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NATIONAL DISTILLERY RELEASES HOT CROSS BUN-FLAVOURED VODKA Into The Mix

NATIONAL DISTILLERY RELEASES HOT CROSS BUN-FLAVOURED VODKA

March 31,2021

New Zealand’s National Distillery Company has released a limited edition hot cross bun-flavoured vodka just in time for Easter.

Bottled at 40% ABV, Hot Cross Bun Vodka has been launched across New Zealand following an initial release of 50 bottles, which were sold out on the first day.

Released ahead of Easter weekend, the vodka is said to be ‘slightly sweet, yet savoury’. The idea for the hot cross bun flavour came from the distillery’s chief mixologist Shaanah Evans.

A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun traditionally eaten during Easter.

The label on the bottle is inspired by the classic nursery rhyme Hot Cross Buns.

Hot Cross Bun Vodka is priced at NZ$65 (US$45.50) per 700ml bottle and available to buy from The National Distillery Company’s website.

Based in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, The National Distillery Company produces gin and vodka, including Hemp Gin and a navy strength bottling.

The distillery will launch its products in the US this year.

In April 2018, British gin producer Gin Tales launched a hot cross bun-flavoured variant.

Scotch producer Whyte & Mackay teamed up with chef Rory Macdonald to create the “world’s first” whisky-glazed hot cross buns in 2019.

For more information, go to nationaldistillery.nz

NATIONAL DISTILLERY RELEASES HOT CROSS BUN-FLAVOURED VODKA Into The Mix

HAYMAN'S CELEBRATES SINGAPORE AIRLINES ANNIVERSARY

July 29,2021

English gin distiller Hayman’s is marking the 50th anniversary of Singapore Airline’s first to London with a new limited-edition expression.

Infused with Asian flavours of kumquat, lemongrass, galangal and Persian lime, Singapore Airlines Connoisseur Gin has been created to invoke the familiar and exotic citrus flavours synonymous with large parts of Singapore Airlines’ heartland: Southeast Asia.

Tangy and zesty with bright juniper and hints of spice, rounded by a delicate sweetness, the expression has a smooth finish, ideal for paired with a premium tonic, or as part of a cocktail.

“As the most Internationally recognised independent London gin, we are thrilled to have collaborated with Singapore Airlines,” said James Hayman, co-owner of Hayman’s Gin

“It has been great fun working on this gin together and fusing the very essence of London and Singapore to create this delightful gin.”

Reflecting the gold and blue colours of Singapore Airlines, the label has been designed with a gold wax finish.

The gin is available in the Singapore Arlines lounge at Heathrow Airport, or online via haymansgin.com.

NATIONAL DISTILLERY RELEASES HOT CROSS BUN-FLAVOURED VODKA Into The Mix

DEWAR'S LAUNCHES 8-YEAR OLD JAPANESE SMOOTH

July 28,2021

Scottish blended whisky brand Dewar’s has announced the launch of Dewar’s Japanese Smooth, an innovative whisky, 8 Years in the making.

Harmoniously unniting the best of two whisky making cultures in one bottle, the expression is finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak casks for six months.

The resulting whisky is unique and features subtle floral honey and heather notes along with complex sandalwood aromas on the nose followed by cinnamon spice on the palette.

The flavours are achieve due to the porous qualities of the rare 200-year old Mizunara oak tree variety, also known as the “water oak”, which is used for the Dewar’s cask finish.

“The guiding principles in the creation of this whisky were balance and smoothness,” said Stephanie Macleod, Master Blender for Dewar’s. “This Mizunara finish enhances the signature Dewar’s heathery floral honeyed notes whilst subtlety imparting complex woody notes of sandalwood and cinnamon spice.

“It is an indulgent and pleasurable whisky with a rare breadth and depth of complex and subtle flavors,” she continued. “The smooth yet full-bodied finish makes it perfect to enjoy neat, on the rocks, or in a classic Japanese style highball.”

Brian Cox, Vice President, DEWAR’S Scotch Whisky, North America added: “We are thrilled to launch DEWAR’S Japanese Smooth but unlike previous iterations of our Cask Series it will be a permanent addition to our award winning range of whiskies.

“We believe this is too good a whisky to keep it to a ‘Limited Edition’ issue and thus far the world’s leading whisky connoisseurs would seem to concur: Dewar’s Japanese Smooth has consistently garnered 91-point ratings including from Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Cast, F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal and Whisky Advocate magazine.

“Ratings are not the be all or end all of whisky quality,” Cox continued, “but when there is this consistent high level of recognition from objective 3rd parties it is a real sign that once again Stephanie Macleod has mastered her craft to reveal the exciting possibilities of blended Scotch whisky.”

