Own-label gins might be beating some of the big brands in blind taste tests, but can they compete in terms of design and packaging? asks Bernard Gormley.
Notting Hill-based gin brand Portobello Road has made a limited edition bottling distilled with asparagus from Cambridge, which is likely to divide opinion.
Sales of American whiskey have helped propel the US spirits industry to its 18th consecutive year of growth.
A new gin is celebrating the spirit’s historic role in keeping the British Empire healthy by using quinine as an ingredient and supporting a charity that fights malaria.
New spirits range LoCa, founded by a 26-year-old entrepreneur, has launched its first product – a low calorie, low abv “juniper-infused spirit”.
This week saw the end of Downton Abbey marked with a glass of Taittinger and a crate full of grand cru wines plunged into the Atlantic Ocean.
“There is absolutely no reason why our gin trade can’t be as successful as whisky”, believes the UK’s environment secretary Elizabeth Truss, as it is revealed that the UK is the world’s biggest exporter of gin.
A Scottish distillery has produced what it claims is the country’s first single estate gin, based on local ingredients in a “farm-to-bottle” approach.
Retailers’ own label ranges showed their strength as the International Wine & Spirit Competition revealed its spirits results for 2015.
Manchester is due to become the latest English city to boast its own gin with the launch of Thomas Dakin Gin, named in honour of an 18th century gin pioneer.
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