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A spokesperson for HMRC has told Drinks Retailing that rules around duty stamps are being reviewed, as the government looks for ways to support industry innovation.

Ian Burrell RumFest

RumFest will take place as an in-person event this year, alongside an online element for those that can’t attend.

Scotland’s Kylin Spirits Group has announced plans to launch a drink that combines Chinese spirit baijiu with Scotch single malt whisky.

Quintessential Brands has launched a Black Lemon Arabian Edition of its Opihr spiced gin.

Diageo has made a minority investment in Japanese single malt whisky producer Komasa Kanosuke Distillery, through incubator company Distill Ventures. 

Speciality Brands has added a number of new Caribbean rums to its portfolio, with another to come later in the autumn.

Campari-owned Scotch whisky producer Glen Grant has produced a luxury single malt to mark 60 years in the business for master distiller Dennis Malcolm.

Malt whisky brand Tamdhu has produced a whisky with a profile designed to complement the aromas and flavours of the world’s finest cigars.

Campari has launched its first NPD for the Aperol brand in the UK market.

Aber Falls single malt welsh whisky

Halewood-owned Welsh distiller Aber Falls has launched a second whisky.

Jameson Orange Pernod Ricard

The managing director of Pernod Ricard’s UK division has said flavoured spirits are helping to drive at-home cocktail making, with the trend set to continue in the future.

Diageo is to launch a nationwide promotion for its Smirnoff vodka brand, as it looks to standout in a busy vodka market.

The ready-to-drink cocktail brand Laiba has launched a pair of products in partnership with mixologist Maxim Schulte.

Bacardi has joined forces with the alcoholic ice pop brand Poptails by LAPP to produce two frozen cocktail kits.

Speyside whisky distillery Glen Grant has added a 15-year-old single malt to its portfolio.

Appleton Estate rum has teamed up with jazz artist Moses Boyd to create a rum and jazz subscription service.

Bacardi is to release a rum aged in sherry casks in September.

Tamdhu Speyside single malt Scotch has unveiled a miniature gift pack featuring three of the multi-award-winning whiskies from its core collection.  

Edrington has appointed Jamie Campbell as the UK brand ambassador for its Brugal 1888 rum.

Isle of Skye distillery Torabhaig will release the second expression from its Legacy Series of single malts on August 12.

Distil is to invest £3 million in a project to build a new distillery at Inverkip in the Scottish Lowlands.

Non-alcoholic spirit brand Strykk has added what it claims is the category’s first vanilla-flavoured “not vodka”.

A range of ready-to-drink cocktails has launched in the UK after success in luxury hotels in Asia.

Scotland’s Linlithgow distillery has created a new bottle design for its Lin gin.

North Yorkshire’s Black Sheep Brewery has made a vodka distilled from its Imperial Russian stout.

The Snow Leopard vodka brand has been bought by the American drinks company Next Frontier Brands.

Aviation gin has introduced a second limited edition to tie in with the ownership of Wrexham AFC by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

Moët Hennessy is launching Volcan De Mi Tierra Tequila into the UK.

Independent Scottish whisky distillery Nc’Nean claims it has become the first in the UK to reach net zero emissions for production, beating the Scotch whisky industry target of 2040 by 20 years.

Berry Bros & Rudd has relaunched its spirits range with a new bottle and communications platform, designed to capture the “aspirational world of London’s style and elegance”.