New drinks launches - September

Diageo special releases

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

Diageo's “Legends Untold” 2021 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection

Mortlach 13-Year-Old: 55.9% abv, £135

Singleton of Glendullan 19- Year-Old: 54.6% abv, £140

Talisker 8-Year-Old: 59.7% abv, £90

Lagavulin 26-Year-Old: 44.2% abv, £1,650

Lagavulin 12-Year-Old: 56.5% abv, £130

Cardhu 14-Year-Old: 55.5% abv, £120

Oban 12-Year-Old: 56.2% abv, £105

Royal Lochnagar 16-Year-Old 57.5% abv, £200

What they say: “We have delved into the core characteristics of several classic distilleries, exploring the elements and reimagining the liquids for the Legends Untold collection. The mythical creatures of this year’s collection represent the true expressions of the distilleries. Taking inspiration from them, we have revealed new depths of flavour and embraced the essence of each of the whiskies unique flavour profiles revealing the legend it brings to life. This year’s collection is just the very beginning of the story.” The stories are accessed via a QR code. 

The Apiarist's Propolis gin

40% abv

£39

What they say: "Handcrafted in Staffordshire, the ‘Lichfield’ (London) Dry Gin contains botanicals inspired by bees – the main one being propolis (a natural compound created from tree sap)." 

The Balvenie Week of Peat 17 Year Old 

49.4% abv

£115

What they say: "The newest addition to The Balvenie’s acclaimed Stories range, The Balvenie Week of Peat 17 Year Old, is now available exclusively on Clink, a new online spirit shopping site created by independent family-owned distiller, William Grant & Sons." 

The Morris Australian Single Malt Signature Whisky and the Australian Single Malt Muscat Barrel Whisky 

40% abv and 46% abv, respectively 

£54.99, £79.99

What they say: “The production of Morris Whisky has been designed to be as authentic and local as possible, with every part of the process carried out in-house. The ingredients include locally grown Australian barley and pure filtered water from the Snowy Mountains, Australia’s tallest mountain range located in southern New South Wales. The liquid is matured in a combination of French and American oak barrels sourced from family-owned wineries in the Barossa and Coonawarra regions. The Rutherglen climate of hot days and cool nights, lends itself extremely well to ageing the whisky.” The products have made their UK debut via Mangrove UK. 

The Butterfly Cannon Tequila

40% abv

£33 (50cl)

What they say: "The Butterfly Cannon Tequila range comes in three expressions: Rosa, Silver Cristalino and Blue. 

"The Butterfly Cannon has been created by the team at Biggar and Leith, owned by Elwyn Gladstone and Mark Teasdale. Elwyn is the founder of Malfy Gin."

Camden Town Brewery's Canapé IPA

4.4% abv

£6 (4 pack) 

What they say: "The latest product in Camden’s permanent collection, Canapé will be joining beer icons: Camden Hells Lager, Pale Ale and Off Menu IPA, alongside new Unfussy Unfiltered Lager.

"Inspired by the new trend of so called ‘No Coast’ or ‘Mountain IPA’s’, Canapé draws on America’s East and West Coast IPA styles..."

The GlenAllachie Wood Finishes

48% abv

From £59.99

What they say: "The new limited release Speyside Scotch whiskies include an 11-year-old Pedro Ximénez Wood Finish (UK RRSP £59.99, 48% abv), a 12-year-old Ruby Port Wood Finish (UK RRSP £62.99, 48% abv) and a 13-year-old Madeira Wood Finish (UK RRSP £67.99, 48% abv). As with all GlenAllachie whiskies, each is presented at natural colour and non chill filtered."

The Bottled Cocktail Company 

Various abvs

From £33 per bottle (70cl)

What they say: "The initial range, inspired by cocktails that have become classics in the world of bartending, includes Silver Fir Negroni El President, Dry Gin Martni Elderflower High Ball and Passionfruit Spritz, with more to be released in the coming months. All are bottled at sipping strength, and designed to be drunk either straight up, served from the freezer, or stirred over ice."

Rebel Bourbon Tawny Port Finish 

45% abv 

£39

What they say: John Rempe, master distiller and blender at parent company Lux Row Distillers, said: “The Tawny Port flavours pair really well with Rebel Bourbon’s vanilla, oak and caramel profile. It’s a winning combination that creates a distinct, depth of rich flavours that’s unlike anything else in the Rebel family, whilst still retaining the Kentucky Straight Bourbon’s remarkably smooth finish.

“The secondary finishing elevates the original four-year ageing of Rebel in new charred white oak barrels, taking it to a different level that more years in the rackhouse wouldn’t achieve.”

Horse with No Name 

45% abv

£47.89 (50cl) 

What they say: Pernod Ricard UK has launched a straight Bourbon infused with habanero chilli distillate and created by Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Gin founder Alexander Stein. The Bourbon is aged for four years in toasted American oak barrels then blended with habanero distillate produced from "specially cultivated" Red Savina habanero chillis grown in the Black Forest.  

Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart

44% abv

£80

What they say: Edrington has released a new single malt from Orkney distillery Highland Park. “Our insistence on specially constructed sherry casks delivers a richness of flavour. Vanilla and citrus notes lead and combine with the unique fragrant peat and creamy mouthfeel synonymous with Highland Park. The hand selection of quality first-fill and refill casks for Highland Park 15 Year Old delivers a rich colour which is 100% natural," said Gordon Motion, Highland Park master whisky maker. 

