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Kopparberg has teamed up with East London rapper, Kojey Radical, to mark the launch of its new Dark Fruit Spiced Rum.

Halewood Wines & Spirits is planning to close the site of its headquarters in Huyton, Merseyside.

Salcombe Gin has teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Niall Keating to create “the world’s first gin distilled with a liquid botanical”. 

Johnnie Walker has unveiled three new limited-edition bottles for its iconic Red Label, Black Label and Gold Label Reserve variants launched to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

The block-colour bottles are “a bold reimagining” of its classic glass bottle – each variant named after its iconic slanted label, now replaced by a striking opaque wrap.

The new designs reimagine the brand’s ‘Keep Walking’ mantra, celebrating the boundary-pushing spirit that has been at the heart of the brand since its founder John Walker first opened the doors to a small grocery store in Kilmarnock, Scotland 200 years ago.

Diageo has invested in Rheinland Distillers GmbH, the maker of Siegfried Rheinland Dry Gin and creator of the alcohol-free alternative Siegfried Wonderleaf.

Brighton Gin has entered the RTD market for the first time with the launch of a bottled Raspberry Crush.

Diageo lands Aviation gin

18 August, 2020

Diageo has reached an agreement to buy Aviation, the gin part-owned by Canadian film actor Ryan Reynolds.

Ian Macleod Distillers is launching Smokehead Rum Rebel, which is a Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky finished in Caribbean rum casks. The newcomer arrives on UK shores in time for International Rum Day on August 16.
 
The Islay whisky, which is described as “rich, smoky and salty” is finished in spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks “creating culture colliding carnage and a melding of mouth-watering tastes”.
 
Smokehead aims to disrupt International Rum Day with a “tantalising twist on the humdrum” for rum fans, beckoning them to the Smokehead whisky dark side. 
 
Priced at £54.99 with an ABV of 46%, Smokehead Rum Rebel will be available to buy from www.smokehead.com and many UK specialist and online retailers.
 
As a toast to International Rum Day, Smokehead is also “ripping up the rulebook and careering away from convention” by crafting a brand-new, bold cocktail that will not be for every rum fan:
 
The new Rum Rebel Smokito comprises 5cl Smokehead Rum Rebel, 2.5cl lime juice mixed with 2.5cl water, two teaspoons sugar, fresh mint and a few flakes of smoked Maldon sea salt.
 
Also on August 16 Smokehead brand ambassador Mikey Sim will host an episode of Smokehead TV on the brand Instagram and Facebook channels (@smokeheadwhisky). During the episode he will taste Rum Rebel, as well as show Smokeheads how to craft the Smokito signature cocktail and showcase a special boilermaker serve.
 
Iain Weir, Smokehead Brand Director, said: “We are overwhelmed by the boldness of flavour in our new bottling and can’t wait to see our Smokeheads’ reaction. When our rich, smoky, salty Islay Smokehead collides with spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks, carnage is inevitable.
 
“We’re encouraging all our Smokeheads and rum fans alike to stir up a Rum Rebel Smokito and raise their glass high this International Rum Day. 
 
“Like all our Smokehead whiskies, Rum Rebel is not for everyone. This whisky is for the fearless.”
 
Smokehead Rum Rebel joins the family of Smokehead Original, Smokehead High Voltage and the latest release Sherry Bomb, a smoky Islay single malt that has been boldly blasted by sherry casks. 

A new start-up distillery in Cornwall has launched a “botanical rum”.

Leeds-based Folklore Society gin has released a special edition to raise money for the mental health charities Mind and the Blurt Foundation.

RTD brand WKD is relaunching its canned, pre-prepared cocktails range under the new name WKD Mixd.

Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky is inviting consumers to help choose its next single cask bottling.

Aldi has added eight exclusive gins and two flavoured vodkas to its range as part of an August spirits festival.

The Whisky Exchange is repeating its search for a Whisky of the Year chosen by its customers.

Bladnoch, the 203-year-old Scotch Whisky distillery, has secured SEA Spirits as its new distribution partner.

Diageo has reported a 47.1% decline in operating profit and an 8.7% drop in sales in the year to the end of June, as Covid-19 hit the drinks industry, though the UK appears to have got off relatively lightly.

Halewood Wines & Spirits is tapping into an anticipated “significant growth” across all vodka categories with the launch of its first flavours for Vestal Vodka.

Kingsland Drinks has revealed the creation of a new drinks company, which will focus on premium spirits for the off and on-trade. The new company, which is yet to be named, will focus on curating, creating and crafting a portfolio of premium drinks brands, and it will benefit from Kingsland’s route to market and end-to-end category service, although it will run as an entirely separate business.

Silent Pool Gin has secured a new UK distributor.

Storywood Tequila has announced a new distribution partnership with Proof Drinks in the UK.

Independent bottler That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC) has revealed a plan to release batches on a quarterly basis.

Japanese whisky producer Nikka has released two single malts finished in apple brandy barrels.

Premium rum brand Equiano has signed a UK distribution deal with Spirit Cartel.

Didsbury gin has entered the RTD category with the launch of four canned versions a G&T, each featuring a gin from its range.

The founders of the sustainably-focused Calvados brand Avallen have launched a Seedrs crowdfunding campaign to raise £175,001 to expand the business.

Two canned ready-to-drink versions of Opihr gin are being launched by Quintessential Brands.

Drinks supplier Mangrove UK is adding an aperitif drink to the range it imports from the Barcelona-based El Bandarra vermouth brand, owned by Democratic Wines.

Diageo claims to have made the world’s first plastic-free, paper-based spirits bottle. The bottle will be used commercially for the producer’s Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand in early 2021.

Master of Malt has reported a “significant double-digit” uplift for vodka sales through May, while June was “all about whisky”.