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Virgin Wines adds boozy crackers and baubles to Christmas menu

Published:  31 October, 2017

Virgin Wines has taken Christmas gifting to a new level beyond the advent calendar with the launch of Prosecco, wine and gin Christmas Crackers and Boozy Baubles.

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Litmus Wines expands international trail for Ginking

Published:  26 October, 2017

Litmus Wines has expanded the international reach of its hybrid wine and gin Ginking brand to Switzerland just a year after launch.

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Tory backbenchers team up with the WSTA to produce their own gin

Published:  05 October, 2017

The WSTA has continued its rallying cry to the government to support producers of British gin, by convincing the 1922 Committee on board to make its own blend. 

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Gin: A larger slice of the pie

Published:  02 October, 2017

The boom in gin start-ups and thirst for premium brands is driving growth at all levels of production. But is there room for everyone? Jo Gilbert reports

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WSTA calls on Labour MPs to champion gin industry

Published:  26 September, 2017

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) last night called on Labour MPs to champion the booming British gin industry at its 'Fringe' event.

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Durham secures £250,000 investment

Published:  21 September, 2017

Craft distillery Durham has received a £250,000 investment from the Finance Durham fund managed by Maven Capital Partners.

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Bartenders head to Morocco for finals of international gin competition

Published:  18 September, 2017

Ten bartenders are arriving in Marrakech today ready for the world finals of the Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition.

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Pernod creates stand alone division for gin brands

Published:  06 September, 2017

Spirits giant Pernod Ricard has announced it is moving three of its flagship gin brands into a dedicated division in order to concentrate on the growth opportinities within the category.

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Rum set to break £1 billion barrier

Published:  26 August, 2017

Hot on the heels of gin, rum is the latest spirit set to reach sales of £1 billion later this year.

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Collagin responds to watchdog’s calls for buyers to boycott its products

Published:  24 August, 2017

The owners of Young in Spirit, the producer of CollaGin, has hit out at The Portman Group for damaging its business after a Retailer Alert Bulletin was issued against its product.

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Alcohol dominates list of top seven UK food and drink exports

Published:  18 August, 2017

Four out of the top seven performing export categories in the UK’s food and drink market are alcoholic, new figures have revealed.

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Bombay Sapphire reveals campaign partners

Published:  14 August, 2017

Bombay Sapphire has partnered with ten bars across Europe as part of its recently launched ‘A Gin Of Ten Journeys’ campaign.

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NWTC hits the road

Published:  10 August, 2017

The company behind the Botanist has adapted its offering to four wheels so that it can tour the country with its cocktails and craft beers.

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Edinburgh Gin unveils new look for fruit liqueurs

Published:  10 August, 2017

Edinburgh Gin has unveiled a new design for its fruit gin liqueurs in a bid to bring the the range in-line with the brand’s core portfolio.

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Aldi pulls in 20-medal haul at IWSC

Published:  26 July, 2017

Aldi is having a good month.

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Pickering’s Gin and Edinburgh Festival Fringe toast 70 years with limited edition

Published:  20 July, 2017

Craft distiller Pickering's Gin has teamed up with Edinburgh Festival Fringe to celebrate their joint 70th anniversaries with a limited edition bottle of its Bombay spirit.

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Gin Mare brings Med Rooftop to London

Published:  06 July, 2017

Premium gin brand Gin Mare is offering those not able to escape the hustle and bustle of the city this summer a place to unwind with a Mediterranean-inspired rooftop pop up bar.

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Hendrick’s bolsters brand with Orbium

Published:  05 May, 2017

Hendrick’s gin has released a brand extension which combines quinine, wormwood and blue lotus.

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Sustainable gin which uses by-products of Sussex winery releases second batch

Published:  16 March, 2017

A British gin distilled with grapes from a Sussex vineyard is gearing up to release of its second batch following its launch in September.

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Gin replaces spirit-based drinks in ONS inflation basket

Published:  14 March, 2017

The ONS, which has not included the price of gin in inflation calculations for 13 years, today unveiled it had re-introduced it in light of "increased expenditure" on the popular tipple, which has replaced spirit-based drinks in the basket.

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Think Gin 2017 Awards: Winners announced

Published:  10 March, 2017

This week Harpers' held its third Think Gin event to celebrate the growth of this versatile, yet undeniably British spirit.

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Snapshot of gin as it's crowned the king of Christmas spirits' growth

Published:  08 March, 2017

The gin renaissance has been in full swing for some time now, but new data has confirmed its position as the major cause of excitement - and growth - in the spirits category.

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Halewood and Pernod Ricard show commitment to flavoured spirits

Published:  07 March, 2017

The trend for flavoured spirits is showing no signs of slowing down with further launches this week from Halewood and Pernod Ricard.

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Think Gin 2017: Mapping out gin's future

Published:  06 March, 2017

When something gets too big or grows too fast, it's only a matter of time before the wolves gather, waiting for it to fall - or trying to knock it - off its pedestal. This is true of gin, where the spirit's unprecedented rise has made it a target for gleeful mutterings that it's finally past its peak.  

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Sales of bourbon predicted to explode in the UK over next five years

Published:  03 March, 2017

Sales of bourbon could rival those of Scotch in the UK over the next five to ten years new data has shown.  

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Jumping Juniper

Published:  01 March, 2017

Yes, I published a book about gin last year (I promise that's it for the shameless promotion), but I have no reservations about confessing that I didn't see this current trend for gin lasting so long. Whether it was an over-saturation of the market, familiarity-bred

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Spirit sales across Western Europe in sharp decline

Published:  28 February, 2017

Spirit sales across Western Europe have been hit by poor performances from the majority of countries, with only the UK and four other countries showing growth.

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Campari strengthens premium spirit range with acquisition of Bulldog Gin

Published:  21 February, 2017

Gruppo Campari has bought Bulldog Gin for £47 million.

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CETA deal to boost spirits sales to Canada

Published:  16 February, 2017

Industry leaders have welcomed the ratification of the controversial CETA trade deal, which will eliminate almost all import tariffs on wines, spirits travelling from the EU to Canada. 

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  27 January, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Diageo celebrates growth in 2017 interim results

Published:  26 January, 2017

Spirits giant Diageo has reported a better than expected rise in sales helped by improvements in its US business and its Scotch portfolio.

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Craft beer and gin exports follow in footsteps of Scotch

Published:  26 January, 2017

Scotch may be one of the UK's greatest export success stories, but craft beer and gin are fast catching up, according to figures released by Defra yesterday to coincide with Burns' Night.

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Arbikie adds wheat and honey gin to range

Published:  25 January, 2017

Premium Scottish field-to-bottle distillery Arbikie Highland Estate has added a second gin to its award-winning range.

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Inside London's super distillery

Published:  24 January, 2017

In case anyone was in doubt, the opening of new London hotspot, Portobello Road's The Distillery, is proof that the gin renaissance is alive and well in London. 

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England's smallest whisky distillery to open in Yorkshire

Published:  23 January, 2017

A Yorkshire couple are to build a England's smallest whisky distillery in the North Yorkshire village of Sutton-on-the-Forest.

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Pinkster Gin follows Matthew Clark listing with first special edition bottle

Published:  16 January, 2017

With Majestic Retail and others reporting bumper sales of premium gin over the festive trading period, one gin brand in particular is looking to make the most out of the UK's next significant commercial holiday. 

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Majestic Retail has "biggest ever Christmas" during bumper trading period

Published:  10 January, 2017

Sales of sparkling and gin helped to put a skip back into Majestic's step over the Christmas period with total group sales up 15.3% compared to the previous year.

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Eden Mill is putting itself - and St Andrews - on the gin and whisky map

Published:  19 December, 2016

Visitors to the Scottish town of St Andrews will no doubt have heard of the university, its hallowed 18th green as the birthplace of golf and, as time goes on, Eden Mill.

