Taste top XO brandy and rum at The Wine & Spirits Show

As The Wine & Spirits Show fast approaches, we put a spotlight on some of the latest award-winning spirits that will be available to sample during the two-day event.

The Wine & Spirits Show will take place on 12 and 13 April at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London, following the success of the inaugural show last year.

The event will encompass two halls – one dedicated to wine and one to spirits – and will feature a number of masterclasses for the trade and consumers.

In the spirits hall, there will be a Global Masters Spirits Zone, where visitors can taste award-winning expressions from the Global Spirits Masters – a series of blind-tasting competitions assessed by completely independent and expert judges.

The area will be manned by some of the judges behind the competition, who will be able to take visitors through the various expressions and tasting processes.

Products already confirmed include Aluna Coconut rum, Scotland’s Orkney Gin Company Johnsmas and Cornish-based distillery Pocketful of Stones’ Mutiny Bitters, Caspyn Dry Gin, and Morveren Absinthe.

In addition, a number of rums will be available at the show including Master winner Ron Izalco – 10 Year Central American Blend. Produced by Phenomenal Spirits, the rum is made with volcanic sugar cane and aged in charred American oak casks.

Manchester-based Farman & Son Diablesse will also be bringing its Diablesse Caribbean Rum and Gold medallist Diablesse Clementine Caribbean Spiced Rum to the show.

The Caribbean Rum is a blend of three liquids: an eight-year-old Bagan rum from Foursquare Distillery, a four-year-old from Worthy Park and a two-year-old Guyanese rum from Diamond Distillery.

Netherlands-based Meanie Distilling will also showcase its Master-winning Meanie absinthe, which is bottled at 68% abv.

French drinks group La Martiniquaise/Bardinet will also offer its award-winning Brandy Bardinet XO, Brandy Bardinet VSOP, Beehive VSOP and Beehive XO.

Beehive XO is the latest addition to the Beehive brandy range and is a blend of long-aged eaux-de-vie with a touch of Armagnac XO.

The trade will be welcome from 2-5pm on Friday. To register for the trade session, click here.

For details of the free trade masterclasses, click here.

The event will open to consumers from 2-9pm on Friday and 1-8pm on Saturday.


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Author: Nicola Carruthers {authorlink}