R. St Barth Announces Bohemian Brands Distribution

rhum-st-barth-3-typesR. St Barth has changed distribution after 4 years in the UK market. Emerging distribution company Bohemian Brands of London is a new fit for R. St Barth due to its focus on small batch, leading brands.

R. St Barth is also pleased to retain its UK Brand Manager in Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast.

With the owners of R. St Barth having spent a significant time in Manchester, it was important to continue the partnership, whilst also growing its audience with a new national distributor in Bohemian Brands.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside Bohemian Brands and their team in driving the awareness of the Agricole category, with R. St Barth as the driving force across the UK to consumers and bartenders alike”. – Dave Marsland

Julian Piler of Bohemian Brands went further stating “This is a fabulous opportunity for all of us. R. St Barth is an extremely versatile brand and we can’t wait to spread the word!”.

“We are excited to have Bohemian Brands on board as we look to spread to new heights across the UK. The retention of Dave too in this new exciting phase of our work will bring forth an exciting time for R. St Barth”. – Mikael Silvestre, owner R. St Barth.

Further information on R. St Barth can be found online at http://www.rhumstbarth.com

Rampur Single Malt Indian Whisky From The Himalayas Launches In The UK

rampurbottlewithglassRadico Khaitan’s Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky launches in October. Rampur is an Indian Single Malt Whisky, handcrafted and aged in the foothills of the Himalayas. Distilled in India’s oldest distillery, this super premium malt whisky is steeped in rich Indian heritage and tradition.

Rampur Single Malt is distilled in traditional copper pot stills, matured in India’s largest and oldest distillery dating back to 1943 and is then non chill-filtered and bottled at 43%. The unique distilling location of the Himalayan foothills exposes the whisky to polar opposite climate conditions throughout the year, with the flavour of the famous Indian Summer giving Rampur an added dimension and depth. As Indian whisky matures significantly more quickly than other whiskies, such as Scotch and Irish, Rampur benefits from a smooth, mellow taste with a long-lasting finish.

Master Blender, Anup Barik brings decades of expertise and perfection to the blending of this fine whisky and is the Master behind Rampur’s distinctive malty, creamy vanilla taste, with hints of apricot & apple and sweet & wine-like finish.

Considered the Kohinoor of Single Malts, Rampur is a touch of understated luxury. Each bottle is presented in a white and gold drum with a hand crafted silk pouch reflecting India’s style and heritage.

Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business for Radico Khaitan, comments, “Rampur is for the discerning single malt consumer. Single Malt consumers prefer uniqueness in the taste. They are always keen to try a new malt. Rampur is different yet pleasing, spicy but balanced.”

Head to The Whisky Exchange, www.thewhiskyexchange.com, and splash the cash for only  £40.95!

Thrilling MONIN Cup UK Final Set For London Cocktail Week

MONIN will showcase the country’s most exciting new bartending stars during London Cocktail Week, with the thrilling climax of its national cocktail competition.

Following a series of hotly-contested regional heats at top bars around the country, eight young bartenders – one taking part in her first ever cocktail competition – will travel from as far as Aberdeen in a bid to lift the MONIN Cup UK trophy at the Marriott County Hall on Tuesday October 4. The overall winner will represent the UK at the Global Final in Paris in December, competing against their peers from around the world.

The competition has seen some extraordinary cocktails and mocktails so far, with competitors using innovative and on-trend glassware, garnishes and flavour combinations to showcase their skills and, of course, the MONIN product range.

Daniel Davis, MONIN’s new on-trade brand ambassador, said: “The MONIN Cup is a fantastic event; it enables young mixologists to dip a toe in the crazy world of cocktail competitions in a very supportive and encouraging environment. This is my first experience and I’m completely blown away by the level of talent on display!

“We want to uncover the next generation of industry stars, and I’m confident our UK Champion will do us proud at the Global Final in Paris .”

On Monday October 3, London Cocktail Week trade attendees can also take part in an exclusive MONIN masterclass with Peter Dorelli; a unique opportunity to learn from an industry legend. The former head of The American Bar at The Savoy will dispense wisdom and advice gleaned from 50-plus years behind the bar, offering a wealth of experience to help today’s young bartenders further their own careers.

