Nicole Sykes joins Maker’s Mark

Edrington-Beam Suntory UK has appointed former Satan’s Whiskers bartender Nicole Sykes as Maker’s Mark diplomat. In her new role, Sykes will share the story of Maker’s Mark with bartenders and Bourbon fans across the UK. She will also work to support the on-trade once it reopens after coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Sykes takes over the position from Amanda Humphrey, who joined the brand in 2017. Sykes joins the Bourbon brand after heading up London bar…

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UK government votes in favour of hospitality minister

MPs have voted in favour of creating a minister of hospitality in the UK following a 90-minute debate in Westminster yesterday (11 January). The notion was debated by the UK government after an online petition secured more than 200,000 signatures. The vote in support of a minister of hospitality does not guarantee the role will be created. However, the hospitality industry welcomed the government’s recognition of the sector’s importance and hopes the debate will pressure…

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More than 200,000 back minister for hospitality

A petition to create a minister for hospitality in the UK government has surpassed 200,000 signatures and parliament will debate the matter today (11 January). The petition, which can be followed on social media using the hashtag #seatatthetable, was launched in October 2020 and had gained the support of 204,951 signatures at the time of writing. The petition will be debated at 4.30pm GMT. Petitions need 100,000 signatures to qualify for a parliamentary debate. It…

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Mauritian rum brand launches in UK

Newly-formed Beach Bum Beverages has released its namesake Mauritian rums in the UK. The new rum brand consists of two variants: Beach Bum Rum Gold and Beach Bum Rum Silver. The 40% ABV expressions have been made using a combination of column and pot stills, and have flavours of coconut and vanilla. The rums are the brainchild of Scottish entrepreneur David Adamson, who visited Mauritius on a trip in 2016. He sought to create rums…

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Catoctin Creek launches Roundstone Rye in UK

Virginia-based Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has released three Roundstone Rye whiskeys in the UK. Based in Loudoun County in the north of Virginia, Catoctin Creek produces whiskey, gin and brandy. In January 2017, Svedka Vodka owner Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in Catoctin Creek. Consumers in the UK will be able to purchase Roundstone Rye in three variants: 80 Proof (40% ABV), Distiller’s Edition 92 Proof (46% ABV) and Cask Proof (58.9% ABV). The…

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