The Glenturret Manager’s Dram
USP: The second limited edition release in the Manager’s Dram series has been predominantly matured in European oak sherry casks, with “hints of American oak and mellow peat”. Named for distillery manager Ian Renwick, The Glenturret Manager’s Dram: Release No. 2 is limited to 750 bottles.
The Glasgow Distillery’s Glasgow 1770 Innis & Gunn Golden Beer Cask Finish and Glasgow 1770 Tokaji Cask Finish
58.5% and 58.1% abv, respectively
USP: Following on from the success of its previous two small batch releases, which launched earlier this year, The Glasgow 1770 Innis & Gunn Golden Beer Cask Finish and Glasgow 1770 Tokaji Cask Finish are now available and have both been produced in the distillery’s unpeated single malt style. The bottlings are limited to 356 and 210 bottles, respectively.
The Dalmore 2003 Vintage and The Dalmore 2007 Vintage
2003 Vintage, 46.9% abv, £350
2007 Vintage, 46.5% abv, £150
USP: The Dalmore 2003 Vintage was first matured in ex-Bourbon American oak casks, then “enhanced through a carefully balanced recipe of hand-selected casks; Rivesaltes sweet wine casks, rare Matusalem and Amoroso sherry casks and small-batch Bourbon barrels”.
The Dalmore 2007 Vintage was created through an initial maturation in ex-Bourbon American white oak barrels, then “enhanced with a harmony of rare-hand-selected aged casks – Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso sherry, alongside sweet Marsala wine barrels”.
Salcombe Distilling Co’s Snapes Point Sloe Gin
USP: This small batch cask aged sloe and damson gin was made using locally foraged sloes and is available in a 50cl bottle from the company’s website and Salcombe Distilling Co’s Victuallers flagship stores in Salcombe and Dartmouth.
BrewDog Distilling Co’s cask sale
USP: BrewDog is offering consumers the chance to own a cask of their inaugural single malt and single grain whisky. The 50 casks will be for sale via auction until December 11. There will be a choice of three different 20- litre casks – 30 ex-Oloroso sherry cask matured, 15 first fill ex-bourbon cask matured and five ex-bourbon cask matured. The casks will be filled in “early 2023”.
DC Brau Brewing Co, Paradox Brewing Co and Upslope Brewing Co beers
Various abvs and prices
USP: Home Bargains retail chain is launching three imported American craft breweries throughout their larger stores, in an exclusive three-week promotion starting December 14. DC Brau Brewing Co products include In Session IPA 4.5% abv and Penn Quarter Porter 5.5% abv. Paradox Brewing Co includes Para Helles 4.5% abv and Sonder Bräu 5.9% abv. Lastly, Upslope’s products are Craft Lager 4.8% abv and Citra Pale Ale 5.8% abv.
Beavertown’s Spaced Cowboy
USP: “This crisp IPA features a whole ranch of hops including Azacca, Amarillo and Citrus for maximum juiciness,” the brewer said. “Guaranteed to be a hit with fans of Beavertown’s Lupuloid IPA, expect Spaced Cowboy to have warm sweet mango and pineapple notes, a real hefty whack of clementine and tangerine and pine needle freshness to get drinkers in the festive spirit.”
Ridgeview Sparkling Red Reserve NV
USP: This new wine is an expression of Pinot Noir grapes harvested in the hot lockdown summer of 2020. The release is limited to 2445 bottles and this sparkling red will only be produced in the ripest years.
RTDS AND MIXERS
Aldi’s Infusionist RTD Cocktails
From 17.5% abv
USP: The new range comprises three flavours: Blood Orange Negroni RTD Cocktail (20% abv); Salted Caramel Espresso Martini RTD Cocktail (17.5% abv); and Earl Grey Old Fashioned RTD Cocktail (27% abv).
Lockdown Liquor & Co’s Easy Liquor RTDs
USP: Lockdown Liquor & Co, the London-based cocktail company, has moved into premium canned cocktails. The range comprises Margarita, Rum Punch, Ginger Cosmo and Espresso Martini.
Del Monte and Old Tom Gin company’s soft drinks/mixer range
USP: “Featuring at least 20% real fruit juice and no added sugar”, Del Monte’s A Kick of Fruit energy drinks are available in pineapple, mango, passion fruit and lime; blood orange spritz; pineapple, lime and mint flavour; pineapple, grapefruit and lime; lemon ginger and pomegranate raspberry. They are designed to be served alone or as mixers for cocktails and long drinks.
LOW & NO
The Original Gunner Saint
£2 per can
USP: Following a launch in the on-trade, Gunner Saint is now available in the off-trade, via Amazon and Club Soda. The alcohol-free RTD contains ginger, natural bitters, and lime. The company has also launched Gunner Sinner – the same ingredients as well as a shot of aged rum – though it is currently only available through the on-trade.