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Spirits to softs and cocktails to cider, your essential round-up of what's hot on the back bar.
No.209 Gin

Hi spirits are launching three limited edition Barrel Reserve gins from its San Francisco distillery No.209 as a response to the continued demand for craft and premium gin.

Barrel Reserve is made by aging the acclaimed No. 209 Gin in French oak wine barrels from the distillery’s sister business, the Rudd Oakville Estate winery in Napa Valley .

The 46% ABV spirit is aged in either cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc or chardonnay barrels, each contributing a complex layer to the gin’s flavour profile.

Dan Bolton, Hi-Spirits MD, said: “The combination of distilling and winemaking experience makes the No. 209 Barrel Reserve Gins unique, and the care and craft that have gone into barrel aging gives each of them a very special character.”


Red Square Vodka

Drinks manufacturer Halewood International have relaunched Red Square Vodka with two new flavours, following a £1million investment in the brand.

Sloe berry and toffee variants will be showcased as part of the ‘Life. Live it. Join it. Make it. Share it.’ marketing campaign.



The Ardmore Scotch whisky

Maxxium UK has launched The Ardmore Port Wood Finish single malt scotch whisky.

The newest member of Ardmore’s emerging portfolio, this 46% ABV spirit has a touch of sweetness and ruby gold colour with a flavour profile of spiced fruits and subtle smoky finish.


The Ardmore Port Wood Finish

Camus Cognacs

French Cognac House Camus and Scotch whisky distillers Whyte & Mackay have entered into a new partnership in which they will distribute Camus Cognacs and Ungava Gin in the UK.

The new distribution agreement will see the luxury Cognac and Gin brands sit alongside other award-winning products, such as The Dalmore and Jura single malt whiskies.



Thatchers Big Apple

Following limited edition appearances at festivals over the summer, Thatchers Cider has now introduced Big Apple in Bag-in-Box exclusively for the on-trade.

The 6.4% ABV traditional cider is crafted from vintage bittersweet apple varieties, including Tremlett’s, Dabinett and Somerset Redstreak.

It is medium dry and full bodied with a hint of spice.  



East London Liquor Company

Independent British distillery, East London Liquor Company, has announced its collaboration with Porterlight Bicycles to offer an innovative way to deliver its range of handcrafted spirits to customers.

Handmade in north London, the bespoke cargo bicycle will deliver to local pubs and bars around East London including Pidgin, Lardo, Lonzo, Brahms & Liszt, Noble Fine Liquor and Fin & Flounder, offering a sustainable and environmentally friendly method of transport for the distillery’s products.

Gin Peddler and distillery craftsman, Chris Culligan, will man the bicycle making regular local deliveries around the neighbourhood and offering his knowledge and expertise to customers.

Founder, Alex Wolpert, said: “We are excited to partner with Porterlight Bicycles to offer this new service to our customers. Like us, Porterlight is a neighbourhood company with global vision, who value independence and honesty.”

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