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Quenza and Combier liqueurs join Instil Drinks


Instil Drinks has added two new liqueur ranges to its UK distribution portfolio, Quenza and Combier.

Quenza liqueurs include a cinnamon cream liqueur and a grappa, while Combier produces a triple sec.

The Quenza liqueurs are produced by Hijos de Rivera, the parent company of Estrella Galicia, and are handmade using traditional methods from the northern Spanish region of Galicia, where, in the past, liqueurs were used for perceived health benefits.

Combier liqueurs use natural ingredients and are based on a 180-year-old recipe from the Loire Valley in France.

Bacardi Brown Forman kicks off Jack Friday campaign

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Brown Forman has kicked off its new Jack Friday marketing campaign with launch events across the country.

The Jack Friday campaign, which runs throughout September, pays homage to the longstanding ‘good Friday’ tradition whereby workers at the Jack Daniel’s distillery receive a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 on the first Friday of the month in recognition of their hard work.

The Tennessee Trails will see multiple venues around the country hosting Jack Friday parties in city centres.

The brand is offering outlets participating in the activity over 8,000 Jack Friday promotional kits, complete with optics, bar runners and celebratory posters with bespoke Jack Friday food and drink offers.

World first for Quinine Gin


Maverick Drinks has marked World Mosquito Day by releasing its 1897 Quinine Gin.

Made with cold distilled quinine along with 12 traditional gin botanicals, 1897 Quinine Gin will support the charity Malaria No More UK by donating £5 from every bottle sold.

Using Cinchona Bark - a traditional source of the prophylactic - in the distillation process, it is claimed to be the first gin made using quinine.

1897 Quinine Gin is available here​ and from Maverick Drinks.

Regency acquired by Blackdown

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Brighton-based Regency Bitters have been acquired by Blackdown Artisan Spirits.

Regency Bitters, available in Juniper and Apricot, Coffee and Ginger, and Bourbon Oak Smoked Mango flavours will now be available alongside Blackdown’s selection of artisan spirits distilled in West Sussex.

Sarah Thompson, director at Blackdown, said: “We are already in talks with our main distributor in London and will also being talking to our other customers not just here in the UK, but Sweden, Norway & Belgium.

"My plan for Blackdown has always been to produce a wide selection of crafted products in which bartenders and consumers can create delicious cocktails, Regency Bitters along with other ranges we shall be releasing over the next 12 months will help us achieve this ambition.”

anCnoc gets fashionable

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anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky has announced a partnership with award-winning fashion designer Patrick Grant.

The collaboration will see Grant and anCnoc launch a limited edition expression, with Grant designing the label and packaging. The Edinburgh-born designer is the creative director of bespoke tailors Norton and Sons of Savile Row and founder of Ready to Wear label E.Tautz & Sons.

He has also appeared as a judge of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee since 2013, and was named Menswear Designer of the Year in 2010.

The Patrick Grant Limited edition will launch on 15th February, with more details released closer to the date.

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