New drinks launches - October

Nice Wine

Here’s the low-down on this month's beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches:

Nice Wine bag-in-boxes

11.5 - 13.5% abv

£21.50 (2.25l)

What they say: The wines (all vegan):

  • Nice Sauvignon Blanc (11.5% abv) is a classic French white from the Cotes de Gascogne region 
  • Nice Pale Rosé (12% abv) is from just outside Montpellier
  • Nice Malbec (13.5% abv)  hails from Mendoza in the foothills of the Andes

Vivir Café VS

30% abv

£27

What they say: Vivir Café VS liqueur is made using Vivir Tequila Blanco and is naturally flavoured with coffee beans sourced locally to the distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. The liqueur can be served neat or in cocktails such as the Espresso Martini.

Isle of Raasay Distillery’s Sherry-Finished Whisky

52% abv

£85

What they say: Alasdair Day, co-founder and distiller of Isle of Raasay Distillery, said: “There’s nothing better than relaxing with a dram or two of special Christmas whisky during the festive season. We want to celebrate this specific occasion on Raasay this year by releasing a seasonal speciality which departs, yet builds on our signature single malt, pushing the complexity and depth of our Scotch whisky flavours even further.”

Gosnells bag-in-box mulled mead

5.5% abv

£30-45

What they say: Gosnells will be selling 5-litre boxes for retail at £30, with free UK mainland delivery; or in 10-litre containers at £45 for parties - or for the growing numbers of pubs and bars intrigued by the potential of mead.

Berczy Winter Cola hard seltzer

4% abv

£11.95 (4 pack)

What they say: “Winter Cola combines all-natural kola nut & lime, with their four-times distilled spirit and British sparkling spring water, it contains zero caffeine and is nut free.” 

Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter

46% abv

£75

What they say: With this wintry single malt whisky in mind, director of whisky creation Dr Bill Lumsden "took a parcel of Glenmorangie mellowed in bourbon casks and finished it in casks which once held Sicily’s fortified Marsala wine – loved for its sweet and fruity flavours. The limited edition he created enfolds the senses in fruit, honey and Brazil-nut toffee, knitted together with cinnamon, ginger and clove". The whisky is 13 years old. 

Graham Beck Artisan Collection Yin & Yang 

£80 (pair)

What they say: The story began in May 2016, as Graham Beck cellarmaster Pieter Ferreira and winemaker Pierre Klerk embarked on their final classification tasting of the year’s base wines.  Klerk created a final blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and Ferreira suggested to also look at a mirror image of the blend by using the same components, but with Chardonnay in the lead role. They became Yin (Pinot Noir) & Yang (Chardonnay).

BrewDog Planet Pale 

4.3% abv

£2.25 (440ml)

What they say: "Following the re-launch of Lost Lager in the spring, we established that 70% of beer drinkers are more likely to purchase a beer made in a sustainable way, presenting a huge opportunity to grow frequency and penetration with a planet-friendly beer offering, that can be enjoyed responsibly. With its sub-5% abv, new BrewDog Planet Pale offers a solution for retailers that balances session-ability with flavour, providing the sweet spot for this style of beer." The beer replaces BrewDog Pale Ale. 

The Macallan x Jordi Roca The Harmony Collection, Rich Cacao whisky

44% abv

£115

What they say: This is the first whisky in a new series of single malts that will see the brand "progress its journey towards sustainable packaging". The Macallan whisky maker Polly Logan collaborated with pastry chef Jordi Roca from Spain's El Celler de Can Roca restaurant, visiting Roca's chocolate factory, Casa Cacao. Aged using a combination of European and American oak casks, the result is "an exceptionally rich single malt whisky characterised by a deep, dark chocolate profile". The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao is packaged in a fully recyclable and biodegradable presentation box, made using natural by-products from the chocolate-making process. 

Vocation's Imperial Banana beer

11.4% abv

£5 (440ml)

What they say: The new brew is a chocolate and banana stout aged in oak barrels, and blends 12-month aged, six month-aged, and fresh beer. The double-mash stout uses extra pale malt, jumbo oats, wheat malt and chocolate to produce an 11.4% stout with intense notes of dark chocolate and banana. 

