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

Nomad Single Malt Outland Whisky

41.3% abv

£40

USP: The third addition to the Gonzalez Byass Nomad whisky range has been aged for three years in Bourbon casks at the Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk, before being transported to Jerez de la Frontera where it aged for another year in Oloroso Alfonso sherry casks. Melissa Draycott, managing director of Gonzalez Byass UK, said: “Oloroso ‘bodega’ casks deliver exotically rich notes of dried fruit, hazelnut and spice, flavours which are prominent in Nomad Single Malt Outland Whisky. They are yet another example of the wonderful flavour experiences drinkers can now discover through our treasure trove of casks.”

Circumstance Organic Single Grain Whisky

44.5% abv

£55

USP: This is the first organic whisky from Bristol-based B Corp distillery Circumstance as owners look to consolidate the producer’s commitment to sustainability. It is thought to be the only organic whisky made by an English distillery.

Loch Lomond The Open Special Edition and The Open Course Collection

46% and 47.1% abv respectively 

£45 and £290

USP: In celebration of The Open golf tournament, Loch Lomond distillery has launched two new limited-edition whiskies. The Open Special Edition 2024 was crafted by Loch Lomond’s master blender Michael Henry, and finished in Chardonnay casks for notes of honey blossom, orchard fruit and oak. The second new whisky, The Open Course Collection, is a 24-year-old single malt limited to 4,500 bottles worldwide.

Bushmills 31 Year Old

46% abv

£2,200

USP: Available exclusively through The Whisky Shop, Bushmills is releasing 12 bottles of this 31 year old single malt in Britain. The whiskey, which will be launched in celebration of St Patrick’s Day, has been matured for 13 years in Oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels before finishing in first and second-fill Madeira casks for a further 18 years. 

Palace of Holyroodhouse Dry Gin

40% abv

£40

USP: Infused with mint and lemon thyme grown in the Physic Garden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the gin is a nod to the garden’s history of growing herbs and botanicals.  In a further tribute to Holyroodhouse, the floral bottle design draws inspiration from the 17th century textiles found in the palace. All profits from sales of the gin will go towards the Royal Collection Trust.

Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel x RZA Limited Edition 

40% abv

£29.99 

USP: Limited-edition bottles of Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel Scotch whisky have been created in collaboration with hip-hop artist and Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA. The whisky has been aged for seven years in American oak barrels, and the new bottle design features poetry written by RZA while visiting Ballantine’s Speyside home.

Lost In Time collection

47.5 – 62.6% abv 

£282 – £1742

USP: The Whisky Exchange has released a new series of whiskies crafted in collaboration with Chivas Brothers. The collection is made up of eight single malts from Speyside, all aged between 20 and 33 years old. Chris Bolton, own label and brand product manager at The Whisky Exchange, said: “These single casks represent a moment in time. Searching for exceptional single malts is not just about finding the right barrels, it’s about selecting a cask at the right moment in maturation, where the spirit character and maturity harmonise, and the distillery’s true style shines through.”

Hendrick’s Grand Cabaret 

43.4% abv

£32

USP: The new limited-edition gin is inspired by the boom in fruit-based spirits in the early 20th century. Described as a “cabaret of stone fruit flavours”, the gin marks the first time that master distiller, Lesley Gracie, has incorporated stone fruits into her creations for Hendrick’s.

Lochlea Ploughing Edition (Second Crop)

46% abv

£51.50

USP: Lochlea Distillery in Ayrshire has launched the fourth and final release from its Second Crop series – a collection of seasonal whisky releases. Ploughing Edition – which is inspired by winter when fields are ploughed in preparation for the following spring – is the only Lochlea whisky with a smokey profile, which is the result of the liquid being matured exclusively in ex-Islay casks. 

Tobermory Hebridean Series 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish and Ledaig Triple Wood 

49.12% and 53.8% abv respectively 

£370 and £95

USP: Tobermory Distillery has released the penultimate whisky in its Hebridean Series, alongside a limited edition Ledaig expression created in partnership with wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan and local charity, the Mull & Iona Community Trust, as part of its environmental conservation efforts.

Yalumba Worthy Grounds collection

£15 each

USP: Australian winery Yalumba has released a new collection of four wines: a Viognier from Eden Valley, a Shiraz and a Grenache from Barossa and a Cabernet from Coonawarra. All of the wines are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, and are available from Yalumba’s UK importer JE Fells.

Morandé Casatinta 2020

£39.99

USP: A blend of Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Franc, Chilean wine producer Morandé’s latest launch derives from Casablanca Valley. The winery is looking to highlight the region’s potential for cool-climate grape varieties.