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Sipsmith purchase by Beam Suntory brings welcome reaction from WSTA

Published:  16 December, 2016

Beam Suntory's purchase of a 100% controlling stake in Sipsmith, the artisanal London Dry Gin producer, points to the growing global reach of the renaissance in British gin.

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Alan Sugar's big gin debate: Are coloured gins a big no-no?

Published:  09 December, 2016

The issues surrounding colouring usually clear spirits came to the wider public's attention last night with the latest episode of BBC1's The Apprentice.

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Record-breaking year for gin makes it the success story of 2016, says WSTA

Published:  09 December, 2016

2016 has proved to be a record-breaking year for gin, with end of year sales continuing to soar.

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French gin partners with London's hotel bars

Published:  07 December, 2016

Ethical spirits brand Fair has teamed up with 12 top London hotels to launch its Christmas marketing campaign. 

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WSTA outlines "the road ahead" for Brexit ministers

Published:  01 December, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is calling for Brexit ministers to let the drinks industry lead negotiations to ensure the best possible free trade agreements with the EU andfurther afield. 

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Bacardi expands global leadership team

Published:  29 November, 2016

Spirit behemoth Bacardi has appointed a new senior vice president and global chief communications officer.

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Four Pillars joins up with Love Drinks for UK distribution

Published:  28 November, 2016

Yara Valley distillery Four Pillars Gin, has appointed a new distributor for the UK.

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Getting into the Christmas spirit

Published:  16 November, 2016

As the countdown begins to the most wonderful - and lucrative - time of the year, Harpers looks at how retailers can make the most of the opportunities presented by premium spirits.

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Spotlight on Scottish gin inside the Scottish Parliament

Published:  04 November, 2016

Scotland's contribution to the UK's gin boom took centre stage at a meeting of MSPs and producers inside the Scottish Parliament, where it was recognised for being one of - if not the - biggest gin exporters in the world.

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New wine and spirits listings at Sainsbury's and Asda

Published:  03 November, 2016

Argentinean winery Bodega Argento is preparing to launch a new line of "fresh and fun" Buenos Aires-inspired wines to Sainsbury's this winter.

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Consumers looking to premium spirits to express themselves, says Waitrose report

Published:  02 November, 2016

Self-expression and defining "who you are through what you drink" were the key drinks trends to come out of Waitrose's Food and Drink Report 2016 released today.

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Morrisons targets premium spirits segment with Ableforth's listings

Published:  14 October, 2016

Morrisons is to list two new spirits from Kent-based distillery Ableforth's across 300 of its stores.

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Dublin City Gin aims to replicate Irish success across the UK

Published:  12 October, 2016

The team behind the award-winning Dublin City Gin are targeting the UK market just months after launch.

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British Gin exports to the US rises by 553% in a decade

Published:  03 October, 2016

British Gin accounts for a quarter of all UK spirits exported to the USA, according to figures released today.

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Langley's brand expands range with Old Tom gin

Published:  26 September, 2016

Following the successful launch of Langley's No. 8 gin three years ago, Charter Brands is launching an Old Tom gin to its range.

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Sipsmith launches quarterly subscription service

Published:  22 September, 2016

Artisanal gin company Sipsmith has launched a quarterly subscription service for consumers following a successful trial.

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Edinburgh Gin purchased by Ian Macleod Distillers

Published:  15 September, 2016

Spencerfield Spirit Company and owner of the Edinburgh Gin brand has been acquired by Ian Macleod Distillers for an undisclosed sum.

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WSTA: Gin crosses the £1b barrier earlier than forecasted

Published:  13 September, 2016

Due to the warm English summer both gin sales have soared and the value of gin sales has now crossed the £1 billion barrier six months earlier than forecasted, according the Wine and Spirits Trade Association's latest figures.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  02 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Diageo Reserve gin teams up with nine luxury brands for Perfect Ten campaign

Published:  01 September, 2016

Diageo gin brand Tanqueray No. TEN is launching a new on and off-trade campaign which will see it team up with nine luxury brands and craftsmen from across the UK.

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City of London Distillery joins Spirit Cartel

Published:  30 August, 2016
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Gin cocktail competition launches in four UK cities

Published:  26 August, 2016

The team behind Masons Yorkshire Gin are holding their first cocktail competition since their launch in 2013, with the winner launching their own limited edition batch of the spirit under the Masons label.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  26 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Gordon's gin switches up bottle for first time in decades

Published:  25 August, 2016

Gordon's gin has revealed a fresh new look for the first time in decades. 

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Cocktail craze responsible for soaring sales of gin at Waitrose

Published:  19 August, 2016

Sales of gin at Waitrose are up 17% on last year thanks to a new wave of millennials discovering gin-based cocktails.

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Kyoto Distillery granted production licence to produce Japan's first gin

Published:  19 August, 2016

Japan's first artisan gin producer, The Kyoto Distillery, has been granted a production licence, to begin producing its inaugural release KI NO BI Dry Gin.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  19 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Persie Distillery opens its doors to craft gin tourism

Published:  17 August, 2016

A new tourist attraction for artisanal gin lovers is hoping to put Scotland on the gin map.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  12 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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WSTA to support British Distillers Alliance through Brexit

Published:  10 August, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has pledged to advise, support and protect smaller producers through the current period of economic and political uncertainty.

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Gin to star in its first full-length feature film

Published:  09 August, 2016

Gin has become the runaway star of the spirits industry in recent times - and it now starring in its own movie.

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Summer push for Diageo Reserve's super premium gin

Published:  29 June, 2016

Diageo Reserve's super premium gin brand, Tanqueray No. TEN, has partnered with a series of London venues to continue to seize on gin's forward momentum.

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Beefeater gin launches newly designed bottle pay homage to London

Published:  29 June, 2016

Iconic London Dry gin brand Beefeater is launching a redesigned bottle which pays homage to the City.

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Gin now one in every three bottles of spirit sold at Waitrose

Published:  13 June, 2016

Waitrose has revealed that its top selling three spirits are now all gin - knocking out Pimm's from the top three - as the gin boom continues to gain ground.

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Eight annual World Gin Day set to sweeps UK tomorrow

Published:  10 June, 2016

The eight annual World Gin Day, which is tomorrow 11 June, 2016, is set to host more than 70 different events around the globe.

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Halo effect in gin creating thirst for premium tonic

Published:  09 June, 2016

Premium brand 1724 Tonic Water has found a new UK distributor as it aims to gain ground in the growing premium tonic market.

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Can wine learn from gin's Meet the Maker approach?

Published:  02 June, 2016

The team behind next week's Junipalooza gin extravaganza is demanding that the producers and distillers physically attend the fair - otherwise they're not coming in.

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Size doesn't matter, says co-founder of new multi-million pound "mega" distillery

Published:  31 May, 2016

The co-founder of Portobello Road Gin has revealed that building a 'super-distillery' was never the intention behind plans to build a four-storey gin destination in the heart of Notting Hill.

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Whiskey, rum and vodka triumph against the odds to beat gin in consumer poll

Published:  27 May, 2016

Vodka, whiskey and rum have dominated a campaign to find the nation's favourite craft spirits - despite gin making up 80% of the entries.

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Borough Wines launches eighth store with in-house gin distillery

Published:  23 May, 2016

Borough Wines & Beers' new Islington store will become the new home to a London-based gin company.

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Daffy's partners with F1 Manor Racing team for limited edition gin

Published:  20 May, 2016

Daffy's gin has partner with F1 Manor Racing team and is releasing its first limited edition bottling of just 2,500 bottles being produced.

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Is "small-batch" and "craft" gin the same thing?

Published:  17 May, 2016

Since the gin renaissance took off with a vengeance in 2010, the terms "craft" and "small-batch" have, in many cases, become one and the same.

