Borders distilleries seek updated planning permission

Plans for the construction of two distilleries on the site of a former hotel in the Scottish Borders have been re-submitted after initial approval for the development lapsed. A similar planning request that was given the green light in 2017, however, approval for these plans expired in January. Under the updated plans submitted to the Scottish Borders Council, Torabhaig Distillery owner Mossburn Distillers hopes to construct two distilleries with adjoining visitor centres, as well as…

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Spiced rum: potential to ‘push boundaries’

Traditionally, spiced rum has been seen as a sweet and sugary variant of the popular spirit. But thanks to a new generation of producers, the category is hotting up. *This feature was originally published in the June 2020 issue of The Spirits Business The spiced rum category is undergoing a revival as producers turn away from its sickly‐sweet reputation in favour of quality‐led products made with authentic ingredients that challenge the status quo. Flavoured and…

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Hey French: you could have done this, but you didn’t

Famiglia Pasqua, a wine producer from Northeast Italy’s Veneto region, has introduced Hey French: you could have done this, but you didn’t. A rule-breaking multi-vintage Bianco Veneto IGT from the Soave Classico zone, this still white wine is now shipping. Hey French “First Edition” is a blend of four vintages — 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 — and three grape varieties: 60% garganega rounded out by pinot bianco and sauvignon blanc. Fruit was sourced from several parcels…

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90+ Cellars Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

This is the newest addition to the 90+ Cellars Classic Series, and the first red wine in their collection made with 100% organic grapes. The Montepulciano grapes are fermented under temperature control in stainless steel tanks and then matured for 6-8 months in a blend of tank and barrel before being bottled. Similar in taste profile to a chianti, this is an expressive, smooth and elegant Italian red wine, the company says. This wine is…

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