Tarquin’s Figgy Pudding Gin

42% abv

£36

What they say: "Think dried figs, fresh clementine zest, Christmas spice botanicals, and brandy-soaked cherry wood chips, with a dash of Pedro Ximénez sherry added post-distillation."

Sprigster non-alcoholic shrub 

£26 (70cl)

What they say: Made by Wiltshire's Pythouse Kitchen Garden restaurant, Sprigster is now distributed by Enotria & Coe. "The shrub infusion is inspired by the seasonal and home-grown produce sourced within Pythouse’s centuries-old walled garden, and its unique blend of ingredients acts as a delicious dry alternative to a gin and tonic. Sprigster is notably versatile and is a great natural alternative to add to non-alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails alike."

Duvel Distilled 2021 and Duvel Barrel Aged 2021 

40% abv and 12% abv, respectively 

£125, £30

What they say: Duvel Distilled 2021 is a 10-year-old distillation of Duvel. The product is launching this autumn in celebration of the Duvel brewery’s 150th anniversary year.

Duvel Barrel Aged Batch No 6 The Jamaican Rum Edition is the sixth consecutive vintage of the Duvel Barrel Aged release, but the first to be matured in Jamaican rum barrels. 

Fever-Tree Damson & Sloe Berry Tonic Water

£1.80 (500ml)

What they say: "Bringing handpicked damsons from Herefordshire and foraged wild sloes from the foothills of the Black Mountains together with a blend of warming spices including cardamom, star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon, the Refreshingly Light Damson & Sloe Berry Tonic Water brings a rich and fruity twist to your drink this autumn."

BrewDog The Spirit of Tomorrow

40% abv

From £24

What they say: “This brand-new portfolio brings all of BrewDog’s energy for innovation and experimentation into spirits.”

The portfolio includes:

  • Seven Day Vodka – Original, Raspberry & Lime, Rhubarb & Lemon, Passionfruit & Vanilla
  • 500 Cuts Rum - Original Spiced, Pineapple & Mango, Coconut & Vanilla, Cherry & Dark Chocolate
  • LoneWolf Gin – Original, Cloudy Lemon, Cactus & Lime, Peach & Passionfruit

The Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey

40% abv

£29.99

What they say: The whiskey is a blend of three single malted whiskies from three cask finishes, created with a nod to the Irish neighbourhood communities which established across Boston and East Coast America during the last century. The Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey is distributed by Craftwork. 

Dictador 2 Masters Ximénez-Spínola 1976 Edition

46.4% abv

£828

What they say: Dictador has announced its latest collaboration in the 2 Masters series, partnering with a historic winery, Ximénez-Spínola. The Dictador 2 Masters Ximénez-Spínola 1976 Edition is the tenth addition to the Dictador 2 Masters Collection of ultra-premium rums.

Massingberd-Mundy Pumpkin Spiced Gin

43% abv

£39

What they say: Infusing pumpkins grown on South Ormsby Estate, as well as from Red Hill Farm near Lincoln, with a blend of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves & vanilla, this gin is essentially a pumpkin pie without the crust. 

Tios Drinks’ hard teas

4.4% abv

£32.99 (12 can pack)

What they say: Tios Drinks is a range of premium low calorie, low sugar and vegan ready-to-drink sparkling hard teas made with brewed organic white tea, premium alcohol and natural ingredients, served in recyclable 250ml cans. The three flavours are: White Tea Mojito, White Tea Margarita and White Tea Light & Stormy.

Frapin Millésime 1989

£185

What they say: “Frapin Millésime 1989 is a rare cognac, that required no blending, only the intuition and skill of the cellar master Patrice Piveteau, who used a combination of artisanal techniques, such as double distillation on the lees.”

Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Murcian Lemon

47% abv

£30

What they say: This “super-premium expression” was “created to celebrate the region of Murcia in Spain and the stunning citrus that it produces, while shining a light on the long-standing relationships Bombay Sapphire has forged with its dedicated suppliers and farmers.”