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Analysis: Brand equity is critical in an increasingly saturated gin market

Published:  17 May, 2016

In an increasingly saturated gin market building brands, like Sipsmith and Langley's Gin, with a long-term vision could not be more important.

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Third annual Ginposium 2016 sells out

Published:  16 May, 2016

The third annual Ginposium 2016 was hosted on the 12 May at the London Transport Museum in Convent Garden which sold out with 120 delegates attending the technical conference.

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Spike in gin and rosé sales at Waitrose as bbq season kicks off

Published:  16 May, 2016

A surprisingly warm early start to May was reflected in an increase in sales of gin (up 15%) and rosé wine (up 39 per cent) at Waitrose.

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New Scottish gin brand smells its way to success

Published:  13 May, 2016

A new Scottish gin brand is hoping to unlock gin-lovers taste buds by appealing to their sense of smell.

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Could leaving the EU apply the brakes to the gin boom?

Published:  13 May, 2016

Leaders in the gin industry gathered to highlight the dangers Brexit poses to the millions of bottles of gin exported to the EU each year if the UK leaves the single market.

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Hendrick's "Cucumber Couriers" campaign pushes into the on-trade

Published:  02 May, 2016

Premium drinks brand Hendrick's is reminding bartenders how to order up 'the perfect serve' with an on-trade engagement campaign.

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Number of new distilleries in the UK jumps 50% in 2015

Published:  27 April, 2016

Forty-nine new distilleries came online in 2015 according to Nicholas Cook of the Gin Guild, which was based on HRMC's most recent data.

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Around the Globe cocktail menu at London's oldest hotel

Published:  25 April, 2016

The Donovan Bar in Brown's Hotel, Mayfair, is launching a jet-set new cocktail menu showcasing mixology innovations from around the world

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Anti-aging gin is the "alcoholic equivalent of a facial"

Published:  25 April, 2016

A new gin which claims to reverse the aging process and keep the skin looking fresh even after a night of drinking has been released in North Wales.

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Over 14,000 gin and tonic pairings at London's "largest" gin bar

Published:  19 April, 2016

Holborn Dining Room's newly opened The Gin Bar is claiming to have London's biggest selection of gins and tonics.

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Pinkster gin jumps aboard for partnership with global cosmetics brand

Published:  14 April, 2016

Premium gin Pinkster has been selected to set sail with a global beauty brand, as a primary spirits provider.

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Pinkster gin launches £600,000 crowdfunding campaign on Growthdeck

Published:  04 April, 2016

Pinkster gin, the producer of raspberry flavoured and lightly coloured pink gin, has launched a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to raise a minimum of £600,000.

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Bristol-based micro-distillery Psychopomp expands into retail premises

Published:  01 April, 2016

Bristol's Psychopomp micro-distillery is to open retail premises on the city's St Michael's Hill, close to the university.

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#HotCraftSpirits campaign to partner with online drinks retailer 31Dover.com

Published:  01 April, 2016

Specialist online drinks retailer 31Dover.com has partnered with Twitter campaign #HotCraftSpirits, which is seeking to identify the most popular craft spirit brands in the UK.

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Halewood unveils new four-strong craft spirit range

Published:  31 March, 2016

Independent drinks manufacturer and distributor Halewood International is launching a new range of craft spirits to target younger millenniel drinkers thirsty for new flavour combinations and drink experiences.

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Poetic License gin plans national roll-out after strong regional launch

Published:  30 March, 2016

New Sunderland-based small-batch distillery Poetic License is looking to roll out nationally after a successful launch in the North East late last year.

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Chase Distillery marks eighth birthday with San Francisco double gold

Published:  30 March, 2016

Herefordshire-based Chase Distillery is celebrating its eighth birthday this week with a double gold award at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirit Competition for its Williams GB Gin.

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Spirits business and retail outlets drive strong profit growth at Adnams

Published:  24 March, 2016

Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and retailer, saw profits rise 7.3% in 2015, despite flat sales growth.

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Four Pillars wins second San Francisco Double Gold for Rare Dry Gin

Published:  23 March, 2016

Small-batch Australian distillery Four Pillars has taken home a Double Gold from the prestigious  San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its Rare Dry Gin.

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Dunnet Bay launches limited edition Rock Rose seasonal gin range

Published:  21 March, 2016

Scotland's award-winning Dunnet Bay Distillery is to launch a series of Rock Rose Gin 'Seasonal Editions', kicking off with a Spring edition, which will be available by May.

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Four Pillars partners with Santamania on ultra-limited edition gin

Published:  17 March, 2016

Australia's Four Pillars distillery has collaborated with the Santamania Destileria Urbana in Madrid on a new limited edition release.

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Golden age for British gin as 49 distilleries open in 2015

Published:  11 March, 2016

The full scale of the gin boom underway in the UK has been revealed for the first time.

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Premium Malfy GDQI aims to bring Italian sunshine to UK gin category

Published:  10 March, 2016

Premium Italian gin Malfy GQDI has launched in the UK - backed the claim that Italy is the true homeland of gin.

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Catalyst to launch Spanish best seller Larios Gin in the UK

Published:  09 March, 2016

Catalyst Brands is to take on Spain's Larios Gin in the UK as part of a partnership with Beam Suntory which begins on April 1.

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Taking a break from the mainstream

Published:  07 March, 2016

It's often said that Champagne sales are a pretty accurate economic barometer, their fluctuations closely matching the financial health of the nation, fast charting out the highs and lows of boom and bust.

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Gin Guild unveils line-up for third annual Ginposium

Published:  03 March, 2016

The Gin Guild has announced details of its third annual Ginposium one-day event.

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Gatwick targets premium gin market with unique on-site distillery and bar

Published:  02 March, 2016

Gatwick's North Terminal has opened what is believed to be the world's first on-site airport gin distillery and bar.

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Think Gin Awards: the winners

Published:  02 March, 2016

There was understandably tough competition for this year's Think Gin Awards, but the following category champions were singled out by our judges for their spirited and imaginative work with the gin category.

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Think Gin 2016 hailed a success

Published:  02 March, 2016

Oversubscribed and packed with members of the on-trade, independent merchants, multiple and wholesale buyers, the second annual Think Gin event at London's Hospital Club was a buzzing event. 

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Bimber Distillery launches with Polish-inspired flavoured vodka range

Published:  23 February, 2016

The Polish-inspired Bimber Distillery, based in London, is to launch a range of premium vodkas onto the UK market.

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Forest Gin partners with Staffordshire pottery on porcelain bottle

Published:  22 February, 2016

Macclesfield-based ultra-premium small-batch Forest Gin has launched a redesigned bottle in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent pottery Wade Ceramics.

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Think Gin award nominations revealed

Published:  19 February, 2016

The shortlists have been announced for the second annual Think Gin awards, which will be held in London on March 1.

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Daffy's gin secures major national listing with Waitrose

Published:  10 February, 2016

Award-winning Scottish small-batch gin, Daffy's has won a national listing in Waitrose.

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Instil adds five craft gins as it readies for March relaunch

Published:  09 February, 2016

Instil Drinks Company, the beer and niche spirits trading arm of Bibendum PLB, has added five new artisan gin distilleries to its portfolio ahead of its relaunch in London on March 1.

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The Botanist attempts world record gin tasting

Published:  08 February, 2016

Manchester-based bar chain The Botanist is hoping the host the world's biggest gin tasting this Thursday.

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F&B Premium Brands launches Belgian Butcher's Gin

Published:  05 February, 2016

Premium Belgian food-and-drink importer F&B Premium Brands has launched a new gin based on the flavours of the Secreto 07 dry-aged beef created by luxury Antwerp-based butchery De Laet & Van Haver.

