UK gin export sales hit new heights in 2019

British gin sales abroad reached £672 million (US$872.7m) in 2019, according to the latest figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The figures showed a 9% increase in 2019 compared to 2018. In 2016, export sales broke the £500m (US$649m) mark for the first time. Combined sales of gin in the UK and abroad were worth more than £3.2 billion (US$4.2bn) in 2019. More gin is exported around the world than beef, wheat or beer,…

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Spirit Master: Glendalough Rose Gin

As Valentine’s Day approaches this Friday (14 February), SB presents an award-winning gin made with the “most aromatic roses that can be found”. Every week, SB celebrates some of the top-scoring Master medallists from The Global Spirits Masters blind-tasting competitions. We scoured the results of our Gin Masters to find an expression that would be best suited for celebrating with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. During the Gin Masters 2019 blind-tasting competition, Irish brand Glendalough Rose Gin was…

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Chapel Down closes Gin Works microdistillery in London

English wine producer Chapel Down has closed its Gin Works microdistillery in London after a year due to a lack of customers visiting the site. A notice on the site’s website said the Gin Works is now closed and to “stayed tuned for updates”. The firm said its gin and vodka range was “unaffected” by the closure of Gin Works. Customers who had booked experiences will be offered a full refund or an alternative Chapel…

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Hendrick’s to launch Lunar gin in UK

William Grant & Sons-owned Hendrick’s has unveiled a new limited edition moon-inspired gin, called Lunar. The limited edition Lunar gin is the second “innovative” release from master distiller Lesley Gracie’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, which is said to be “a place of experimental botanic alchemy” at the Hendrick’s Gin Palace in Scotland. It follows the launch of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice in February 2019. Bottled at 43.4% ABV, Lunar is described as “distinctly floral with a delicate…

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Bombay Sapphire launches gin liqueurs

Bacardi-owned Bombay Sapphire gin has moved into liqueurs with the launch of a gift pack containing four 50ml expressions. Each bottled at 20% ABV, the new Bombay Creations Gin Liqueurs pack contains four “trend-based” variants: Rose, Hibiscus, Strawberry and Raspberry. The new expressions were created to complement the juniper and citrus notes of Bombay Sapphire gin, and the liqueurs’ pink hues are said to make “Instagram-ready drinks”. The Rose option provides a “subtle pink tone…

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