The monthly round-up of what’s new in low/no, beer, cider, wine, spirits, RTDs and mixers.

Nine Tines Vodka 

40% abv

£39

USP: Nine Tines is a small batch potato vodka made in North Yorkshire using local spring water. The liquid is distilled 30 times over copper plates before being filtered through charcoal, resulting in a “smooth and creamy” finish.

WKD Vibe liqueurs 

15% abv

£10 – £13

USP: RTD brand WKD has launched a new range of liqueurs with a focus on shots. There are five variations in the range: Blue Raspberry and Tropical clear liqueurs, as well as Blue Raspberry, Piña Colada and Strawberry cream liqueurs. Alison Gray, head of brand for WKD at SHS Drinks, said the range aims to “offer consumers great tasting shots, with the added versatility to also create striking layered-serves to help replicate the on-trade experience at home”. 

Waterford Peated: Lacken

50% abv

£90

USP: Waterford’s latest whiskey, distributed in the UK exclusively by Speciality Brands, is made using barley grown on Lacken farm in County Wexford. It is described as “heavily peated”, paying tribute to traditional methods of Irish whiskey production.

The Busker Small Batch Single Pot Still

46.3% abv 

£45

USP: Irish whiskey producer The Busker has launched its first small batch release, which has been aged in ex bourbon and sherry casks. Master blender, Caroline Martin, said the whiskey is “richly aromatic and has tasting notes of leathery tobacco, soft lingering spice, and sumptuous autumnal fruits.”

Maison Courvoisier L’Essence and XO

42% and 40% abv respectively 

£3,000 and £135

USP: Maison Courvoisier’s latest cognac releases are part of a collaboration with Chinese painter and artist, Jiannan Huang, to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Dragon with specially designed bottle artwork. The cognacs are available from selected UK retailers including The Whisky Exchange, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

Exploring English Whisky’s Explorer Series first release

55% abv

£70

USP: Whisky members’ club Exploring English Whisky has released the first product in its Explorer Series. The whisky, 9 Year old Adnams, was created in collaboration with brewer and distiller Adnams. The whisky is matured in second-fill French oak casks and finished in sweet French Sauternes casks.

Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point 07

11% abv

£15 (50cl)

USP: Vanishing Point 07 is the fifth and final release in Innis & Gunn’s 2023 Limited Edition series. It is an imperial stout matured for nine months in casks from The Glenlivet before being finished for three months in Port casks. It is also the seventh release of Innis & Gunn’s annual Vanishing Point series, which looks to “push the boundaries of brewing”. 

Greene King Strong Suffolk

6% abv

£2.50 (50cl)

USP: After its last release in 2018, Greene King’s Strong Suffolk ale will be returning for a limited run ahead of the festive season. The beer, which has notes of “sultanas and dried fruit as well as spice and oak”, will be available directly from Greene King’s website as well the brewer’s Beer Café now, which is located at its Bury St Edmunds site. 

Prime Time Session IPA

4.2% abv

£14 (pack of 6)

USP: Joining Prime Time Classic and Prime Time Caffeine, the new IPA looks to provide beer drinkers with a lower-calorie option. At 95 calories, it is also gluten-free and vegan. 

Journey’s End Majestic range

£12.99 each

USP: South African winery Journey’s End has launched a new single varietal range available exclusively to Majestic in the UK. The range consists of four wines: ‘Eagle Owl’ Sauvignon Blanc 2023, ‘End of the Road’ Chardonnay 2023, ‘The Steam Train’ Merlot 2022 and ‘The Pioneer’ Malbec 2022.

2023 Tío Pepe Finos Palmas Collection

  • Tio Pepe Fino Una Palma 2023 50cl – £16.50
  • Tio Pepe Fino Dos Palmas 2023 50cl – £22
  • Tio Pepe Fino Tres Palmas 2023 50cl – £48
  • Tio Pepe Amontillado Cuatro Palmas 2023 50cl – £82

USP: This is a special release of four sherries representing different ages of Tio Pepe. This year Tim Triptree MW, director of wines at auction house Christie’s, worked with González Byass winemaker, Antonio Flores, to select the ‘Saca’ wines.

Lucky Saint Alcohol-Free Superior Hazy IPA

£22 (12-pack)

USP: “Lucky Saint’s Alcohol-Free Superior Hazy IPA brings together New World Hops and California Ale Yeast, featuring the combination of classic US hops Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe. The result is a juicy, hazy IPA with notes of tropical fruit, zesty citrus, and fresh pine, providing a refreshing and balanced beer with all the satisfaction and none of the sacrifice.” The beer, which is 59 calories per can, took two years to develop.