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Analysis: The gin craze rages on

Published:  05 February, 2016

Offering beguiling botanicals with classy cohorts to match, Alice Lascelles explores the gin and mixer revolution

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Rademon launches limited edition cask-aged Shortcross Gin through Fortnum & Mason

Published:  04 February, 2016

Northern Ireland's Rademon Estate Distillery has launched a limited edition cask-aged expression of its award-winning Shortcross Gin.

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Pinkster hires Diageo's van Buuren in on-trade push

Published:  02 February, 2016

Former Diageo on-trade director, Martjin van Buuren has joined the team at Pinkster Gin to help develop an on-trade strategy for the company as its pace of growth escalates.

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Successful launch for Ireland's Dublin City Gin

Published:  02 February, 2016

Dublin, Ireland's capital, is the inspiration behind the country's latest gin, recently launched in the city.

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Pernod Ricard snaps up German premium gin brand Monkey 47

Published:  29 January, 2016

Pernod Ricard has bought a majority stake in leading German craft gin brand Monkey 47, the French drinks giant announced today.

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Warner Edwards reaps rewards of on-trade effort

Published:  28 January, 2016

Northampton-based gin distillers, Warner Edwards grew by 400% in the on-trade across 2015, the company has said.

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WSTA launches Scotland Gin Trail

Published:  26 January, 2016

Following on from the hugely successful launch of its London Gin Trail last year The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has this week launched a Scotland Gin Trail.

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Gin Guild strengthens board of directors with two appointments

Published:  18 January, 2016

The Gin Guild has announced the appointment of two new members, Dr Anne Brock and Jim Long, to its board of directors.

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Second annual Think Gin event to showcase premier distillers worldwide

Published:  15 January, 2016

The second annual Think Gin event is to take place in London on March 1.

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Porter's Gin plans expansion after successful December launch

Published:  13 January, 2016

Porter's Gin, the first to distilled in Aberdeen for 100 years, has already sold out its first batch.

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Artisanal Forest Gin wins Virgin Trains first class account

Published:  11 January, 2016

Virgin Trains has chosen Cheshire small-batch artisanal Forest Gin to serve to its first-class passengers.

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Sipsmith to open Swan on a Hot Gin Roof pop-up bar in Soho

Published:  08 January, 2016

London's award-winning Sipsmith gin distillery has partnered with Soho's Ham Yard Hotel for a winter pop-up bar on the hotel's exclusive fourth-floor roof terrace.

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Published:  06 January, 2016

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Gin tourism comes to Manchester

Published:  05 January, 2016

Manchester gin lovers will soon be able to enjoy a tour of some the city's best bars fuelled by their favourite tipple, thanks to a new drinking experience launching in the spring.

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Young drinkers drive UK gin sales above £1 billion in 2015

Published:  18 December, 2015

Young drinkers will push UK gin sales above £1 billion for the first time, according to data from research giant Mintel, released today.

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Modern Australian Gin gets second release from Four Pillars

Published:  17 December, 2015

The award-winning Australian craft Four Pillars distillery has issued a second release of its Modern Australian Gin.

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Gordon's Dry Gin ad lands artist Jeff Koons with law suit

Published:  15 December, 2015

Controversial US pop artist Jeff Koons is being sued for copyright violation by a New York photographer.

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Manchester pub smashes own world record for varieties of gin

Published:  15 December, 2015

The Old Bell Inn in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, has added a 600th variety of gin to its list.

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Cotswolds Distillery signs major Australian distribution deal

Published:  14 December, 2015

UK super-premium Cotswolds Dry Gin is to be distributed in Australia by Woolworths supermarkets and the Woolworth's Liquor Group.

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Cotswold Distillery announces Angel's Share crowdfunding round

Published:  04 December, 2015

The award-winning Cotswold Distillery has announced its first equity crowdfunding round, which it has named the Angel's Share.

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Martin Miller offering daily prizes in Gin Advent Calendar promotion

Published:  01 December, 2015

Independent distiller Martin Miller has launched a daily Advent Calendar competition on Twitter.

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Martin Miller's beats Jensen's to win Graphic Bar Gin-Off final

Published:  27 November, 2015

Martin Miller's Gin has won the inagural Gin-Off competition final held by London's Graphic Bar earlier this week.

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Cotswold Dry Gin wins listings in Oddbins

Published:  19 November, 2015

Cotswolds Dry Gin has expanded its distribution through listings in selected Oddbins stores.

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Missouri-based distillery buys Birmingham's Broker's Gin

Published:  17 November, 2015

The McCormick Distilling Company, based in Kansas City, has acquired Broker's London Dry Gin for an undisclosed sum.

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Eden Mill marks the twelve days of Christmas with a dozen gins

Published:  16 November, 2015

St Andrew's-based Scottish craft distiller Eden Mill is launching gins for each of the twelve days of Christmas.

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Japan's first craft gin distillery to open in Kyoto next year

Published:  16 November, 2015

What is believed to be Japan's first craft gin distillery will open in Kyoto next year.

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WSTA launches London's first gin-focused tourist tour

Published:  11 November, 2015

Gin has made it onto the London tourist map, thanks to a new tour launched by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association this week.

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UKTI takes 23 UK distilleries across the US on major gin-trade initiative

Published:  10 November, 2015

The Arbikie, Portobello Road and Cotswold distilleries were among 23 UK producers invited to showcase their gins in the US by the government's UK Trade & Investment department last month.

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Lakeland Distillery partners with Cumbrian Wildlife Trust on juniper

Published:  09 November, 2015

Lakeland Distillery has partnered with the Cumbrian Wildlife Trust to source local juniper for its award-winning Lakes Gin.

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National Majestic listing for award-winning Cotswold Dry Gin

Published:  30 October, 2015

The Cotswolds Distillery has secured a national listing for its Cotswolds Dry Gin in Majestic Wines following a successful regional trial.

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Is Britain's indigenous Juniper crop facing crisis?

Published:  28 October, 2015

Britain's stock of native Juniper could be endangered, according to a new report.

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Pinkster launches gin-infused Boozy Berries brand extension

Published:  27 October, 2015

Cambridge-based premium gin brand Pinkster is releasing its first product extension.

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Ex-Tanqueray star Nichol creates new gin for City of London Distillery

Published:  22 October, 2015

The City of London Distillery (COLD) has partnered with legendary ex-Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol to launch a new small-batch gin.

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Dodd's Gin opens innovative pop-up investment shop in £1.5m crowdfunding campaign

Published:  21 October, 2015

Dodd's Gin has launched a pop-up investment shop in London's Soho as part of its current £1.5m crowdfunding campaign.

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"Mr Beefeater" recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award

Published:  20 October, 2015

Desmond Payne, master distiller at Beefeater, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Gin Guild's Annual Autumn Installation on Friday, October 16.

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Pinkster partners with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre

Published:  20 October, 2015

Pinkster Gin has partnered with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre for its 50th Anniversary season.

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ASA rules against Pickering's in Edinburgh gin dispute

Published:  19 October, 2015

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that Pickering's Gin's claim to be "Edinburgh's first gin distillery in over 150 years" is misleading.

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Portobello launches world's first asparagus-flavoured gin

Published:  15 October, 2015

Next week sees the launch of Director's Cut, the new iteration from craft gin distillery Portobello Road. It promises to be the first London dry gin to be made with asparagus.

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Warner Edwards revamps with 'gender-neutral' bottle design

Published:  06 October, 2015

Warner Edwards has brought out new packaging for its range of four gins.

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Inver House buoyed by profit rise on back of strong sales for focus whisky brands

Published:  02 October, 2015

Sales of Caorunn gin and Speyburn and Balblair whiskies helped Inver House Distillers post a profit rise of 23% in 2014.

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Bartenders help to choose the recipe for Cardiff gin

Published:  30 September, 2015

Cardiff is the latest British city to have a gin named after it.

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Northumberland's Hepple is latest entrant into burgeoning gin market

Published:  29 September, 2015

World-renowned bartender Nick Strangeway and food writer and broadcaster Valentine Warner are the co-creators of Hepple, the latest British gin to hit the market.

