Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2019: 40-31

The “world’s first” gin made with Pinot Noir grapes, a basil-infused limoncello and an American-Canadian hybrid whisky dominate the second chapter of our most innovative spirits launches list. In 2019, a number of producers unveiled innovative line extensions including Scotch brand Glenfiddich with its Grand Cru whisky, and Sweden’s Mackmyra Distillery, which created a single malt finished in ex-Calvados casks. A series of firsts saw the launch of the UK’s “first” hemp-infused gin, while English winemaker…

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Top 10 spirits launches in January 2019

A hemp-infused gin, a Swedish whisky aged in rum casks and a single malt range inspired by Game of Thrones are among the top products to launch last month. The beginning of the year was particularly busy for the spirits world with a number of new products entering the market. During a booze-free month made popular by Dry January, Caleño became the latest non-alcoholic brand to join the fast-growing category. Meanwhile, a number of producers…

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Hemp-infused gin Hin launches in UK

An English producer has released the UK’s “first” hemp-infused gin inspired by a Celtic princess who dates back to 373BC. Princess Cambri Formosa used to teach women of her clan how to sew and weave with hemp, creating clothing, ropes and sacks. The use of hemp in ropes, sails and riggings continued into the Tudor dynasty and king Henry VIII of England made it compulsory for farmers to grow hemp during his reign. Now, co-founders…

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