5 of the latest spirits offerings in the UK

Clinton Cawood

Clinton Cawood

09 November 2020

A ginger beer cask finished whiskey, Four Pillars Modern Australian gin and new Everleaf expressions are among some exciting new offerings


Teeling Whiskey x Umbrella London

Dublin whiskey distillery Teeling has created what is undoubtedly a first – ginger beer cask finished whiskey. The new limited-edition spirit is the result of a partnership with London brewery and cidery Umbrella London. The whiskey is joined by a Teeling Whiskey finished Umbrella London Ginger Beer. 

The ginger beer has been rested in two former Teeling barrels for two years. These bourbon hogshead barrels were then returned to Teeling to be refilled with whisky for nine months. The whisky and ginger beer can be purchased separately, or in a gift pack containing two cans of the ginger beer, one bottle of whisky, Umbrella’s original ginger beer, and two tumblers and coasters from The Sun Tavern.

Umbrella London Ginger Beer finished Teeling Whiskey 46% abv, RRP £45/700ml; Teeling Whiskey finished Umbrella London Ginger Beer 5.5% abv, RRP £30/8x330ml cans, £85/24x330ml cans; Gift Set, RRP £80; The Umbrella Project, theumbrellaproject.co.uk/teeling


Everleaf

Non-alcoholic aperitif Everleaf has had a full makeover, with not only entirely new branding and bottle design, but two new products too.

The brand’s award-winning original variant is now known as Everleaf Forest, and is joined by Everleaf Mountain and Everleaf Marine. The range is made with botanical extracts and distillates, and a base that makes use of various plants for texture and mouthfeel. Forest combines 14 botanicals such as Madagascan vanilla, gentian, saffron and vetiver, and is recommended to be paired with light tonic and a wedge of orange to create the Forest Spritz. Mountain, meanwhile, is an aromatic combination of cherry blossom, rosehip, wild strawberry and more. Marine, intended to be crisp and refreshing, takes a leaf out of gin’s book, with juniper, as well as botanicals such as bergamot, sea buckthorn and kelp seaweed. 

The range is the result of founder Paul Mathew’s combined backgrounds as a conservation biologist and bar owner. 

Everleaf Forest, Mountain and Marine, RRP £18/500ml, Everleaf Drinks, everleafdrinks.com


Bombay Bramble Gin

Three emerging artists have created limited-edition packaging for Bombay’s latest, Bramble Gin.

The gin brand has teamed up with actor and art aficionado Russell Tovey, who has curated this line up of British artists for this Bombay Bramble Ripe for Discovery Artist Series. The artists, Alfie Kungu, Charlotte McDonald and Rose Electra Harris, have each created a limited-edition artwork for the gin’s label. These are exclusive to Selfridges, where you can personalise your chosen bottle with a name in gold-foiled lettering, and take it home in a limited-edition tote bag featuring the same artworks. A menu of cocktails featuring the new Bombay Bramble will also be available at the Fount Bar in Selfridges on Oxford Street, including a twist on the classic Bramble, and a new take on the Clover Club.

‘It’s a pleasure to be given the chance to showcase these three incredible artists at this exciting stage of their careers, and to see their creativity coming to life on these beautiful bottles, which will now live on people’s drinks cabinets as pieces of art,’ said Tovey. 

Bombay is backing this support of emerging artists with a donation of £10,000 to The Artists’ Benevolent Fund, as well as 6% of the RRP on the first 3,000 bottles sold. 

37.5% abv, RRP £32.99/700ml, Bombay Sapphire, bombaysapphire.com


Kraken Black Glass Tentacle bottle

Spiced rum brand Kraken is leaning even more into its nautical-monster theme with its new limited-edition bottle. 

Glass for the new bottle has been stained black, and features embossed tentacles. It’s the work of agency NB, who are also behind the brand’s new Unknown Deep campaign, which gives Kraken fans more and more clues about the elusive sea monster.

‘Working in close collaboration with The Kraken marketing team, NB have developed an entirely new bottle, replacing the ceramic bottle with a more sustainable glass bottle,’ said Alan Dye, owner and creative director at NB Studio. ‘The unique design focuses on the mysterious Kraken monster with black tentacles wrapped around the bottle.’

40% abv, POA, Proximo Spirits, proximospirits.com


Four Pillars Modern Australian Gin

We’re getting a new expression from Four Pillars, available for the first time in the UK. Modern Australian Gin, as the name suggests, is an Aussie take on classic London Dry.

Until now this has been the preserve of Australia’s bars and airport lounges, after being created together with Australian chef Neil Perry and airline Qantas. It makes use of an array of native Australian and Asian botanicals such as lemon myrtle, red and green szechuan, quandong, macadamia nuts and Rosie Glow apples.

‘Our Modern Australian is our contemporary take on the classic - a bright and dry gin with a native twist,’ said Stuart Gregor, co-founder of Four Pillars.

Modern Australian joins a number of other Four Pillars gins in the UK, including its distinctive Bloody Shiraz Gin, Spiced Negroni Gin and original Rare Dry Gin. 

41.8% abv, RRP £33.50/700ml, Cask Liquid Marketing, caskliquidmarketing.com

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