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Barrel-aged genever from Bols hits the UK market

Published:  25 September, 2015

Maxxium is introducing a barrel-aged genever gin to the UK market.

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Warner Edwards bags gin listings with M&S and Booths

Published:  23 September, 2015

Award-winning gin distiller Warner Edwards is moving up through the gears after winning two major new multiple listings.

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Scotland's NB gin secures export deal in the US

Published:  21 September, 2015

A boutique Scottish gin producer is in line to be served in high-end New York cocktail bars and restaurants after signing a US distribution deal.

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Tavistock uses Poetic Licence to launch small-batch spirits range

Published:  18 September, 2015

A new small batch distillery will be making its first public appearance with its products at next week's Boutique Bar Show in London.

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Tanqueray looks to the past to inspire limited edition Bloomsbury gin launch

Published:  16 September, 2015

Diageo Reserve has introduced a limited edition version of Tanqueray gin based on a 19th century recipe from the company's archives.

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Sparkling wine continues to fizz with on-trade sales up by more than half in a year

Published:  15 September, 2015

Sparkling wine is the star performer in the drinks trade with the value of on-trade sales up by more than half in the year to July 7, according to Nielsen figures in the third quarter market report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Champagne provides some fizz for Pernod Ricard as annual sales nudge ahead by 2%

Published:  27 August, 2015

Champagne and Irish whiskey were among the main drivers of global growth for Pernod Ricard in 2014/15, though the spirits giant turned in only a modest overall sales increase of 2%. The company described the performance as "solid".

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Quintessential Brands looks to ramp up presence in international markets

Published:  21 August, 2015

Greenall's gin owner Quintessential Brands is beefing up its presence in export markets and entering the global travel retail market for the first time.

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Phone app suggests perfect tonic and garnish for 1,300 gins

Published:  14 August, 2015

A phone app has been created to help bartenders and consumers make the perfect gin and tonic.

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Adnams revamps Copper House vodka under East Coast name

Published:  12 August, 2015

Suffolk brewer and distiller Adnams has renamed its Copper House barley vodka as East Coast Single Malt Vodka.

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'No reason' UK gin exports can't match Scotch whisky's £4 billion says environment secretary

Published:  10 August, 2015

The environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has said the UK government has ambitions to help the gin industry match the UK's whisky exports, which topped £4 billion in 2014.

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KWV plans export sales for Cruxland premium gin made from Kalahari truffles

Published:  10 August, 2015

South African wine and spirit producer KWV is planning an assault on export markets for a new craft London dry gin made with truffles.

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Analysis: The summer of gin

Published:  10 August, 2015

It's official: gin has gone global. No longer confined to English back bars, now the rest of the world wants a slice of the action.

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Analysis: What you need to do to win in gin

Published:  06 August, 2015

Craft gin is hot. But what should craft distillers be doing to maximise their chances of success?

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Quaglino's partners with Tanqueray to launch pop-up indoor garden

Published:  03 August, 2015
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Arbikie launches Scotland's first single-estate gin

Published:  30 July, 2015

Arbroath-based farm-to-bottle distillery Arbikie has launched a new super premium Scottish gin. Kirsty's Gin takes its name from Arbikie master distiller Kirsty Black, who has spent the last two years developing it.

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Silent Pool launches world's first gin cordial

Published:  29 July, 2015

Surrey-based distiller Silent Pool has released what is believed to be the world's first gin cordial.

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Euromonitor: Global spirits grow at the slowest rate in 2014 since 2008

Published:  27 July, 2015

Euromonitor International's most recent report, Trends in the Global Spirits Markets, reveals that despite the hype around spirits, the category grew at the slowest rate in 2014 since the start of the global financial Crisis.

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Quintessential to create Manchester base for new Dakin small batch gin

Published:  23 July, 2015
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Gin Guild survey: Six out of 10 on-trade customers ask for a gin by brand name

Published:  23 July, 2015

A survey conducted for The Gin Guild by One Poll showed that almost two-thirds of on-trade customers (62%) ask for a specific gin by name rather than settling for the generic house gin when ordering a G&T. The results suggest half request tonic by name too.

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Edinburgh gin revamped with bartender-friendly slimline bottle

Published:  21 July, 2015

Spencerfield Spirit has bought out a new slimline bottle for its Edinburgh Gin brand which it says makes it easier to handle for bartenders.

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The quietest bar on earth and a sonic cucumber bath will support Hendrick's gin at Edinburgh Fringe

Published:  17 July, 2015

Hendrick's gin will be exploring the world of cocktails and sound in its activity at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

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Grant puts Monkey Shoulder and Hendrick's into cocktail kits in link-up with Shaken

Published:  16 July, 2015

William Grant has teamed up with cocktail kit company Shaken Cocktails to produce signature serve boxes for its Monkey Shoulder whisky and Hendrick's gin brands.

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Tanqueray builds a gin garden in the middle of London's Quaglino's restaurant

Published:  14 July, 2015

Part of the famous Quaglino's restaurant in London's West End has been converted into a gin garden for guests to make their own cocktails in a promotion by Tanqueray.

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Rosé up 43% and Champagne 'strong' as summer sun brings cheer to Waitrose drinks sales

Published:  13 July, 2015

Recent warm weather in parts of the UK has seen sales of some wines and spirits soar at Waitrose.

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Hendrick's takes perfect serve training mainstream with online programme

Published:  10 July, 2015

Hendrick's gin has launched an online training tool in a bid to get mainstream on-trade outlets producing perfect serves of the gin with tonic.

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Glenfiddich and Piper-Heidsieck supplier wins rugby World Cup deal

Published:  03 July, 2015

William Grant has been named as the official spirits and Champagne provider to this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

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Off-trade brings growth for BWS, but wine and on-trade both decline as market stays 'fragile' - WSTA

Published:  25 June, 2015

A strong off-trade performance has dragged the UK alcohol market back into volume growth for the first time in five years, according to a report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Glasgow spirit shop branches out into wine and beer

Published:  22 June, 2015

Glasgow independent The Good Spirits Co has opened a second shop in the city.

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Edinburgh launches gin with flavours of the seaside

Published:  15 June, 2015

The plethora of premium gin launches has continued with Edinburgh Gin launching a product with botanicals sourced from the local coastline.

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Celebrate World Gin Day tomorrow June 13

Published:  12 June, 2015

Tomorrow June 13 people the world over will be celebrating the classic English tipple- gin.

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Industry collective takes a trip down Gin Lane with launch

Published:  11 June, 2015

A mystery cabal of drinks industry professionals is behind the launch of a new range of four gins.

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Pinkster Gin expands sales and brand team

Published:  09 June, 2015

The Pinkster gin brand has taken a further step on its expansion path by recruiting the retail director from Cambridge Wine Merchants.

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Gin producers eye up European growth

Published:  05 June, 2015

British gin producers are eyeing up new markets in Europe after a British gin tasting in Brussels yesterday hosted by Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the UKTI.

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Distil 'optimistic' following Blackwoods gin and vodka success, despite overall fall in turnover

Published:  04 June, 2015

Distil has reported a "satisfactory year" as it completed it transition from UK third distributor to brand-focus drinks company, despite a large fall in turnover.

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Sipsmith's Chiswick distillery 'disappointed' after it is refused a license for late night distillery tours

Published:  02 June, 2015

London distiller Sipsmith has been refused a late licence, after opposition from residents near its Chiswick distillery.

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Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol reflects on 42-years in the industry

Published:  02 June, 2015

Tanqueray's master distiller, Tom Nichol, who is retiring from Diageo after a 42-year career, has been awarded a lifetime award by the Gin Guild, at its annual dinner. 

