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Scottish hotel, Peebles Hydro, has been transformed into a distiller with the launch of a new gin, distillery and school, using water from its own hillside spring water.

Douglas Laing & Co has announced the acquisition of Strathearn Distillery.

Amazon UK has teamed up with the Bacardi-owned John Dewar & Sons for the online retailer’s first livestream alcohol tasting.

A team of rum experts has created a rum made from two distilleries on two different continents, described as “a perfect collaboration of east and west”.

Amazon has extended into gin with the launch of its first premium spirits brand.

A record number of trademark registrations for spirits were lodged last year, according to law firm RPC.

White Heron Drinks has added a “younger sibling” to sit alongside its popular British Cassis artisan liqueur brand.

A member of the billionaire Barclay family has invested in online drinks retailer 31Dover.

The Famous Grouse is launching a new campaign this month focusing on its Smoky Black expression.

Bacardi is launching the latest addition to its collection of barrel-aged rums into the UK, in response to the growing trend for premiumisation across the spirits market.

Marketing messages related to the CBD and Hemp-infused rum Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp, owned by Halewood International, have been found to be in breach of the UK Advertising Code.

Diageo is introducing a new festive flavour for its Captain Morgan rum brand.

Brockmans has appointed former Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh to its Advisory Board, as it finalises a five-year growth plan designed to double sales.

Cardrona Distillery, a New Zealand family-run venture, is launching its super-premium range of spirits into the UK.

Freixenet Copestick is extending its successful I Heart brand into spirits, starting with the launch of two gins.  

Devon gin brand Salcombe is planning to open what it claims will be the first distillery at sea in a partnership with P&O Cruises.

Diageo has launched the first global ad campaign for Smirnoff in over 25 years.

Nc’nean has launched an “experimental trio” of barrel-aged botanical spirits.

Warner’s is introducing a marketing campaign - to run across outdoor, digital, off and on-trades - which will support the full rollout of its latest gin flavour. 

Penderyn has revealed the location of its second distillery and visitor centre with the promise of a third distillery in the near future.

Marussia Beverages UK has announced it has signed an agreement to distribute Constellation Brands’ craft spirits portfolio in the UK.

Whyte & Mackay is adding to its gin portfolio following the success of its Wildcat Gin, launched in 2018.

Cellar Trends is to bring the ultra-premium tequila Villa One to the UK in 2020.

The Whisky Exchange has reported “rocketing rum sales” with an uplift of 165% over the past three months. The soaring rise in sales means rum has seen higher growth than gin for the first summer in five years.

Black Sheep Brewery has extended out of beer and created its first-ever gin, with plans to produce a full collection of sprits in the future.

Diageo Reserve is launching a limited-edition Cîroc variant in time for the festive season.

Teeling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey – the first new Dublin-distilled Irish whiskey to be released for nearly 50 years – is being brought to the UK by Maverick Drinks.

The Whisky Exchange is celebrating its 11th annual Whisky Show with a series of special bottlings highlighting “the mystery of a cask’s influence”.

Elixir Distillers claims to be turning navy rum on its head with the launch of its latest product.

The Famous Grouse has launched Wine Cask, the third edition in its series of innovative blended whiskies inspired by different types of oak cask.