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé 2015

£205

USP: Inspired by Champagne pioneer Madame Clicquot, Veuve Clicquot’s new vintage rosé is a blend of 90% of Pinot Noir and 10% of Chardonnay. It looks to pay tribute to Madame Clicquot’s creation of the first-known blended Champagne Rosé in 1818.

The Anniversary range

£17.50 – £85

USP: Celebrating its 150th year, The Wine Society has released The Anniversary range, comprised of 29 wines that the buying team began sourcing in 2014. Pierre Mansour, director of wine at The Wine Society, said: “The team has spent ten years planning, fine-tuning, shipping, and cellaring this collection of never-to-be-repeated wines…A real testament to the relationships the team has forged over the years, we are delighted to have worked exclusively with several producers who have never before bottled a wine under own label.”

Aix Rosé 2023 

£20

USP: Deriving from the vineyards of Domaine de la Grande Séouve in the AOP Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, the latest Provence rosé from Maison Saint Aix blends 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 20% Syrah resulting in notes of “white stone fruit, citrus and berries”.

Bollinger La Grande Année 2015 and La Grande Année Rosé 2015

£175 and £225, respectively

USP: Both La Grande Année and La Grande Année Rosé are described as gastronomic wines “which complement distinctive dishes with bold flavours”. Bollinger cellar master, Denis Bunner said: The appearance of the grapes and the weather in 2015 clearly point to a very promising vintage. And so we harvest, we make the wine, and then we wait seven long years. Then it is out of our hands. We relinquish our control and, today, give in to discovery. What a thrill! The taste is well-rooted, earthy, powerful, and concentrated. You can taste the sunshine, which is enhanced by the wood.” La Grande Année 2015 is available now, while the La Grande Année Rosé 2015 will launch later in the year.

Brooklyn Brewery The Stonewall Inn IPA

4.3% abv

£6.50 (4 x 33cl)

USP: Created in partnership with New York’s Stonewall Inn, the beer looks to highlight the Stonewall Inn’s legacy, while supporting the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative – an LGBTQ+ charity launched in 2017. The launch is part of a wider initiative from Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (which handles Brooklyn Brewery in the UK) to expand and diversify its ale portfolio.

Strongbow Zest

4% abv

£1.50 (50cl)

USP: Launched ahead of summer, Strongbow’s new flavoured variant is a mix of orange, lemon and lime. Rachel Holms, cider brand director at Strongbow’s parent company, Heineken UK, said the launch looks to “recruit new consumers into the cider category, particularly those who are on the hunt for fresh innovation and new flavour experiences.”

Henry Westons Vintage Pear

6% abv

£2.50

USP: Made with the aim of tapping into the premium cider market, Henry Westons’ latest variant is made using pears all sourced from within 50 miles of Westons’ Much Marcle mill. Holly Chadwick, Henry Westons brand manager at Westons Cider, said: “While there is a wide range of pear products on the market, we still believe there is a huge opportunity to premiumise the category – delighting both shoppers and retailers alike, especially as we head into the warmer months.”

Greene King Prior Life All Day IPA and Hazy Day IPA

3.4% and 4.3% abv respectively 

£5.50 and £7 (4 x 33cl)

USP: Greene King’s latest additions to its craft beer range look to pay tribute to the brand’s brewing history with can designs inspired by the Greene King’s Bury St Edmunds heritage. Both IPAs are available in Tesco stores nationwide.  

Adnams x Vocation Balmy Days India Pale Lager

4.3% abv

£32.99 (12 x 44cl)

USP: A collaboration between Adnams and Vocation brewery, Balmy Days is described as a “distinctive mixed-style brew” which combines elements of both white beer and lager with lemondrop hops and orange peel for a citrus aroma. 

Almave Ambar

<0.5%

£36

USP: Mangrove is launching Lewis Hamilton’s non-alcoholic agave spirit alternative in the UK for the first time, starting with Almave’s Ambar expression. Made using blue agave, the liquid is produced using traditional methods without the fermentation process.

Cygnet Welsh Dry Gin & Tonic 

7% abv

£3.50

USP: Katherine Jenkins’ gin brand, Cygnet, has launched its first pre-mixed drink as owners look to premiumise the RTD category. Jenkins launched the new RTD earlier this month  during the Guinness Six Nations match between Wales v Italy, and the Cygnet’s range will now be permanently available at the Principality Stadium. Cygnet 22 and Cygnet Welsh Dry Gin are also listed in Waitrose and John Lewis stores nationwide.