For the first time in five years, Blackwoods will release a new vintage across its spirit range, and the distillery has called on leading bartenders to help the liquids reflect trends of the moment.
Both Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gins (40% and 60% abv respectively) and Blackwoods Premium Pure Grain Vodka will launch in the 2017 vintage, available in January.
To mark the occasion, the Shetland-based distillery has also announced a massive packaging overhaul, with new bottles and branding – inspired by the Golden Age of Cocktails – to coincide with the release.
‘The new Blackwoods design celebrates the 2017 vintage and aligns with the new formulation for the popular and successful spirits in the range,’ said Dan Bolton, managing director of distributor Hi-Spirits.
‘The involvement of bartenders in finalising the recipes ensures that Blackwoods is up-to-date in terms of consumer appeal, while evoking the classic age of cocktails in the roaring 1920s.’
The new bottle, which aims to highlight Blackwoods’ premium nature, evokes the shape of old soda siphons, with faceting reminiscent of vintage glassware. It also draws attention to the key Shetland botanicals which characterise Blackwoods gins – wild thyme, meadowsweet, cowslip and eyebright.
The new formula will include the latest harvest of hand-picked botanicals from the island, with updated recipes developed in partnership with bartenders to create the ideal balance of flavour and mixability.
Vintage Dry Gin 40% abv, £22/70cl; Vintage Dry Gin 60% abv, £32/70cl; Premium Grain Vodka 40% abv, £22/70cl, Hi-Spirits, 01932 252 100