Taylor’s Historical Collection III 

£30

What they say: Port producer Taylor's has rolled out the third limited release in its Taylor’s Historic Limited Editions. Historical Collection III is made from Taylor's tawny reserves. "Presented in bespoke, collectable bottles in wooden boxes, these limited editions are designed to appeal to both existing and new Port consumers and collectors," said Taylor's MD Adrian Bridge.

Whitebox's eight canned cocktails

Various abvs 

What they say: Following the release of the Pocket Negroni, a 100ml Negroni in a can, Whitebox has "officially launched" with the release of eight  canned cocktails: Pocket Negroni, Disco Baby, Chipper’s Cherrywood Old Fashioned, Golden Throat Charmer, Whisky Soda, Tropical G&T, Raspberry Apero and Freezer Martini. 

Courvoisier De Luxe cognac

40% abv

£40

What they say: Courvoisier De Luxe will return as a limited-edition expression for gifting season. The expression was first matured in French Limousin oak before being finished in new casks made from fine grain oak trees. 

Beavertown Brewery’s Wizard Blizzard

6% abv cold fermented IPA

 £2.60

What they say: “Wizard Blizzard has been fermented cold, like a lager, to guarantee that super crisp, refreshing taste. With more hops added to create a full-flavoured beer, this new addition to Beavertown’s range is a punchier version of the brewery’s brand new lager, Bones.”

Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers’ Old Perth 12 Year Old and Old Perth Vintage 1996

Blended Scotch whiskies

£45 and £180 respectively

What they say: “Old Perth 12 Year Old is non-chill filtered, no added colour and has been exclusively matured in a combination of PX and Oloroso sherry casks. It has been blended from specially selected single malt Speyside whisky, all aged for 12 years or longer."

Mackmyra’s Stjärnrök

46.1% Swedish single malt whisky

£62

What they say: “For this edition, we began with our handmade smoky Rök recipe, which we then matured in oloroso, ex-bourbon and American oak casks for body, complexity and sweetness. To balance the smoke and the deep, dark notes from the oloroso casks, we complemented it with a generous selection of older ex-bourbon casks filled with our unsmoked elegant recipe, contributing vibrant aromas of citrus and vanilla. The whisky is then brought together by the addition of spicy Swedish oak casks saturated with cloudberry wine.”

Masi Estates’ Fresco di Masi Bianco Verona IGT and Fresco di Masi Rosso Verona IGT 

Organic red and white wines bottled in sustainable packaging

Available from Berkmann Wine Cellars

What they say: “Masi Estates has released a brand-new line of organic wines bottled in 100% sustainable packaging and developed to meet the changing palates and address the increasing environmental concerns of millennial consumers.”

Devil's Peak Juicy Lucy IPA and Lucy Goes North pale ale

6% and 5% abv, respectively 

£3.95

What they say: “Devil's Peak, the South African brewery, has partnered with multi-award-winning brewery Fierce Beer in Scotland to bring their AfroFunk beers to the UK market. The two new UK beer releases are Juicy Lucy (IPA), and Lucy Goes North (pale ale), both brewed at Fierce Beer in Aberdeen, and available in keg and 440ml cans.”

Devon Cove’s Cove Rum

42% British rum

£38 (50cl)

What they say: “Incorporating oak from founder Leanne Carr’s family farm overlooking Hope Cove to give a hint of vanilla, this oak-aged golden rum is lovingly created from molasses with locally produced quince Devon honey, cocoa nibs from their friends at Salcombe Dairy and the smoothest Devonia spring water.”

Buck & Birch’s Birch

39.6% abv botanical spirit

£32.99

What they say: “Pure spirit is married with raw sap and seasoned with wild birch flavours captured throughout the seasons for a smooth, yet complex drink enjoyed neat or mixed.”

Pickering's Pumpkin Spice Latte Gin

37.5% abv gin featuring vanilla, cinnamon and coffee

£10 (20cl)

What they say: “Working with coffee was a new direction for us and it was especially interesting when balancing the spices, with the sweetness of the vanilla and the bitterness and bite of the coffee. We hope it's a product our customers can truly enjoy and have fun with.”

Ehrmanns Beefsteak Club’s three new wines

Beefsteak Club Sauvignon Blanc, £8

Beefsteak Club ‘Asado Edition’ Merlo, £8

Beefsteak Club Rare Organic Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, £9.50

What they say: “These new wines join a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon and a Malbec Rosé which we launched earlier in the year, with successful new listings in both grocery and impulse.”

Quarter G/N

12% abv ‘light spirit’

£27

What they say: “Quarter G/N is created in the traditional London Dry-style via copper-pot distillation and infused with predominantly juniper, a variety of other botanicals and a hint of citrus from grapefruit and orange. The result is a refreshingly light spirit at just a quarter of the strength of gin.”

Kirker Greer Spirits’ Ukiyo Japanese gins

40% abv Ukiyo Blossom Gin and Ukiyo Yuzu Gin

£41.95

What they say: “The story begins with the harvest of locally grown grains distilled into a traditional Japanese Shōchū spirit. This is then carefully redistilled incorporating key botanicals - juniper, mandarin and spice - before the infusion of fragrant Sakura flower or zesty Yuzu.”

Aldi’s Zerozecco

£2.49

0% abv prosecco alternative

Aldi’s Haysmith’s 0% Rhubarb and Ginger Spirit

£9.99

Alcohol-free flavoured gin alternative

What they say: “‘Tis the season for guilt-free tipples – or at least it is for the quarter of Brits (27%) that have attempted to reduce their alcohol intake this year.”

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