Tiempo Reposado Cristalino Tequila

40% abv

£54.99

What they say: “Along with creating a 100% naturally grown agave tequila, Tiempo is working towards ensuring its practices are sustainable by providing living wages for its growing and production team, focusing on sustainable agave farming in the fields, cutting CO2 emissions, reusing agave waste and packaging with recycled glass and materials wherever possible.”

Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2021

8.5% abv

£6 (500ml)

What they say: “Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2021 has at its heart Pale Ale and Caragold malts combined with DRC, a Double Roasted Crystal malt, to deliver toffee and raisin sweetness. Turning to hops, it showcases younger UK varieties for their luscious fruitiness. Endeavour brings plummy tones, while Olicana and the as yet unnamed experimental hop CF182 add tropical and orange notes. All complemented, as ever, by the zesty marmalade character of Fuller’s famous yeast.”

Boë Vodka 

40% abv

£32

What they say: The brand launches in three flavours - 'Pink', a combination of tart raspberries and white chocolate, ‘Azzura’, a mix of kiwi, watermelon, cucumber and mint and ‘Dark Fruits’, with flavours of blackberry and blackcurrant. This flavour also changes colour when mixed with lemonade or tonic.

Spirit of the Downs Brandy

40% abv

£31 (50cl)

What they say: The product is small batch distilled using Chardonnay grapes from the 2019 vintage. It is aged in French oak to "provide a 'VS' style Sussex brandy". 

Maestro Dobel 50 1969 Tequila 

40% abv

£895 

What they say: An extra anējo Tequila matured in a combination of American and French white oak barrels before going through a finishing period in Sauternes casks. Available in Hedonism, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. 

Gosset Celebris Rosé 2008 

£178

What they say: "The decision to make a Celebris is made at harvest time, when the must undergoes a series of blind tastings for texture, freshness, minerality, depth, structure, and longevity, which also determine the direction of the cuvée. Very few years offer the conditions for producing this prestigious wine and full expression of the Gosset style. The year 2008 saw complex climatic conditions, and the unique personality of this vintage stems from the weather conditions at the time of the harvest which took place in dry, sunny weather that cooled off at night. The result is elegant, lively, and structured wines with a strong potential for maturation." 

Les Rendez-Vous de Billecart-Salmon No 2

£65

What they say: Launched in 2020 with No 1 Meunier, these cuvées were created after cellar experiments carried out by the house’s tasting committee. The latest expression, No 2, is 100% Pinot Noir, 2014 base wine from the villages of Ambonnay and Verzenay of the Montagne de Reims. 

Innis & Gunn 0.0% Lager

£28.99 (24 x 440ml cans)

What they say: The hops in the new Innis & Gunn 0.0% Lager are exactly the same varieties of Styrian Goldings and Super Styrian as in the standard 4.6% lager, but added at slightly different rates, as the zero percent Lager is lighter bodied. The malts vary from the 4.6% recipe by using only pale ale malt as its base, instead of a blend of lager malt and ale malt. "The ale malt in the zero percent lager beer promotes a reassuring maltiness, which is often hard to achieve in alcohol-free drink products," the company said.

Sipello 

22% abv

£32

What they say: Sipello is described as having "sweet, bitter and floral notes" and it includes ingredients such as gooseberry, gentian, chuckleberry, orris root and red sandalwood – from which Sipello derives its natural colour. The brand is aimed at the on-trade and specialist retailers.  

Vivir Café VS

30% abv

£27

What they say: Vivir Café VS liqueur is made using Vivir Tequila Blanco and is naturally flavoured with coffee beans sourced locally to the distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. The liqueur can be served neat or in cocktails such as the Espresso Martini.

 

Gosnells bag-in-box mulled mead

£30-45

What they say: Gosnells will be selling 5-litre boxes for retail at £30, with free UK mainland delivery; or in 10-litre containers at £45 for parties - or for the growing numbers of pubs and bars intrigued by the potential of mead.

Berczy winter Cola hard seltzer

4% abv

£11.95 (4 pack)

What they say: “Winter Cola combines all-natural kola nut & lime, with their four-times distilled spirit and British sparkling spring water, it contains zero caffeine and is nut free.” 

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