Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix

Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK

February 6,2020

Dutch drinks firm De Kuyper and bartender Salvatore Calabrese have released “aromatic” liqueur brand Acqua Bianca in the UK Bianca through distributor Cellar Trends.

The liqueur (which has a 24% ABV) has ingredients such as lemon, bergamot, peppermint and rose, as well as the essence of ambergris, which is traditionally used in perfumery.

Calabrese said: “My idea was to create something totally unusual that does not yet exist in the market. It had to be something very versatile – a liqueur to inspire new cocktails, and that is able to take the centre stage in any cocktail creation.

Mark de Witte, CEO of De Kuyper Royal Distillers, said: “The co-creation of liqueurs with leading bartenders is a key pillar of our global strategy and an important part of how we want to innovate and lead and premiumise the liqueur category.”

Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix

Two New Whiskies From Macallan’s Double Cask Range

July 3,2020

Single malt Scotch brand The Macallan has unveiled two new whiskies: Double Cask 15 Years Old and Double Cask 18 Years Old.

Both bottled at 43% ABV, the series uses American and European oak Sherry-seasoned casks to mature the whiskies.

Kirsteen Campbell, master whisky maker at The Macallan, said: “Bringing together American and European oak Sherry-seasoned casks to achieve the perfect balance of flavours is incredibly exciting for the whisky mastery team.

“With Double Cask 15 Years Old, the delicate and indulgent flavours of American oak including honey, citrus and chocolate balance The Macallan’s more traditional characteristics of rich fruits, Sherry and wood spice.

“The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old offers slightly more complexity, with raisin and sultana subtly balanced by warming oak spice

Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix

Mr Black Adds ‘Cold Fashioned’ RTD To Range

July 1,2020

In the strong belief that coffee and whiskey are great mates, the Australian Coffee Liqueur brand Mr Black has created a twist on an Old Fashioned cocktail. Bottled and ready to drink, the brands Cold Fashioned is the second RTD to be added to the range.

Made with a blend of rye whiskey, Mr Black and bitters, it’s chocolatey, spicy, silky-smooth and coffee-forward. The perfectly balanced Cold Fashioned is your much needed antidote to the cooler months.

The brand suggests that the bottle is kept in the refrigerator and simply poured over a big ice cube, garnish with a citrus twist when ready to serve.

Unfortunately for the moment, the release is only available in Australia.

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Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix

Westward Whiskey Releases MESO Benefit Barrel

June 30,2020

Oregon-based American Single Malt distillery, Westward Whiskey have released a limited-edition single-barrel release, with 100% of proceeds going to support minority and black-owned business.

MISO, which stands for the Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, is a Portland-based non-profit that is dedicated to improving the economic opportunities for underserved individuals through empowerment, education and entrepreneurship.

The release is part of Westward’s commitment to provide opportunities for our community to join the fight against racism, and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The barrel, chosen by head distiller Miles Monroe, is the distillery’s thousandth barrel of whiskey. It has been aged for three and a half years and has been bottled at 100% proof. All bottles have been hand signed by Miles and the brand’s founder Christian Krogstad.

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Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix

Tia Maria Creates A Canned Iced Coffee

June 29,2020

Liqueur brand Tia Maria has entered the ready-to-drink (RTD) category with the launch of their Iced Coffee Frappé. Said to be “indulgent yet refreshing” the Frappé is made with 100% Arabica coffee, milk cream and coffee liqueur Tia Maria. The 4% ABV RTD uses Nitro technology means the 200ml can foams when opened

Neil Jardine, managing director of Disaronno International UK, said: “The ready-to-drink category is in dynamic growth and has a bias towards a younger consumer, which is consistent with our strategy to breathe new life into this wonderful brand.

“Over the coming months we will have more to share on further innovation, which began at the beginning of the year with the introduction of our bold new packaging. Our investment in Tia Maria is substantial and consistently above the category norms, and the combination of new products into the mix enables us to look forward with confidence

The can design for the new RTD has been created by Netherlands-based street artist Karsi and features an abstract design.


Salvatore Calabrese's Acqua Bianca launches in the UK Into The Mix

SVEDKA Vodka Launches Pure Infusions

June 25,2020

SVEDKA Vodka has announced the launch of their Pure Infusions range which will be available in three variants: Strawberry Guava, Ginger Lime and Dragonfruit Melon.

Coming in at 30% ABV, each “naturally flavoured” product is free from sugar, carbohydrates and fat and contains 70 calories per 1.5oz serving (approximately 45ml).

“Svedka Pure Infusions zero-sugar content does not compromise on the bold and innovative flavours, core to Svedka Vodka’s DNA,” said Jaymie Schoenberg, vice president of marketing for Svedka Vodka.

“Pure Infusions combines Svedka Vodka’s leadership in flavour innovation with natural flavours to offer consumers a unique, sugar-free way to enjoy their flavoured vodka no matter the occasion.”

The new range offers consumers the opportunity to “live a balanced lifestyle” and can be used to make cocktails at home. Each expression is recommended served with soda water.

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