Top 10 spirits launches in March 2020

A new Johnnie Walker bottling to celebrate women, Martini’s non-alcoholic aperitivos and a Dewar’s whisky finished in mezcal casks were among the top products unveiled last month. In March, a number of line extensions were revealed, including a new Bombay Sapphire gin, Martini aperitivos made without alcohol and a 27-year-old Redbreast Irish whiskey. It was a busy month for spirits as producers tapped into new flavour trends, the low-alcohol category and experimented with unusual casks.…

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Bacardi ramps up hand sanitiser production

Family-owned firm Bacardi has pledged to produce 1.1 million litres of alcohol for hand sanitiser production, while Indian spirits group Radico Khaitan has also vowed to make the disinfectant. Last week, Bacardi shifted production at its Puerto Rico distillery to provide raw materials to make hand sanitiser. The family-owned spirits producer has now expanded its commitment to make the disinfectant by pledging to supply 267,000 gallons (1.1m litres) of alcohol. Eight of Bacardi’s manufacturing sites…

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Bombay Sapphire adds flavoured Bramble gin to range

Bacardi has added a new berry-flavoured gin to its Bombay Sapphire line, said to be “transformational for the coloured gin category”. The new Bombay Bramble gin is described as “bursting with natural berry flavours” and is said to “capture the essence of fresh blackberries and raspberries harvested at their ripest moment”. Ivano Tonutti, Bombay Sapphire master of botanicals, said: “Launching a flavour expression was always going to take time as it’s important that the taste experience…

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Top 10 spirits launches in February 2020

The “world’s first” carbon-neutral gin, a Bourbon cask-finished Courvoisier spirit drink and Ireland’s “oldest” Irish whiskey range were among the top products unveiled last month. With Dry January over, spirits producers unveiled their latest innovations in February to attract new drinkers. Gin dominated our list with new line extensions from Gordon’s, which continued to build on its flavoured portfolio, while Hendrick’s and Martin Miller’s unveiled limited edition offerings in the UK. Cognac brand Courvoisier experimented…

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Gin industry must ‘educate a safety culture’

The gin industry must “keep moving forward” with educating small producers about the dangers of distilling, Bombay Sapphire’s master distiller has warned. In December last year, The Gin Guild produced a safety poster for distillers to highlight the dangers of handling ethanol solutions. Created in collaboration with not‐for‐profit organisation the Solvents Industry Association (SIA), the guide was created in light of the increased numbers of “new and often comparatively inexperienced distillers”. The guide was also…

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