Posted: 11/04/2021

Product focus: Alcoholic drinks

With the COVID outlook becoming more positive and the warmer months on their way, it’s time to gear up for customers who will be looking to eat outside, and in larger groups. This week we take a look at alcoholic drinks.

The Organical Botanical Spirit Co distils its Organic London Dry Gin in small batches, which it says all have their own character while retaining leading notes of citrus. Approved organic by the Soil Association, the gin comes in 70cl bottles (RRP £39).

Produced by the Jackton Distillery just south of Glasgow, the RAER brand has launched with two tipples. The naturally, smooth sweet blended Scotch Whisky comes in cases of 6 x 70cl and 12 x 5cl bottles (trade £105 and £42 respectively), while its juniper-led Jackton Gin comes in the same case sizes, priced at £147 and £42 respectively.

In the Welsh Wind Distillery has launched a limited edition cask-aged gin. The distillery aged 400 litres of its Signature Style gin in Palo Cortado sherry casks. The result is a rich, bronze-coloured spirit that has developed flavours of almonds, dried stone fruit and wood spice to complement the original botanical profile.

London Vermouth Company has developed three new lines in 50cl bottles. No.1 Amber Limon features Kentish rhubarb, blood orange and Surrey honey while No.3 S.E. Dry contains gooseberries, Bramley apples and honey (both RRP £24). Completing the trio is No.2 a rich red vermouth made with Kentish Gamay, Sussex Bacchus, Ruby Port and 23 herbs & spices (RRP £25).

Pirate’s Grog has added Honey Spiced and Pineapple Spiced varieties to its offer, as part of a new Tropical Horizons range. Both made using the company’s smooth five-year-aged rum, these spirits come in 700ml bottles (RRP £32, wholesale £19.50+VAT).

Chocolate Stout (6.2% ABV), the Belgian-style Baker’s Witbier (5%) and Lemongrass Lager (0.5%) are the latest beers from Toast Ale. All three are made using surplus bread and all profits go to the food system charity Feedback. 440ml, RRP £4 (lager is £3.50).

Black Cow has moved into the ready-to-serve cocktail arena with a 24% ABV Negroni (50cl, RRP £25), made up of its English Pure Milk Vodka, Italian Campari, Spanish vermouth, and a secret blend of natural bitters.

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