Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix

Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK

February 6,2020

Dutch drinks firm De Kuyper and bartender Salvatore Calabrese have released “aromatic” liqueur brand Acqua Bianca in the UK Bianca through distributor Cellar Trends.

The liqueur (which has a 24% ABV) has ingredients such as lemon, bergamot, peppermint and rose, as well as the essence of ambergris, which is traditionally used in perfumery.

Calabrese said: “My idea was to create something totally unusual that does not yet exist in the market. It had to be something very versatile – a liqueur to inspire new cocktails, and that is able to take the centre stage in any cocktail creation.

Mark de Witte, CEO of De Kuyper Royal Distillers, said: “The co-creation of liqueurs with leading bartenders is a key pillar of our global strategy and an important part of how we want to innovate and lead and premiumise the liqueur category.”

Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix


June 18,2021

US zero-proof brand Ritual has expanded its product line with a rim alternative, just in time for a post-COVID summer.

With the tagline that that ‘It’s the rum punch that doesn’t knock you out, the Hurricane without the hangover’, the expression boasts all the warm vanilla, toasted spice and velvety decadence of dark rum, minus the alcohol or calories.

“Ritual is the true liquor replacement. It is to spirits what the Impossible burger is to meat; what Oatly is to milk,” said Marcus Sakey, founding partner of Ritual Zero Proof. “Most people who buy those products aren’t vegetarian – they just want a little balance, without sacrificing flavor. Ritual has cracked that code – and consumers have noticed.”

The brand has also taken the opportunity to tweak and improve the recipes for their beloved Gin, Whiskey and Tequila Alternatives, incorporating expert and consumer feedback to make them taste even more like their alcoholic counterparts.

“The Beverage Testing Institute, gold-standard for the industry, named Ritual the best non-alcoholic spirit in the world,” said Sakey. “But the latest iteration of our products are better than ever, and the new Rum Alternative is just delicious.”

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Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix


June 16,2021

On 3rd February 1940 in a quiet corner in the north of Scotland, George Urquhart and his father, John, had the extraordinary foresight and vision to lay down spirit from Glenlivet Distillery in a bespoke Gordon & MacPhail cask to be enjoyed by future generations.

Last year, 80 years later, the decision was taken to finally bottle the content of Cask 340, into a total of 250 decanters. The decision not only aligned with George Urquhart belief that each whisky should be left to mature until the cask and spirit had combined to create the desired quality, but it has also made history.

“That this whisky – the oldest single malt Scotch ever bottled – remains so full of vibrant flavour with a strength of 44.9% ABV, is testimony to knowledge handed down over successive generations of my family,” explains Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige at Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies, and member of the fourth generation of the family that owns the company.

Setting a standard of exceptional quality has been the benchmark for Gordon & MacPhail over its 125-year history and it is the brand’s unique depth and breadth of experience that enables them to combine oak, spirit and time to create iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.

“Maturing a single malt Scotch over eight decades is an art,” said Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail, “similar in many ways to architecture where you are creating something that needs to stand the test of time. Neither can be rushed. Both Sir David and Gordon & MacPhail share a commitment to invest in the future. We both see the significance of creating something exceptional; leaving a legacy for future generations.”

The whisky bottler partnered with Sir David Adjaye OBE to design a decanter and oak case to present the whisky. The price of the whisky will be unveiled in September, along with Adjaye’s decanter and case.

Sotheby’s will auction decanter number one in early October, with all proceeds, minus costs, to be donated to award-winning Scottish charity Trees for Life, which works to rewild the Caledonian Forest.

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Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix


June 15,2021

Expanding its JJ Whitley range, Halewood Artisanal Spirits has unveiled a limited-edition vodka filtered through a gold silk thread.

Distilled in St Petersburg, Russia, the wheat-based Vodka expression has been passed through a filter of gold silk thread, which the brand says provides a clean and exceptionally smooth tasting experience.

The expression has then been bottled in ‘dazzling gold’ that features the “distinctive” embossed detail at 38% ABV.

“For those looking to treat themselves or find something special to mark a celebration, or even as a great gift option, we’re confident our limited edition vodka will present a strong sales opportunity for retailers this summer,” said James Stocker, marketing director, Halewood Artisanal Spirits.

“We have been investing heavily in our JJ Whitley vodka portfolio and our new distillery in St Petersburg, which enables us to provide our customers with a quality, authentic Russian vodka at [a] great price point.”

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Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix


June 15,2021

Vermont distillery WhistlePig has achieved a milestone with the release of two 100% grain-to-glass whiskeys from the WhistlePig Farm.

WhistlePig FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye and FarmStock Beyond Bonded Bourbon are the first products harvested, distilled, aged and bottled at the WhistlePig farm and distillery.

By “Beyond Bonded,” WhistlePig means that its whiskey is not only Bottled-in-Bond, but also single barrel, fully traceable at every step of the Farm-to-bottle journey, the company says, and bottled at 100.1 proof, just beyond the bonded whiskey standard.

“Today’s craft spirits drinkers, especially whiskey collectors, are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about process,” says Jeff Kozak, CEO.

“After working toward a 100% Farm whiskey vision for more than a decade, our team is proud to invite WhistlePig fans to look under the hood at who, where, when and how our grain-to-glass whiskey is created, and to offer a one-of-a-kind experience from each barrel.”

WhistlePig’s FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye is a straight rye whiskey made from 100% Remington Rye harvested from the North Orwell 1 field of the distillery’s 500-acre farm.

FarmStock Beyond Bonded Bourbon is a straight bourbon whiskey made with a high rye mash bill, with 51% Dent Corn and 49% Remington and Rifle Rye varietals, harvested from North Orwell 1 and North Orwell 2 fields.

Both expressions have been aged for upwards of four years in Vermont Estate Oak barrels, produced from local Vermont oak. The oldest barrel in the release aged for four years, 8 months and 14 days.

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Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix


June 12,2021

Scottish Blended Whisky brand Dewar’s has launched a 19-year-old whisky to celebrate the start of the 2021 US Open golf tournament.

To mark the start of the US Open Championship, held from 14-20 June 2021 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, the brand has released The Champions Edition, a 19-year-old bottling finished in American ex-Bourbon casks.

Brian Cox, vice-president of Dewar’s North America, said: “Designed for golf and whisky aficionados alike, this first-of-its-kind blend is inspired by our exciting partnership with the US Open, as well as our sporting legacy and commitment to supporting ‘champions’ in all endeavours.”

Created by Dewar’s master blender Stephanie Macleod, the expression blends double-aged grain and single malt whiskies. The resulting liquid offers notes of honey, toffee, vanilla and ripe cherries.

It comes in a silver bottle design to reflect the US Open trophy. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the bottle will be given to the USGA Foundation.

As the official blended Scotch whisky of the US Open Championship golf tournament, the brand will release annual limited edition products to mark the US Open until 2023.

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