For the second year running, MONIN is headline trade sponsor for London Cocktail Week. This year MONIN has teamed up with 18 participating bars to showcase their premium quality syrups in the signature serves of venues such as The Lighterman at Kings Cross, MAP Maison in Haggerston, Le Point de la Tour, The Escapologist and more. In addition, MONIN will also be sponsoring one of DrinkUp.London Pop Up Bar’s classic cocktails, Kir Royal, which will be based on a serve of an iconic London bar using Monin Crème de Cassis liqueur.


An afternoon with MONIN and Peter Dorelli
Monday October 3, noon – 3pm, London Marriott Hotel County Hall

Learn some new tricks at an exclusive masterclass with the legendary Peter Dorelli, followed by a masterclass in partnership with Jägermeister.

MONIN Cup UK Final
Tuesday October 4, noon – 6pm, London Marriott Hotel County Hall

Watch the UK Final of the prestigious MONIN Cup; a biennial cocktail competition that seeks to uncover the next generation of exciting young mixologists. Contenders from regional heats must make one cocktail and one mocktail using any flavour of MONIN syrup and their choice of spirit. The overall winner will go on to represent the UK at the MONIN Cup Global Final in Paris in December, competing against bartenders from all over the world.

For more information on London Cocktail Week or to purchase your Festival Pass , visit: https://drinkup.london/cocktailweek/.

Brent Elliott Showcases Cult Bourbon Brand In The UK


Four Roses Master Distiller, Brent Elliott, is visiting the UK for the first time to mark his first anniversary in the role of heading up the distilling team at the cult bourbon brand.

Presenting the multi award-winning Four Roses range, Brent will unveil the Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2016 at Harrods during the first week of October. An exclusive press tasting will take place at The Soho Whisky Club, followed by a series of trade masterclasses in London, Manchester and finally Scotland.

Brent, who has worked with the company for 10 years, most recently as Director of Quality, took over the role and responsibility of crafting quality Bourbon from legend Jim Rutledge, who retired from his position in 2015.

Brent Elliott, Four Roses Master Distiller, says: “My visit to the UK is long overdue and I’m really looking forward to hosting these events around London, Manchester and Scotland. I feel really lucky to have been appointed as Master Distiller, it’s hard to call it a job as it’s such a privilege and a passion to be a part of Four Roses. It’s been an amazing year.’

Charles Marshall, Spirit Cartel Consiglieri, says: “After Four Roses’ success at winning Best Bourbon and Directors Awards at the San Francisco Comp, we’re excited to have Brent in the UK to convert any remaining non-believers. We can’t promise you a burning bush or a wedding at Cana moment but one sip will lead you to worship at the altar of this cult bourbon!”

Four Roses bourbon recently had an outstanding result in the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, winning seven awards. These included the Director’s Award of Excellence and the 2016’s Best Bourbon award for their 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon.

Liverpool’s Castle St Townhouse Opens Its Doors


Castle St Townhouse has opened its doors to the public in the heart of Liverpool’s thriving Commercial District.

Complementing its cosmopolitan postcode, the all-day dining and drinking destination is providing a unique effortlessly elegant space for ‘legal eagles’ and socialites alike to while away the morning, noon and night.

By combining the ‘Three Bs’ (breakfast, brunch and bar), the new venue aims to blur the lines between social meetings and cocktail nights by rotating its core image and atmosphere throughout the day.

Owner and Director of Castle St Townhouse Jason McNeill said: “It is a great honour to open our doors on the increasingly popular Castle Street, and join a host of fantastic names within the hospitality industry. With Liverpool’s landscape ever changing, we wanted to provide an offering that was as unique as the city itself.

“To capture the essence of the brand’s mirror inspiration, the venue transforms throughout the day to reflect people’s changing faces and personalities to allow them to truly show their three sides as they wake, work and play.”

Early risers opting for the breakfast menu will enjoy a range of delicious breakfast bites including Poached Eggs, Chorizo Jam, Mushroom & Sourdough; Mascarpone & Buttermilk Pancakes with caramelised banana and maple syrup and Stornoway Black Pudding with Tomato, Hash, Poached Egg and Hollandaise. From 11am, the menu transforms to serve up innovative brunch dishes such as Shin of Beef with Kale and Carrot Celeriac; Hake Fillet with Spinach Hash, Avocado, Chilli and Chorizo and Rumpette Straw Fries with Béarnaise Sauce.

