Berry Bros bottles BenRiach for Chinese New Year

Wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has bottled a 2008 vintage BenRiach single malt Scotch to mark Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rat. Chinese New Year, the Chinese festival that marks the start of the Chinese calendar, will begin on 25 January, with 2020 being the Year of the Rat. Bottled at 58.3% ABV, the single malt whisky is limited to only 100 bottles, priced at £88 (US$115) per 700ml.…

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Senser debuts ‘mood-enhancing’ zero-ABV ‘spirits’

Booze-free botanical ‘spirit’ brand Senser has launched three “mood-enhancing” alcohol alternatives inspired by traditional medicines and shamanic practices. Designed to be treated like a traditional spirit, Senser has launched with three variants: Power, Love and Joy. Each expression features a “curated blend of botanical ingredients” that enhances its namesake attribute. Founded by trained plants alchemist Vanessa Jacoby, Senser was created to “elevate social situations into mood-enhancing experiences”. Power features botanicals such as gotu kola, orange…

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Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake launches in UK

Diageo has released its limited edition red velvet cake-flavoured Baileys Irish cream liqueur in the UK. The limited edition Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake was first released in the US in October 2019 as part of a collaboration with the founders of US bakery Georgetown Cupcake. Baileys Red Velvet liqueur is said to taste like “fresh chocolate cake, topped with a dollop of cream cheese frosting and just a hint of cocoa powder”. The finish has…

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Salcombe Distilling moves into rum with Wolf Rock

English gin producer Salcombe Distilling Co has entered a new spirit category for the first time with the launch of a cask-aged rum, called Wolf Rock. Salcombe Distilling Co is based in the English coastal town of Salcombe in South Devon and produces a range of gins, including a pink expression. Wolf Rock rum is named after a nautical landmark at the entrance to Salcombe’s estuary, which marks the start and end of the 19th-century…

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Mirabeau Rosé Gin is latest pink expression

Provence wine brand Mirabeau has joined the expanding pink gin trend with its own colourful iteration – marking the company’s first foray into spirits. The brand’s British founders, Stephen and Jeany Cronk, were behind Mirabeau Rosé Gin. The expression was made by extracting grape alcohol from the dealcoholisation process during the production of Mirabeau’s new lower-ABV rosé wine. Botanicals used in the gin’s production are: juniper, citrus, orris root, angelica root, coriander seed, rose petals,…

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