Didsbury Gin receives £420,000 investment

English producer Didsbury Gin has secured a £420,000 (US$528,800) investment to help it expand internationally. Manchester-based Didsbury Gin, which was launched in 2017 by Liam Manton and Mark Smallwood, boasts a range of six flavoured variants. Following a £75,000 (US$96,500) investment offer on hit BBC programme Dragons’ Den in January last year, the gin producer has received new funding from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). In 2019, the business received £100,000 (US$126,000) from the NPIF FW…

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Diablesse Rum listings boost turnover 400%

Manchester-based rum brand Diablesse reported a 400% turnover increase in its second year after securing listings with UK supermarkets and wholesalers. The blended rum brand is available in Fenwick and Selfridges stores, as well as through online retailers Master of Malt, 31 Dover and The Whisky Exchange. The brand also recently secured listings with supermarket chain The Co-op and wholesaler Booker. Diablesse Rum’s new listings and its partnerships with bar operators New World Trading Company…

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The week in pictures

The spirits world rung in the New Year this week with a host of high-profile parties, celebrity appearances and countless cocktails. First up, Nikki Beach at Caribbean island Saint Barts welcomed chart-topping DJ Kygo to its New Years celebrations, which were inspired by “chateau chic meets punk rock”. The Higher Love DJ appeared at the festivities alongside a Queen-influenced dance show from Visionair and “regal elements reinterpreted in a modern style”.

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The week in pictures

Scotch whisky brand Talisker kicked off this year’s Atlantic rowing challenge with a school for rowers and a gathering of explorers and ocean enthusiasts. The Talisker Atlantic Challenge will see more than 100 rowers travel 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. At the starting line of this year’s expedition, Talisker hosted a gathering of outdoor adventurers, explorers, rowers and ocean enthusiasts including British adventurer James Aiken, actor Matt Smith and endurance athlete Ross…

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European bars to visit in 2020

Europe has long-been home to some of the best bars in the world. Tireless innovation keeps the region’s watering holes fresh, exciting and relevant. Once again, London has treated the world to a huge raft of new bars in 2019 – from chic hotel spots to dreamy drinking dens, the city has it all. Highlights from this year’s crop include Vestal Vodka owner William Borrell’s Camden‐based Ladies & Gentlemen, Homeboy from Irish duo Aaron Wall…

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