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Waitrose reports boom in gin sales, as craft and artisan styles increase

Published:  01 June, 2015

Waitrose has seen a surge of gin sales, up 7% on the same time last year, boosted by the growing interest in new styles.

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Gin brand Langley's No.8 teams up with events business for summer marketing

Published:  30 April, 2015

Gin brand Langley's No.8 is ramping up its summer activity after signing an exclusive gin partnerships with Gorilla Events.

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Portobello Road Gin launches new limited edition

Published:  23 April, 2015

Artisan gin brand Portobello Road gin is to launch a new limited edition gin, after seeing strong growth and growing international demand. 

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Former Bibendum head of spirits launches new distribution business

Published:  22 April, 2015

The former head of Bibendum's beer and spirits division is launching his own spirits distribution business in May.

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Artisan gin producers throw weight behind WSTA campaign

Published:  09 March, 2015

Artisan gin distillers have joined the Wine and Spirit Trade Association's campaign calling for a 2% cut in alcohol duty.

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Mark Holdsworth, Half Hitch Gin, on breathing new life in to London gin

Published:  06 March, 2015

Camden Lock in north London was once the centre of the capital's gin production. Fifty years after the last distiller moved out, Mark Holdsworth is breathing new life into the area. He talks about craft gin and his plans for Half Hitch with Helen Arnold.

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Fever-Tree boosted by second half results up by nearly 50%

Published:  23 January, 2015

Fever-Tree, the premium mixer company, announced yesterday a strong financial performance in the second half of 2014, with sales expected to rise 43% and revenue to grow 49% to £34.7 million.

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Small distilleries back cut in duty campaign

Published:  21 January, 2015

Small distillers across the UK have come out in force in favour of a 2% cut in the rate of duty, which they maintain would boost growth in the industry.

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Nielsen confirms sparkling wine and major spirits categories as big Christmas winners

Published:  16 January, 2015

Nielsen has confirmed that sparkling wine and the main spirits categories were the big winners during Christmas 2014.

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Daffy's Gin hopes to win over bars and spirit lovers with its unique mix of botanicals

Published:  15 January, 2015

Daffy's Gin is the latest new launch in to an already bursting category, but claims it uses a unique set of botanicals, including Lebanese mint, to make its own mark.

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Quintessential Brands ramps up its marketing division

Published:  15 January, 2015

Quintessential Brands is growing its marketing division with the addition of Nick Williamson, Claire O'Grady, Sam Chandler and new roles for Sinead O'Frighil and Kate Harrison.

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Greenall's Gin signs £3m horseracing sponsorship deal

Published:  13 January, 2015

Greenall's Gin has invested £3 million in a three-year sponsorship deal plus marketing with horseracing's Jockey Club, which will see the brand take top billing at Cheltenham and the Grand National.

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Get on down with The Boss - James Brown

Published:  06 January, 2015

There has been much debate online about the music that accompanies the new Gordon's Gin television campaign, featuring Gordon the Boar.

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Gordon's gin launches TV ad featuring boar on Christmas Eve

Published:  24 December, 2014

Gordon's, the UK's biggest selling gin brand, is launching a new TV ad featuring a boar this evening, as part of a £2 million marketing spend.

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Pinkster gin steps up expansion plans

Published:  23 December, 2014

Raspberry gin brand Pinkster has stepped up expansion plans after securing a six-figure sum in second-round financing from an angel investor.

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Brighton's first craft gin hits the market

Published:  17 December, 2014

Brighton & Hove's first distillery has opened its doors with Brighton Gin fresh out of the still and into a host of local outlets.

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Douglas Blyde gets to know Chilgrove gin with founder Christopher Beaumont-Hutchings

Published:  16 December, 2014

Christopher Beaumont-Hutchings and I sip violet-tinged Aviation sours alongside positively fatty Scottish oysters at the Rib Room's bar. The sturdy looking, brass and dark wood build of this old-school drinkers' haven at the five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower seems appropriately grand given there is cause for celebration.

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Christmas Report: Gin is a must-have festive tonic

Published:  05 December, 2014

Once the preserve of the stockbroker set, recent years have seen gin reach a much younger and more fashionable audience. Helen Arnold assesses whether gin can stay on its upward journey

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English gin grows in western Europe, says Euromonitor

Published:  28 October, 2014

English gin consumption has been dominated primarily by the US, Spain and the UK, but Euromonitor is beginning to see signs of change as the product becomes more popular in Western Europe.

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Waitrose predicts healthy future for South American and lighter style wines and spirits

Published:  24 October, 2014

South American wines and more left field grape varieties like an Austrian Grüner Veltliner or a Spanish Albarino are going to become far more trendy in the months ahead, according to the new Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2014.

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Matthew Clark sees British drinks soar in popularity

Published:  21 October, 2014

On-trade drinks supplier Matthew Clark has seen sales of English wines soar by 53% in the past year, with home-grown beers and spirits following suit.

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Quintessential Brands appoints Lizzy Johnson international marketing director

Published:  13 October, 2014

Quintessential Brands, which distributes Greenall's and Bloom gins, has appointed former Diageo brand director Lizzy Johnson to lead its international marketing.

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No 3 Gin cocktail winner turns to Beatrix Potter's Mr Tod for inspiration

Published:  03 October, 2014

Let's be honest the average top bartender is not the kind of person who would admit turning to Beatrix Potter for inspiration. Let alone the kind of bartender who would be allowed to play along the back bar of the uber cool City Social in Old Broad Street in London.

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Bombay Sapphire opens distillery doors tomorrow

Published:  30 September, 2014

The new Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire is set to open its doors to the public tomorrow for the very first time.

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Greenall's releases first new gins in over 250 years

Published:  24 September, 2014

Gin brand Greenall's is launching its first new gins in over 250 years today - a sloe gin and wild berry option.

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On-trade hit by decline in spirits sales across all venues

Published:  17 September, 2014

Declining year-on-year spirits sales in the on-trade will have brand owners hoping for a substantial pick up in the last few months of the year leading up to Christmas.

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Jacob Ehrenkrona on giving up financial career to create Martin Miller's Gin

Published:  09 September, 2014

Harpers.co.uk talked with Jacob Ehrenkrona, the chief executive of Martin Miller's gin, about why he gave up a career in venture capitalism to pursue the classic spirit.

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William Grant toasts successful 2013 as sales and profits rise

Published:  08 September, 2014

William Grant & Sons boosted operating profits by 10% to £138 million in 2013 while turnover rose by 5.2% to £1.12 billion.

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Warner Edwards Distillery launches rhubarb gin

Published:  12 August, 2014

Northamptonshire's Warner Edwards Distillery has added a rhubarb gin to its portfolio.

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Bloom gin launches upmarket rose lemonade RTD

Published:  06 August, 2014

Bloom gin is expanding its range of upmarket ready-to-serve drinks with its gin and rose lemonade - presented in an old-fashioned glass bottle.

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Humphrey Bogart's Real English Gin set for US launch

Published:  06 August, 2014

"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine." Humphery Bogart as Rick Blaine, Casablanca.

Humphrey Bogart's Real English Gin is launching in the USA next month and will be produced as a collaboration between Rok Drinks and the Humphrey Bogart Estate.

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Tanqueray No Ten gin launches new bottle and rooftop pop up bar

Published:  10 July, 2014

Tanqueray No Ten is celebrating its new art deco bottle design with a rooftop pop-up bar in central London.

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London distillery Sipsmith launches Sipping Vodka

Published:  01 July, 2014

Traditional London distillery Sipsmith has launched Sipping Vodka, made from English wheat.

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New £4m Cotswolds distillery prepares to kick off whiskey production

Published:  26 June, 2014
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Diageo launches special edition Tanqueray Old Tom gin

Published:  23 June, 2014

Diageo has launched limited edition Tanqueray Old Tom gin, drawing on an original recipe from its founder and bridging the gap between malty Dutch genevers and London Dry gins.