The venue also provides a duo of house specialities including the city’s first breakfast ‘afternoon tea’, aptly named The Townhouse Tier, which combines bitesize portions of breakfast favourites such as French Toast & Bacon, Danish & French Pastries and Fresh Fruit & Smoothie Shots. Meanwhile, the Bottomless Brunch offers delicious menu favourites along with unlimited Mimosas, Brunch Punch or Prosecco.

Jason added: “Our culinary offering, devised by Head Chef Martin Simm, is made up of a range of quintessentially British flavours paired with contemporary ingredients to create novel future classics and is inspired by the ritual of taking brunch at any time.

“By day we provide a gloriously relaxed meeting point for businesses to connect while grabbing a light bite to eat and drink, whereas come evening the lighting and music rotates and so does our core focus. In order to pay homage to New York’s pristine socialite culture, the venue adds a new dimension to Liverpool’s nightlife by combining a splendid interior with an immaculate service and genuine approach. Regardless of the time of day, we aim to create an unrivalled sunrise to sundown experience that goes on to make a lasting impression.”

Castle St Townhouse is open from 8am Monday-Friday and from 9am Saturday and Sunday.

For more information visit http://www.castlestreettownhouse.co.uk

Oktoberfest East Festival – Bavaria Comes to East London


This autumn, beer lovers will descend on Oval Space for an alternative Bavarian-themed experience like no other. Under an Alpine canopy, Oktoberfest East will bring the very best traditional aspects of the famous Bavarian beer festival to the heart of East London from 28th September – 9th October, complete with a unique and immersive food offering and live music for revellers to dance into the night.

Oktoberfest East will be the first and only UK festival to serve up overflowing steins of the official Oktoberfest beer by Munich brewing powerhouse, Hacker-Pschorr. The East London twist on Oktoberfest is a collaboration between the Hacker-Pschorr brewery, experiential duo The Art of Dining and specialist beer events company Beers, Bars & Beyond.

Oktoberfest dates back to the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of SaxeHildburghausen in 1810. Citizens of Munich were invited to attend festivities near the city gates for which beer had been specially brewed. Over two-hundred years later, Oktoberfest East will celebrate this iconic festival’s traditions by recreating a corner of Bavaria in Bethnal Green.

Set against a backdrop of blue sky, fluffy clouds and an Alpine forest, festival-goers can settle down on long wooden tables to enjoy frothy steins of Hacker-Pschorr’s Oktoberfest ‘bier’, exclusive to this festival in the UK, with a slightly higher ABV it brings an authentic taste of Bavaria to the party. The Art of Dining have developed a menu based on Bavarian flavours but with an updated, East London twist to soak up the steins – from warm pretzels, to hearty salads and delicious schnitzel there will be full dining options or a food market for those wanting a quick bite. A soundtrack will be provided by East London’s very own Hackney Colliery Band; with a unique mix of brass and beats they’ll be blasting out everything from Adele to Kanye to get people on the dance floor.

A range of different priced packages accommodates for everything from a large group night out to after work drinks with a couple of friends. For £75 enjoy ‘The Full Package’ with reserved seating, table service, a three-course Bavarian feast from The Art of Dining, and steins of lager a plenty. ‘The München Ticket’ at £45pp includes reserved seating, two steins of beer (equivalent of four pints) and table service to order food. For £15 ‘The Reveller’ gets you entry and allows you to grab a free spot in amongst other festival-goers, with overflowing steins on offer at the bar and a food market by The Art of Dining to grab some hearty wurst.

The closest thing to Germany this side of the Rheine, Oktoberfest East is set to be an authentic Oktoberfest experience with a signature East London twist – the perfect place to eat, drink, laugh and party with friends.

Seven Award-Winning Bartenders To Take Over Patron Cocktail Lab For London Cocktail Week


For this year’s London Cocktail Week, Patrón Tequila has invited seven acclaimed international bartenders from Miami to Münich and San Juan to Singapore to host a takeover of Patrón Cocktail Lab – a destination for cocktail recipes and inspiration – to create and serve cocktails inspired by their city. Taking place at Spitalfields Market, 3-9 October, the Patrón Cocktail Lab will be a unique opportunity for trade and consumers alike to learn a little about cocktail culture from those who are at the pinnacle of their career. 

