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Premium tequila brand, 1800 Tequila, has secured listings with Tesco and Waitrose.

Four Pillars Gin has had a full UK off-trade launch with a new major retail listing.

Think Spirits 2021, Drinks Retailing’s annual day of spirits events, is launching a live webinar next week.

Black Cow vodka has produced a limited edition version for Christmas.

Black Tot rum is to release a special blend to mark the 50th anniversary of the last rum rations being given out to members of the Royal Navy – known as Black Tot Day.

East London Liquor Co has announced its entry into the hard seltzer category with the launch of two new drinks.

Cask Liquid Marketing has been appointed as the UK distributor for the Australian whisky brand Starward.

Devon gin producer Salcombe Distilling has entered the alcohol-free spirit market with the launch of NLL.

The premium spirits-focused sister company to Kingsland Drinks will be named Ten Locks and its first drinks will be Nusa Cana Rum, Applewood Gin and West Cork Irish Whiskey.
The newly-formed Manchester-based company focuses on spirits and aims to curate, create and craft a portfolio of around 20 premium drink brands for the off and on-trade.
Nusa Cana Rum, Applewood Gin and West Cork Irish Whiskey are the very first brands to be welcomed into what the company promises will be a diverse portfolio of purpose-led brands, which all share Ten Lock’s progressive, ethical and sustainable ethos with a focus on innovation.
A refreshing new take on rum, Nusa Cana (40% abv) embodies the vibrant modern culture of Bali whilst bringing back to life the forgotten story of Indonesian Rum. Drawing on flavour profiles from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, it uses nutmeg and clove combined with ginger, coffee, cacao and pineapple to create a delicate, warm rum with a brilliantly balanced finish.
All Nusa Cana labels are made from recycled sugar cane pulp – a bi product from the production process - giving them a lower production footprint and playing into a circular economy. 

Another brand to join the portfolio is West Cork Irish Whiskey, produced by West Cork Distillers. An independently-owned distillery, the whiskey is distilled, matured and bottled on-site in West Cork and sells in over 70 countries worldwide. Each bottle is triple distilled, non-filtered and carefully crafted using the finest local ingredients. 

Owned and created by three childhood friends, much of the distillery was hand-built as needed as the business expanded, with its ‘Rocket’ reported to be ‘the fastest still in the world’ at the time! Its mission is to grow globally but maintain its West Cork Heritage by supporting local jobs and the Irish economy.
Ten Locks will import three of its award-winning Whiskies to begin with, including the original Bourbon Cask (40% abv), the award-winning Black Cask (40% abv) and the patented Bog Oak Charred Cask (43% abv) – all of which provide a true taste of beautiful West Cork.
Completing the first tranche of brands in the Ten Locks portfolio is Applewood Gin (43% abv). This uniquely Australian gin nurtures the relationship between native culture, flora and land to become the ‘realisation of Australian culture’. A botanical-rich flavour profile of rare desert limes, native wattle seed and aromatic peppermint gum is nestled amongst 20 fresh and sustainably farmed ingredients, in a lovingly handcrafted gin made in harmony with the sites and soils from which it was born. 

Owners Brendan and Laura seek to add value to native ingredients, supporting farmers who opt for more sustainable farming methods, crops and orchards. They value those who wish to listen and learn from indigenous culture and understand the importance of working in harmony with nature. A certified B Corporation, the liquid is created in the most sustainable and non-impactful way possible.
Becky Davies, Chief Lock Keeper at Ten Locks, said: “Through these first spirits, the portfolio is starting to speak for itself; brands of quality, distinction and purpose. They bring new tastes, fresh perspectives and true sense of excitement to the on trade and off trade.
“With their defined and clear proposition we know each brand has a commercially relevant place in the market, and will quench the thirst of consumers seeking brands that demonstrate authenticity, credibility and quality, whilst taking measures to ensure and improve elements of sustainability and ethical practices. 

“We are hugely excited to welcome these brands to the UK drinks trade, and we can’t wait to unveil the rest of the portfolio, which is shaping up to be something very special.”
Aptly named Ten Locks, the company draws inspiration from The Manchester Ship Canal; its Barton Swing Aqueduct became the first swing aqueduct in the world - with several sections requiring careful work by hand – and to this day remains a feat of innovative engineering and community teamwork.  

Davies continues: “Much like the expertise, dedication to innovation and determination required to build the Manchester Ship Canal, we’re moving forward with energy, pace and a desire to create something unrivalled amongst our competitor set. From product development and brand building to industry-leading consumer and market insights, we’re assembling a portfolio of drinks that will add value across a range of drinks categories and, ultimately, be profitable partners to our customers.”
Ten Locks will continue to develop its portfolio of premium branded drinks in the coming months, comprising of agency brands and a significant range of new and emerging brands that have been crafted with the utmost care.

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has launched a new look and feel across range.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has changed its name to Halewood Artisanal Spirits, as part of a long-term strategy shift for the company.
The move follows last month’s announcement that it planned to close the site of its headquarters in Huyton, Merseyside.

Tipples of Manchester is running a competition through September to give away a full set of rare bourbons.

The Whisky Exchange has reported a 41% increase in sales of cocktail bitters in 2020, compared with 2019, as cocktail fans “brought the bar to their homes”.

The Glenlivet single malt has launched its first whisky finished in rum barrels.

Drinks by the Dram has revealed a new line-up of advent calendars for 2020.

The Lakes Distillery has released a single malt whisky aged partly in colheita port casks.

Waitrose has agreed a new delivery partnership with Deliveroo, which will allow thousands of households to have food and drink delivered in as little as 30 minutes.

Pernod Ricard UK is set to reintroduce Powers Irish Whiskey’s Gold Label expression to the UK.

The GlenDronach Distillery has announce the exclusive release of The GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1989 Vintage, the second expression created in collaboration with Matthew Vaughn, to mark the upcoming release of “The Kingsman” by 20th Century Studios and Marv, coming to theatres soon.

The Isle of Wight Distillery has unveiled a new look for Mermaid Salt Vodka and made the grain-based spirit available nationally for the first time.

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”.