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Grab a G&T: sixth annual World Gin Day to celebrated around the world

Published:  11 June, 2014

Gin producers the world over will be raising their favourite gin drinks this Saturday June 14 for the sixth annual World Gin Day.

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The art of craft gin distilling with Tom Warner and Sion Edwards

Published:  03 June, 2014

After meeting at agricultural college, Tom Warner and Sion Edwards started on separate paths in the fresh-food industry. But they soon came back together to set up their own boutique gin distillery in the Northamptonshire village of Harrington, which provides the sub-brand name of their flagship Warner Edwards gin. This is craft distilling in action, as Warner and Edwards distil, fill, number, label and wax seal every bottle by hand. Nigel Huddleston asks the questions

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Merchant House to open specialist gin and rum bar in London

Published:  13 May, 2014

The London Bar Consultants are opening Merchant House in the City, which will stock super premium and rare rums as well as 250 different gins.

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Beefeater launches limited edition gin to mark visitor centre opening

Published:  28 April, 2014

Beefeater Gin is launching a limited edition gin in celebration of next month's opening of Beefeater London: The Home of Gin, which will be the first dedicated gin distillery visitor centre in London

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Aviation gin founder, Thomas Mooney, on rise of craft spirits

Published:  24 April, 2014

Douglas Blyde talks to Thomas Mooney, first  president of the American Craft Distillers Association and co-owner and chief executive of American craft distillery, House Spirits - makers of Aviation gin.

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Tanqueray's master distiller not impressed by new craft gins

Published:  24 April, 2014

Tom Nichol, Tanqueray's master distiller, is unimpressed with the raft of new gins from craft distillers being launched onto the market.

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Hawthorn's gin hits supermarket shelves

Published:  23 April, 2014

Spirits distributor 180East has launched gin brand Hawthorn's into the off-trade this month, with the first bottles landing on Sainsbury's shelves next week.

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Sipsmith expands distillery to west London

Published:  17 April, 2014

Gin distillery Sipsmith is expanding from its original base in Hammersmith to a larger facility in Chiswick, west London. 

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Quintessential acquires First Ireland cream liqueurs firm

Published:  03 April, 2014

Quintessential Brands has acquired First Ireland Spirits Company, Ireland's largest independent producer of Irish cream liqueurs, in a multi-million euro deal.

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Adnams Cellar & Kitchen retail sales up 6%

Published:  26 March, 2014

Adnams Cellar & Kitchen retail business saw a 6% increase like-for-like sales for the year to December 2013.

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Gordon's elderflower gin launch backed by seven-figure marketing spend

Published:  12 February, 2014
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UK launch for German wine-infused gin

Published:  31 January, 2014

German distillers are to target the UK market with a Riesling-infused gin.

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Berry Bros steps in to try and save UK juniper plants for gin production

Published:  23 January, 2014

Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits is looking to help protect juniper plants, vital in the production of gin, by providing grants for three different growing areas in the UK.

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Boodles Gin hits the UK with multiple and premium on-trade listings

Published:  14 January, 2014

 

Premium British gin brand, Boodles Gin, which has enjoyed success in international markets, is being made availabe in the UK for the first time with a national listing at Sainsbury's and a number of prestigious on-trade outlets. 

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Greenall's Gin enjoys sales growth as it passes 100,000 cases mark

Published:  18 November, 2013

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin has surpassed the 100,000 nine litre case mark for the first time in the UK. The company said it has almost doubled its volume over the past three years and the brand has grown 33% in volume over the past year, according to Nielsen.

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Sipsmith's V.J.O.P. (Very Junipery Over Proof) Gin

Published:  13 November, 2013

Sipsmith, the first copper pot distillery to open in London for nearly 200 years, is delighted to announce the launch of V.J.O.P. (Very Junipery Over Proof) gin. The spirit will be available to the on-trade and independents across the UK from the middle of November.

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Master of Malt launches whisky and gin advent calendars

Published:  01 November, 2013

Whisky and gin lovers will get the chance to enjoy specially created advent calendars from Drinks by the Dram, part of the Master of Malt website which takes bottles of whisky and splits them into 3cl/30ml drams so customers can sample a whisky before committing to buying a bottle.

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The Gin Guild welcomes 19 new members

Published:  11 October, 2013

The Gin Guild has welcomed 19 new members - which include brand owners and ambassadors, distillers, bartenders and writers - to the ranks.

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Bombay Sapphire has grand plans for its new UK distillery

Published:  11 October, 2013

Bacardi claims its new Bombay Sapphire distillery and visitor centre in Laverstoke, Hampshire, will give the gin industry a user experience to rival the Scotch whisky market and bring the Bombay Sapphire brand alive.

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Elephant Gin to launch in the UK this month

Published:  19 September, 2013

A new handcrafted London dry gin called Elephant Gin, which is a gin inspired by Africa and supports the conservation of African wildlife by donating 15% of all profits to two African elephant foundations, is set to hit the UK market this month.

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Liberty Wines introduces new cider, beer and spirits range

Published:  09 September, 2013
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Edinburgh Gin spices up autumn

Published:  03 September, 2013

Just three years since launching, small batch specialist Edinburgh Gin has added a third flavour to its portfolio - Spiced Orange.

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Searcys to open Gin Joint next month

Published:  27 August, 2013

Searcys is to launch Gin Joint, a brasserie and bar situated in the Barbican Centre, where around 40 gins will be available, including one chilled on tap.

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Greenall's gin signs cricket sponsorship deal

Published:  23 July, 2013

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin has been named the official gin of Lancashire County Cricket Club at Emirates Old...

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Hoxton Gin secures Tesco listings

Published:  12 July, 2013

Hoxton Gin has announced it has secured listings in 103 Tesco stores nationwide.

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First Sussex distillery set to open in 2014

Published:  05 July, 2013

The Lurgashall winery near Midhurst, West Sussex, which is known for its Silverbirch wine and mead, has...

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Roast introduces its own London gin

Published:  04 July, 2013

Borough Market's Roast restaurant has introduced its own London Dry Gin.

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Bols Genever hosts exclusive masterclass

Published:  26 June, 2013

Bols Genever has joined forces with London cocktail bar Callooh Callay to host an exclusive pop-up bar...

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Whitley Neill gin unveils African-inspired design

Published:  19 June, 2013

Halewood International's award-winning Whitley Neill gin has unveiled a new bottle design, inspired by the spirit's...

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Hotel seeks gin for record-breaking collection

Published:  25 April, 2013

An Oxfordshire hotel is challenging people to discover a new, original gin...

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Beefeater to challenge consumers with premium gin

Published:  24 April, 2013

Beefeater has announced plans to launch a unique hand-crafted, ultra-premium gin in June, designed to challenge the way...

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Langley's No 8 gin targeted at sophisticated males

Published:  05 April, 2013

A new English gin targeted at a sophisticated male audience has been launched. Langley's No 8 (41.7% abv; £30/75cl) is a single distillation gin handmade in small batches from eight secret...

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Pernod Ricard's '1,000 Londoner' Beefeater bottle

Published:  03 April, 2013

A Beefeater limited edition bottle featuring photos from 1,000 people who entered the gin's MyLondon competition last...

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Harrington gin snapped up by Fortnum & Mason

Published:  18 March, 2013

A Northamptonshire farmer and his best friend have fulfilled a long-held ambition to work for themselves by creating an...

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No.3 London Dry Gin fights for juniper conservation

Published:  12 February, 2013

No.3 London Dry Gin has joined forces with wild plant charity Plantlife to help boost its juniper conservation efforts...

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Cucumber-flavoured gin from Diageo

Published:  12 February, 2013

Diageo is to launch a cucumber-flavoured gin under the Gordon's brand.

TextDiageo is to launch a cucumber-flavoured gin under the Gordon's brand.

