 

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A distinction in London for the Quai Distillery

The SuperSonic gin from the Quai Distillery was awarded at the London Spirits Competition (LSC) 2020. It won the silver medal in the “Gin” category.

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Halewood opens £1m Peaky Blinder distillery

UK-based Halewood Artisanal Spirits has opened a new £1 million distillery (US$1.3m) for its Peaky Blinder brand in Birmingham on the same site as Sadler’s brewery.

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Three awards from the London Spirits Competition for Czech drinks

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Teremana Tequila to hit 300,000 cases in the first year

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has revealed his Teremana Tequila brand is on track to sell 300,000 cases in its first year.

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Brogan's Way and Green Ant Gin Win Silver at London Spirits Competition

Congratulations to Brogan’s Way and Green Ant Gin who have won silver at the London Spirits Competition 2020 awards. 

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Sales of spirits in Spain soars 27.5% in the last 12 months

Sales of whisky, vodka, rum and gin have risen by 27.5 per cent in the last 12 months, closely followed by beer, which has increased by 23.8 per cent.

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Crossip makes debut with the launch of three non-alcoholic spirits

Low & no startup Crossip has debuted with a trio of non-alcoholic spirits.

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Retailers to carry more Tequila and hard seltzers in 2021

Tequila and hard seltzers are expected to gain more shelf space in the US over the next year, according to a survey of independent retailers by alcohol e-commerce platform Drizly.

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M&S Christmas alcoholic drink so popular it's been slapped with buying limit

Its festive gin is proving so popular it is selling out in stores and customers face restrictions on how many they are allowed to buy.

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Inspired Peter set to launch new whiskey

While the Lottery millionaire has never tasted the spirit, he is inspired by the history of Irish whiskey in Belfast, his home city, and has invested in one distillery and now has a major role in a second.

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Keepr's Spirits And Dodd's Gin Shine Bright At London Spirits Competition

Keepr’s British Sloe & Honey Gin, Honey Spiced Rum and Dodd’s Gin all received Silver Medals while Bronze Awards were given to Keepr’s British Raspberry & Honey Gin and Keepr’s Classic London Dry Gin with British Honey.

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Stock Spirits full-year sales up 9.1%

Drinks group Stock Spirits saw full-year revenue increase by 9.1%, boosted by vodka sales in Poland.

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Top whisky subscription services

For whisky fans looking to expand their knowledge and try new bottlings, there’s nothing better than joining a tasting club. We round up some of the best subscription services delivering top-quality drams to your door.

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UK bars, cinemas may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to visit

NadhimZahawi, the U.K.’s vaccine minister, said on Monday that bars, cinemas and sports venues may compel people to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering.

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Four Asturian drinks triumph at the London Spirits Competition

Four drinks with the Asturian denomination of origin have triumphed in the prestigious London Spirits Competition, whose third edition was held on July 6.

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Amathus to expand retail and e-commerce operations

UK specialist drinks importer, distributor and retailer Amathus is targeting new growth with the addition of two new retail stores in London and a new ecommerce website this month.

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The UK's Most Popular Alcoholic Beverages

Check out the most popular beverage choices across 15 major cities in the UK. 

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Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in the UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout next week.

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Covid crisis has ‘strengthened’ us says Pernod CEO

Alexandre Ricard, the chairman and chief executive of Pernod Ricard, believes the French group was able to achieve better-than-predicted results since the coronavirus pandemic struck in the spring because of the group’s “agility, resilience and determination.”

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Bushmills creates Causeway Collection

Irish whiskey brand Bushmills has released a new range of single malts, including a 19-year-old expression matured in a rare Burgundy feuillette cask. The new Causeway Collection is a series of 10 cask-finished single malt whiskies. The range is inspired by the Giant’s Causeway, a large formation of hexagonal rocks in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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U.K. Based Distillery Releases ‘World’s Strongest Gin’

Anno Spirits, a distillery out of Kent, England, has released the world’s strongest gin, coming in at a hair-raising 95% ABV. This surpasses the former winner of the title, (Scotland’s Twin River Distiller)—a mere 77% ABV.

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