Top 10 spirits launches in July 2020

From Buckingham Palace’s own gin to rare whiskies for Johnnie Walker’s 200th birthday, there were a number of exciting new products for spirits fans last month. July was a busy period for spirits producers with a number of new products that tapped into the latest trends, as well as innovative cask finishes and commemorative bottlings. For Johnnie Walker’s 200th anniversary this year, the brand unveiled four new expressions, while Brewdog Distilling joined the hard seltzer…

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What’s on this weekend

Ardbeg Smoke Sessions Islay distillery Ardbeg has partnered with DJ BBQ to create an online series that will guide food and drinks lovers through creating barbecue dishes and smoky whisky cocktails at home this summer. The Smoke Sessions will see DJ BBQ – also known as Christian Stevenson – show consumers how to apply the rules of ‘smoke, wood and heat’ to create barbecue dishes and drinks using Arbeg whisky. Fans can tune into a…

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Lakes Distillery unveils orange wine cask-finished whisky

English spirits producer The Lakes Distillery has added two new whiskies to The One collection, the first finished in orange wine casks and the second in Sherry casks. The One Orange Wine Cask was finished in first-fill American oak casks, seasoned with Vino de Naranja (orange wine). This ‘rare’ wine is made exclusively in Huelva, Andalusia, on the southern coast of Spain. Bottled at 46.6% ABV, only 2,994 bottles of The One Orange Wine Cask…

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Lakes Distillery sells stake to investment firm

Cumbria’s Lakes Distillery has sold a minority stake of its business to investment firm Comhar Capital for £4.25 million (US$5.5m) to support its growth plans. The funding will support the English producer’s ongoing investment programme and “continued growth” in maturing whisky stocks. It will also assist with investment in the distillery and visitor centre and will see production capacity triple to more than 1m bottles annually. Nigel Mills, co-founder and CEO of The Lakes Distillery,…

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