For more infomation go to dewars.com

NATIONAL DISTILLERY RELEASES HOT CROSS BUN-FLAVOURED VODKA Into The Mix

MR BLACK X WHISTLEPIG BARREL AGED COFFEE LIQUOR

July 23,2021

Australian coffee liqueur brand Mr Black has announced a limited release collaboration with Vermont whiskey distillery WhistlePig.

“The rich spice of Whistlepig Rye pairs astonishingly well with Mr Black,” said Baker. “They’re like long lost brothers, raised in different countries but united once again.”

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The Barrel-Aged Coffee Liqueur expression features Mr Black’s OG coffee liqueur, made from 100 percent speciality arabica coffee. The liqueur has then been aged for 9 months in WhistlePig barrels that previously held Piggyback 100% Rye.

The ageing process needed to last long enough for the flavours of the barrel to seep into the liquor, but not so long that the spirit would lose its strength.

Since oxygen is the enemy of good coffee, the barrels were constantly topped off … a process more in line with winemaking than whiskey distilling. Baker has a former winemaker on his team, and through careful experimentation, they were able to determine that six months was reportedly the right amount of time.

The result is a liqueur with tasting notes of dark coffee, rye spice, honey, vanilla and oak with a hint of smokiness, with a warm, boozy kick to finish.

“This is one of the biggest spirits we’ve ever made,” says Baker. “It’s Mr Black turned up to 12 in terms of flavour and texture – it’s a spirit for a spirit’s drinker, intense and delicious.

“WhistlePig is a brand with such a sense of place up there in Vermont. We’re a world away down under in Australia, but working our mitts off to make it in the USA,” Baker added. “We loved the idea of bringing our home and our future together in a bottle.”

For more information, go to mrblack.co

NATIONAL DISTILLERY RELEASES HOT CROSS BUN-FLAVOURED VODKA Into The Mix

SHEEP DOG PEANUT BUTTER WHISKEY LIQUEUR

July 23,2021

UK spirits distributor, Hi-Spirits has announced the launch of Sheep Dog Peanut Butter flavoured whiskey liqueur.

Fuelled by flavoured Whiskey currently accounting for over 30% of all first-time Whiskey purchases and experiencing double-digit growth, the UK is now ready to let this brand off its leash.

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Sheep Dog sets to engage with an adventurous, younger audience of experimental millennials with a love of peanut butter. The hugely versatile liqueur is best served in chilled shots, short cocktails, spritzes and hard shakes–however you like it!

Hi-Spirits believe that Sheep Dog Peanut Butter Whiskey Liqueur will be a category pioneer in the UK. The company predicts that “nuts” as a flavour will be a hot trend over the next 12 months1and that Sheep Dog is the only brand in the market that combines a sweet and salty nature with the boldness of whiskey.

Sheep Dog Peanut Butter Whiskey Liqueur offers aromas of peanut butter matched with vanilla, caramel corn and whiskey undertones before butterscotch notes come to the fore. The sweet finish is warm and semi-dry with vanilla, peanut butter, caramel, butterscotch, subtle oak, coffee, and whiskey notes.

James Johnstone, Hi-Spirits Senior Marketing Manager notes “Sheep Dog Peanut Butter Whiskey was created to satisfy peanut butter lovers and whiskey fans alike, herding all into the pack. They’ll all be barking mad and can enjoy their new favourite treat however they want to!

“We can’t wait to launch this nutty, cheeky and unpretentious brand in the UK as part of the Hi-Spirits portfolio. Is this the most exciting flavour trend to hit the UK this year? We think so.”

For more information, go to sheepdogwhiskey.com

NATIONAL DISTILLERY RELEASES HOT CROSS BUN-FLAVOURED VODKA Into The Mix

SIPSMITH GIN UNVEILS ALCOHOL-FREE SPIRIT FREEGLIDER

July 20,2021

UK Gin distillery Sipsmith has unveiled FreeGlider, a new alcohol-free spirit, that blends the flavours of Juniper, citrus and capsicum.

Sipsmith FreeGlider has been developed and refined numerous times, with the team testing 189 prototypes before landing on the final seven ingredient recipe.

The juniper plays a lead role in the alcohol-free spirit and is balanced with citrus and capsicum to create a unique sipping experience. The spice of capsicum replicates the warmth usually found in a gin.

“With more people than ever before choosing to moderate their alcohol consumption, combined with our continuously unwavering commitment to pioneering spirits of uncompromising quality, we were determined to create the best tasting alcohol-free option yet,” said Sipsmith Master Distiller Jared Brown.

“It’s taken a while to get it right; two years in fact near 200 prototypes to reach a taste experience that we at Sipsmith are truly happy with. We believe this is the perfect treat for those who are choosing not to drink and gives sippers a genuinely great sipping experience.”

For more information, go to sipsmith.com

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