New drinks launches - December
Here’s the low-down on this month's beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches:
SPIRITS & LIQUEURS
The English Whisky Co’s The Single Cask range
From 51.4% abv
USP: The new range includes two whiskies. Peated Rum Cask, which is 51.4% abv and £85, is limited to 230 bottles and Virgin Oak and Sherry Cask is 52.6% abv and £75, with 286 bottles available.
Kendall Jenner's 818 Tequila
USP: Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila range has launched in the UK market, via VIP Bottles. The range comprises 818 Blanco (£54.99) and 818 Reposado (£59.99).
Smokehead Twisted Stout
USP: The limited-edition expression has been part finished in stout casks, and it is only available to purchase from the brand’s website. The whisky is said to offer a “smoother, sweeter and silkier experience”.
Massingberd-Mundy Distillery’s Mulled Winter Berry Gin
USP: Mulled Winter Berry Gin is a festive twist on the distillery’s Marie-Jeanne’s Pink Gin. The limited edition gin is infused with fresh figs, blackberries and locally grown elderberries as well as a blend of mulling spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and dried orange.
Ukiyo Japanese Rice Vodka
USP: “The story begins with a harvest of long grain indica rice. This rice is then inoculated with Black kōji which is fermented and then distilled into the traditional Japanese Awamori spirit. From this, the Awamori rice spirit is then redistilled into Ukiyo’s pure rice vodka which has a delicate fragrant aroma and creamy mouthfeel.”
Fettercairn 16 Years Old
USP: Gregg Glass, master whisky maker, said: “This one-off Fettercairn 16 Years Old limited edition was borne from fully-matured Sherry casks combined with hand-selected, rare and old, Oloroso and Palo Cortado Sherry butts.”
M0ther Winter Gin
USP: Distilled in Liverpool, the gin features winterberries, blackberries and sloe berries. Founded by 35-year-old Liverpool-based businesswoman and mum of two, Alicia Thomas, M0ther is a freelance agency that connects working mums.
Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry
USP: “Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry uses a ‘ricetta Piemontese’ (Piedmontese recipe) with all the main ingredients coming, or with strong links to the region. The base wine used is made of quality, local Cortese grapes, the same used for Gavi DOCG and botanicals such as wormwood, angelica, coriander, cardamom, lemon peel and Menta di Pancalieri, a Piedmontese mint.“
Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch No 008
USP: Batch No 008 is matured exclusively in first fill European and American oak sherry casks and bottled at 59% abv. The release is limited to 3,000 bottles.
RTDs & HARD SELTZERS
Panther M*lk oat milk RTD
£8.75 (25cl) and £24 (70cl)
USP: Panther M*lk is a ready-to-drink cocktail made with plant-based ingredients alongside spirits and liqueurs. The RTD has launched in Original and Strawberry. The Original is made with JJ Whitley gin, Rum 66, brandy, spiced overproof rum, vegan condensed milk and Minor Figures oat milk. The Strawberry flavour features Creme de Fraise.
Dunnet Bay Distillers’ Holy Grass Scottish Vodka with apple tonic
£2.50 (25cl can)
USP: “This is a refreshing, crisp apple tonic mingled with Holy Grass Vodka, named after the locally foraged botanical used in its creation. Dunnet Bay Distillers is the UK mainland's most northerly distillery.”
£49.95 for 24x 25cl cans
USP: Ginking Seltzer is a blend of English rosé wine, carbonated water and a splash of London Gin. Each 25cl can contains 83 calories.
Garçon Wines’ Letterbox Mulled Wine
USP: Garçon Wines has partnered with Spice Kitchen to launch a mulled wine kit. The kit contains a bottle of red organic Letterbox Wine, a mulled spice flavour sachet, decorative spices and a recipe card.
NO/LOW & MIXERS
Saicho's Eight Immortals sparkling tea
USP: “The tea is a rare Dan Cong tea cultivar from Guangdong province, China. The tea is grown on Phoenix Mountain which is celebrated for its mineral-rich soils, foggy climate and rocky landscape.” Designed to be served chilled in a Champagne glass, the tea is said to carry aromas of nectarine, ginger, sweet baking spices and confit peach with an underlying earthiness on the nose.
Coast’s British Tonic, White Tea & Yuzu Soda and Maple Soda
USP: Joe McCanta, founder of Coast, said: "We started Coast with the aim to solve a simple problem: gin and tonic just tasted too bitter and was too sweet, soda water was not exciting, and there were no perfect mixers for dark spirits.
“We're proud that the coast is really at the core of everything we do, from our flavour profiles to our work with the Marine Conservation Society and we hope that every sip of Coast transports drinkers to the coastline."
Athletic Brewing Co’s All Out Stout
£10.99 for 6 x 35.5cl
USP: Co-founder, Bill Shufelt, said: “Our new All Out Stout is dedicated to those looking for a stronger, more full-bodied option for this season.”
Marie Laveau distilled non-alcoholic spiced spirit
USP: “Classic spices and natural botanicals usually associated with rum are distilled to create an intriguing mouth feel and warm tingling taste, but without any alcohol.” The brand was created by Craig Hutchison and Maria Sehlstrom, the founders of Ceder’s.
Tuscan Tree Fiore di Sambuco Aperitivo
USP: Tuscan Tree Fiore di Sambuco (elderflower) Aperitivo is a 0% abv distilled spirit which has been infused with elderflower blossom, alongside a selection of botanicals, including Sicilian lemon, cedar wood oil, juniper peel and berry, orange peel, rhubarb root and Italian sparkling wine.
BEER & CIDER
Harvey Nichols x OXO Tower Pale Ale and Gluten-Free Session IPA
3.8% and 4.5% abv
£3 per bottle
USP: Made in partnership with Thornbridge Brewery, the Session IPA is brewed using an array of New World hops – Ella, Citra, Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo. The Pale Ale is made using Crystal, Mosaic, Chinook and Citra hops.