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Ireland’s McCormick Distilling is giving a formal launch to its Five Farms cream liqueur in the UK.

Diageo has reached an agreement to buy the Herefordshire-based gin and vodka producer Chase Distillery.

Cellar Trends has added Hardy Cognac to its portfolio, ahead of the key Christmas trading period.

Roust UK has announced it is breaking away from its long-term partnership with William Grant & Sons UK in order to operate as a full-service distributor.

Fishers Gin, founded by Andrew Heald, has opened its own distillery in Aldeburgh.

Ten Locks, the new premium spirits company, has added a duo of spiced rum brands to its burgeoning portfolio.

Axiom Brands has announced the addition of The Glenturret to its premium drinks portfolio.

Kopparberg is launching a limited-edition Pear Gin, following the “soaring success” of its first three gin variants.

Torabhaig, the second legal distillery ever to be built on the Isle of Skye, is set to release a rare new arrival to the peated Single Malt market.  

Radico Khaitan is launching a new expression in the UK at The Whisky Show 2020 – Rampur Asava Indian Single Malt Whisky.

Masons of Yorkshire has revealed a bold new look for the brand, as well as a new addition to its range of gins.

The Gin Guild is stamping down on drinks producers who “cynically” and “falsely” label non-compliant products as ‘gin’ to cash in on the spirit’s popularity. 

Eden Mill will open five seasonal pop-up stores across Scotland this year creating 25 jobs.

Marussia Beverages, producer and international distributor of wines, sakes and spirits, is adding to its portfolio of Japanese spirits brands with the launch of 135°East Gin.

Warner’s Distilery is launching its first non-alcoholic spirits.

Premium tequila brand, 1800 Tequila, has secured listings with Tesco and Waitrose.

Four Pillars Gin has had a full UK off-trade launch with a new major retail listing.

Think Spirits 2021, Drinks Retailing’s annual day of spirits events, is launching a live webinar next week.

Black Cow vodka has produced a limited edition version for Christmas.

Black Tot rum is to release a special blend to mark the 50th anniversary of the last rum rations being given out to members of the Royal Navy – known as Black Tot Day.

East London Liquor Co has announced its entry into the hard seltzer category with the launch of two new drinks.

Cask Liquid Marketing has been appointed as the UK distributor for the Australian whisky brand Starward.

Devon gin producer Salcombe Distilling has entered the alcohol-free spirit market with the launch of NLL.

The premium spirits-focused sister company to Kingsland Drinks will be named Ten Locks and its first drinks will be Nusa Cana Rum, Applewood Gin and West Cork Irish Whiskey.
The newly-formed Manchester-based company focuses on spirits and aims to curate, create and craft a portfolio of around 20 premium drink brands for the off and on-trade.
 
Nusa Cana Rum, Applewood Gin and West Cork Irish Whiskey are the very first brands to be welcomed into what the company promises will be a diverse portfolio of purpose-led brands, which all share Ten Lock’s progressive, ethical and sustainable ethos with a focus on innovation.
 
A refreshing new take on rum, Nusa Cana (40% abv) embodies the vibrant modern culture of Bali whilst bringing back to life the forgotten story of Indonesian Rum. Drawing on flavour profiles from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, it uses nutmeg and clove combined with ginger, coffee, cacao and pineapple to create a delicate, warm rum with a brilliantly balanced finish.
 
All Nusa Cana labels are made from recycled sugar cane pulp – a bi product from the production process - giving them a lower production footprint and playing into a circular economy. 

Another brand to join the portfolio is West Cork Irish Whiskey, produced by West Cork Distillers. An independently-owned distillery, the whiskey is distilled, matured and bottled on-site in West Cork and sells in over 70 countries worldwide. Each bottle is triple distilled, non-filtered and carefully crafted using the finest local ingredients. 

Owned and created by three childhood friends, much of the distillery was hand-built as needed as the business expanded, with its ‘Rocket’ reported to be ‘the fastest still in the world’ at the time! Its mission is to grow globally but maintain its West Cork Heritage by supporting local jobs and the Irish economy.
 
Ten Locks will import three of its award-winning Whiskies to begin with, including the original Bourbon Cask (40% abv), the award-winning Black Cask (40% abv) and the patented Bog Oak Charred Cask (43% abv) – all of which provide a true taste of beautiful West Cork.
 
Completing the first tranche of brands in the Ten Locks portfolio is Applewood Gin (43% abv). This uniquely Australian gin nurtures the relationship between native culture, flora and land to become the ‘realisation of Australian culture’. A botanical-rich flavour profile of rare desert limes, native wattle seed and aromatic peppermint gum is nestled amongst 20 fresh and sustainably farmed ingredients, in a lovingly handcrafted gin made in harmony with the sites and soils from which it was born. 

Owners Brendan and Laura seek to add value to native ingredients, supporting farmers who opt for more sustainable farming methods, crops and orchards. They value those who wish to listen and learn from indigenous culture and understand the importance of working in harmony with nature. A certified B Corporation, the liquid is created in the most sustainable and non-impactful way possible.
 
Becky Davies, Chief Lock Keeper at Ten Locks, said: “Through these first spirits, the portfolio is starting to speak for itself; brands of quality, distinction and purpose. They bring new tastes, fresh perspectives and true sense of excitement to the on trade and off trade.
 
“With their defined and clear proposition we know each brand has a commercially relevant place in the market, and will quench the thirst of consumers seeking brands that demonstrate authenticity, credibility and quality, whilst taking measures to ensure and improve elements of sustainability and ethical practices. 

“We are hugely excited to welcome these brands to the UK drinks trade, and we can’t wait to unveil the rest of the portfolio, which is shaping up to be something very special.”
 
Aptly named Ten Locks, the company draws inspiration from The Manchester Ship Canal; its Barton Swing Aqueduct became the first swing aqueduct in the world - with several sections requiring careful work by hand – and to this day remains a feat of innovative engineering and community teamwork.  

Davies continues: “Much like the expertise, dedication to innovation and determination required to build the Manchester Ship Canal, we’re moving forward with energy, pace and a desire to create something unrivalled amongst our competitor set. From product development and brand building to industry-leading consumer and market insights, we’re assembling a portfolio of drinks that will add value across a range of drinks categories and, ultimately, be profitable partners to our customers.”
 
Ten Locks will continue to develop its portfolio of premium branded drinks in the coming months, comprising of agency brands and a significant range of new and emerging brands that have been crafted with the utmost care.

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has launched a new look and feel across range.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has changed its name to Halewood Artisanal Spirits, as part of a long-term strategy shift for the company.
The move follows last month’s announcement that it planned to close the site of its headquarters in Huyton, Merseyside.

Halewood Wines & Spirits is planning to close the site of its headquarters in Huyton, Merseyside.

Tipples of Manchester is running a competition through September to give away a full set of rare bourbons.

The Whisky Exchange has reported a 41% increase in sales of cocktail bitters in 2020, compared with 2019, as cocktail fans “brought the bar to their homes”.