Wine and gin hybrid breaks into US market

Hybrid wine and gin drinks brand Gin King, which is based in the UK county of Surrey, has secured a £90,000 (US$112,000) export deal with a US wine merchant. The brand has entered into an agreement with merchant and importer Plume Ridge, which will see its lower-alcohol products stocked in around 350 Cost Plus World Market stores across the US. The move will increase the brand’s annual turnover by 10% to £1 million (US$1.24m) by…

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Provision Spirits debuts Milam and Greene whiskey brand

Ben Milam Whiskey producer Provision Spirits has unveiled a new flagship brand, called Milam and Greene Whiskey. The new range is said to reflect “Texas terroir” with its first expressions: Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Casks. “Our new Milam and Greene Whiskey represents the future of our distillery and has been a long time in the making,” said Marsha Milam, partner. “This is the first bottling of…

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Littlemill 29 Year Old joins Private Cellar Collection

Only 600 bottles of a 29-year-old single malt from silent Scotch whisky distillery Littlemill have been released globally, priced at £2,750 (US$3,426). Bottled at 47.3%, Littlemill 29 Year Old is the third release in the Private Cellar Collection and was created by Loch Lomond master blender Michael Henry. Littlemill has partnered with crystal glassware producer Glencairn to design the packaging for the release. Each Glencairn decanter is adorned with an illustration of the River Clyde…

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Reyka Vodka opens ‘first’ glacier bar

Icelandic vodka brand Reyka is inviting drinks fans to explore its native country by opening the “first” bar on a glacier. The William Grant & Sons-owned vodka brand will open a bar on the Langjökull Glacier, which is the water source for Reyka Vodka. Fabiano Latham, Rekya Vodka brand ambassador, said: “We’re puffin-chuffed to bring the charmingly offbeat spirit of Reyka Vodka to the world with this one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drink our vodka in…

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Distilled Spirits Council appoints chief legal officer

US trade body the Distilled Spirits Council and Responsibility.org have appointed Courtney J Armour as chief legal officer and corporate secretary of both organisations. Armour has previously worked for law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, where she was a member of the company’s antitrust group. Armour represented clients on competition matters in litigation, merger advocacy, product innovation and business counselling, covering both domestic and international government investigations. She has also worked as a competition…

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