 

Gordon's Crisp Cucumber is Gordon's London Dry Gin blended with natural cucumber flavouring. The company is also to launch two premixed drinks: Gordon's & Tonic with a hint of cucumber and Gordon's & Tonic with a dash of elderflower.

 

The launch will be supported by a £1 million marketing campaign and the products will be available throughout the UK from March.

 

Nin Taank, Gordon's brand manager, Diageo GB, said: "Gin is the third largest spirit in the spirits category and is experiencing strong growth +12% in the on-trade and +5% in the off-trade. The premix cans segment is also growing rapidly at +23%, bringing in new consumers to spirits and appealing to those looking for convenient alternative formats to consume spirits on different occasions.

 

"As the UK's no.1 gin brand we are looking to invite consumers to enjoy gin in a new and exciting way which will drive frequency of purchase among existing gin consumers whilst attracting new younger gin consumers."

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Beefeater to open gin distillery visitors' centre

Published:  06 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard-owned Beefeater gin is to open London's first ever gin distillery visitors' centre at the back end of 2013...

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Beefeater Gin to open distillery visitor centre

Published:  06 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard owned, Beefeater Gin is to open London's first ever gin distillery visitor centre at the back end of 2013, with the aim of telling the story of London gin .

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Diageo encourages bartenders to create their own Tanqueray blend

Published:  30 January, 2013

Diageo is encouraging bartenders to add their own botanicals to its Tanqueray No Ten gin brand in order to create a unique infusion to serve with tonic.

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How will you be changing your wine list this year?

Published:  24 January, 2013

As we go into 2013, we ask three industry sommeliers from Sketch, Coq d'Argent and Launceston Place how they'll be looking at changing their wine lists this year.

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Plymouth Gin given antique-style new look

Published:  21 January, 2013

As today's era is all about provenance and heritage, Pernod Ricard is taking its gins into 2013 via a bygone age with new packaging for its Plymouth Gin portfolio.

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Call for investors for new Lake District distillery

Published:  17 January, 2013

Further investment is being sought for a £2.5-million new distillery, The Lakes Distillery, which is to be built in Cumbria and opened at the back end of 2013.

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Tanqueray Malacca makes a come back

Published:  16 January, 2013

Diageo is to bring back Tanqueray Malacca gin.


TextDiageo is to bring back Tanqueray Malacca gin.

 

The company first launched the gin in the early 2000s as a limited edition, and it is set to roll out a limited run of 100,000 bottles from February.

 

It is a blend of botanicals and spices and it stems from Charles Tanqueray's 1839 recipe, which was found in a travel journal documenting journeys from Europe to the East Indies.

 

Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol said: "Since announcing the return of Tanqueray Malacca we've witnessed real excitement among bartenders who are keen to get their hands on this unique limited edition gin. I've been asked many times over the years for this gin to be brought back by Tanqueray and I'm pleased to now be making that happen."

 

The official launch events hosted by Tom Nichol will take place in February in New York, San Francisco and London at secret locations.

 

Tanqueray Malacca will be available for sale in the US, Spain, Germany, UK, Benelux, the Nordics and Western Europe. Each of the 100,000 bottles will be individually numbered.

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Fire at West Midlands plant won't affect gin production

Published:  03 December, 2012

A fire that devastated an alcohol plant in the West Midlands will not affect gin production, according to the company.

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Drive to restore British gin to 'former glory'

Published:  29 November, 2012

The former founder of Tyrrells crisps is rolling out a British gin in the wake of new figures that show an annual 11.6% increase in gin sales.

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Chase Distillery launches Extra Dry Gin

Published:  09 November, 2012

 

The Chase Distillery has launched the first single estate English gin to be created in over 200 years, Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin (GB Gin).

 

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Spirits shoppers ignore ingredient claims, says research

Published:  24 October, 2012

Drinkers aren't influenced by ingredient claims when it comes to buying spirits, says new research.

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Restaurateurs begin pulling back on two-for-one deals

Published:  12 October, 2012

Restaurateurs are pulling back on two-for-one deals and money-off vouchers because they risk eroding the value of a restaurant's brand image, according to foodservice consultancy Horizons.

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Gin and sparkling wine top best sellers list over Jubilee

Published:  12 September, 2012

Gin and sparkling wine were the big sellers across the Royal Jubilee celebrations, according to the latest WSTA market report.

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New gins experiment with unusual botanicals

Published:  11 September, 2012

Claiming to be the UK's newest artisanal spirits producer, The London Distillery Company is rolling out four gins made from unusual botanicals.

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Mangrove adds Portobello Road Gin to portfolio

Published:  10 September, 2012

Portobello Road Gin has teamed up with national distributor Mangrove after its first year growth has "dramatically exceeded expectations".

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Emerging markets provide boost for Diageo GB

Published:  23 August, 2012

Diageo's net sales in Great Britain fell 2% in the past year as the group reduced its promotional activities, but emerging...

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Bombay Sapphire invests £1.5m in glassware launch

Published:  09 August, 2012

Bombay Sapphire has invested £1.5 million in the launch of its new balloon glassware, to capitalise on the growing trend for boutique gins that offer affordable luxury.

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Hampshire sees opening of new gin distillery

Published:  24 July, 2012

Bombay Sapphire Gin has unveiled plans to open a distillery in Hampshire.

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Beefeater rolls out celebratory Inside London bottle

Published:  09 July, 2012

Pernod Ricard-owned Beefeater gin has launched a Beefeater Inside London bottle to celebrate the city's "diverse" personality, while commanding shelf standout presence for retailers.

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Pernod Ricard rolls out Beefeater 'Inside London' bottle

Published:  06 July, 2012

Pernod Ricard owned London Beefeater has launched a Beefeater 'Inside London' bottle to celebrate London's "diverse" personality while commanding shelf stand-out presence for retailers.

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Hammer & Son launches Old English Gin

Published:  20 June, 2012

Boutique spirits producer Hammer & Son has launched an Old English Gin based on a recipe from 1783.

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Ginstitute founder shortlisted for innovation award

Published:  25 May, 2012

Drinks business Leelex has been shortlisted for the Innovator Award at the Yorkshire Business Masters 2012.

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EWG Spirits & Wine launches G'Vine Gin Connoisseur 2012

Published:  31 January, 2012

EWG Spirits & Wine, owner of the G'Vine Gin, has launched he global quest for the world's best gin bartender, G'Vine Gin Connoisseur 2012.

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Beefeater launches 'Forever London' pack

Published:  17 January, 2012

Pernod Ricard owned, Beefeater, has launched a 'Forever London' limited-edition pack celebrating the brand's heritage in the capital.

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British Retail Consortium - December figures up, but 2012 will remain "challenging"

Published:  10 January, 2012

UK retail sales values rose in 2011 against December 2010, but 2012 will prove an "equally challenging" year, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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Sainsbury's survey shows gin to be Xmas spirit of choice

Published:  13 December, 2011

Gin is tipped to be the spirit of choice for consumers at Sainsbury's this Christmas, after it recorded a yearly uplift in sales of 61%1 amongst city dwelling 18-24 year olds.

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Penfolds gets its own managing director

Published:  07 December, 2011

Iconic wine brand Penfolds has appointed Gary Burnand as its managing director.

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Gordon's gin drops TV chef for actors

Published:  11 August, 2011

Grouchy TV chef Gordon Ramsay has been dropped as the face of Gordons's gin in favour of "witty conversation" from actors Emilia Fox and Philip Glenister.

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Diageo invests a festive £1million for Gordon's gin

Published:  16 December, 2010

Diageo GB has invested £1million to keep the Gordon's gin brand top of mind with consumers during its key sales period.

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Christmas push for Gordon's gin

Published:  27 October, 2009

Diageo GB is investing more than £750,000 in Gordon's in the run-up to Christmas.

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