Christmas tree tips flavour Berkshire dry gin

English distiller Yattendon has created a gin using Christmas tree tips as one of its key botanicals, called Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin. Distilled at the Berkshire-based distillery, the new gin is flavoured with Norway spruce tips, as well as eight other botanicals – juniper, coriander, angelica, sweet orange peel, pink grapefruit, lemon peel, cassia and orris. Bottled at 40.3% ABV, Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin is said to have a “crisp and delicate taste” on the…

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Rooster Rojo Tequila heads to Russia and Norway

Amber Beverage Group-owned Rooster Rojo Tequila has expanded its global footprint by launching in Russia and Norway. The 100% blue weber agave Tequila brand has partnered with Altair Group to enter the Russian market, and will work with Engelstad Spirits as it brings its portfolio to Norway. Rooster Rojo Tequila is already available in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Austria, the Netherlands and the Baltic States. Mantas Zlatkus, global brand director…

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Confessions of a retailer: Vinmonopolet

Martin Tønder Smith, product manager at Vinmonopolet, sheds some light on the values and operations of Norway’s only spirits retailer, which must navigate a dark monopoly market. What sparked your interest in spirits? I started tending bars in 1998, and an interest in the stories behind each bottle sparked something close to an obsession. I later worked as a spirits writer and spent 10 years importing and selling spirits before starting in my current position.…

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