In a rare occasion, a carefully curated line up of seven award-winning bartenders will come together in the heart of the market space, over seven consecutive days, showcasing their skills and devising unique city-inspired cocktails using Patrón tequila. The epic bartender line-up includes London’s very own Nathan Shearer from Callooh Callay, Jose Luis Leon from Limantour in Mexico City, Philip Bischoff of Manhattan bar in Singapore, Remy Savage from Little Red Door in Paris; Cihan Anadologlu of Circle By Cihan Anadologlu in Münich, Gui Jaroschy from Broken Shaker in Miami and Roberto Berdecia of La Factoria in San Juan.

Matthew Sykes, Director, International Marketing for Patrón Spirits International, says: “People can be intimidated by cocktail menus and are perhaps nervous to experiment. At Patrón Cocktail Lab, we are using some of the best bartenders from around the globe to help advise people on unique cocktails and how to make them at home.  We want to bring the exciting cocktail culture and experience to everyone and, more than anything, showcase how versatile tequila and of course Patrón can be.”

For those unable to attend London Cocktail Week, cocktail enthusiasts can experiment from the comfort of their own home via Patrón Cocktail Lab at http://www.cocktaillab.com


–        Bartender & Bar: Nathan Shearer – Callooh Callay, London

–        Cocktail: Patrón City Lights (using Patrón Reposado)

–        This light, complex and refreshing highball cocktail is the essence of summertime in London. Using British flavours and ingredients such as pears and Kamm and Sons, it is an easy drinking cocktail that can be enjoyed all year round.



–        Bartender & Bar: Jose Luis Leon – Limantour, Mexico City

–        Cocktail: Patrón Chipotle Punch (using Patrón Silver)

–        Using the most popular chili in Mexico, the Chipotle Punch packs a proverbial punch and invokes the familiar spicy flavours of Mexico City.



–        Bartender & Bar: Philip Bischoff – Manhattan, Singapore

–        Cocktail: Patrón Señor Sling(using Patrón Silver)

–        Bringing a taste of Singapore to London Cocktail Week, Señor Sling is refreshing but still complex, fruity take on the country’s national signature drink


–        Bartender & Bar: Remy Savage – Little Red Door, Paris

–        Cocktail:Patrónomy (using Patrón Silver)

–        A simple serve in essence but has a lot of complexity. Patrónomy is refreshing, fruity and citrusy without being sour. It also as a very subtle bitterness as well as a delicate salty feel.



–        Bartender & Bar: Cihan Anadologlu – Circle By Cihan Anadologlu, Münich

–        Cocktail: Patrón Mexica(using Patrón Silver)

–        A concoction of Cherry Brandy and a variety of bitters, all the ingredients fit perfectly to make a citrusy and herbaceous autumnal cocktail.



–        Bartender & Bar: Gui Jaroschy – Broken Shaker, Miami

–        Cocktail: Patrón Yellow Submarine (using Patrón Silver)

–        The Yellow Submarine follows the classic style of Broken Shaker cocktails; refreshing, interesting and playful like the city and the people in it. Using unexpected and fresh ingredients, the Yellow Submarine possesses earthy vegetal notes, whilst fresh lime and spicy falernum bring acidity and a touch of sweetness.


–        Bartender & Bar: Roberto Berdecia – La Factoria, San Juan

–        Cocktail: TBC

Whisk Yourself Away To The Magic Of Speyside Apple Orchards In The Heart Of Manchester


On September 30th, Caorunn, the handcrafted Scottish gin, is transforming the Oast House, Spinningfields, into a vibrant urban apple orchard which will offer 500 passers-by a free Caorunn G&T for a truly beautiful crisp, fresh taste of the Highlands.

The urban apple orchard will be brimming with trees for one day during the Manchester Food and Drink Festival. The fragrant fruit is one of the five Scottish botanicals, along with dandelion, heather, bog myrtle and rowan berry, that are infused into the handcrafted Scottish gin. Caorunn is uniquely served with thin red apple slices to create a clean, sweet, full-bodied and aromatic taste with a long-lasting dry and crisp finish.

Caorunn has teamed up with City of Trees to create the beautiful orchard. The charity, is an innovative movement, set to re-invigorate Greater Manchester’s landscape by planting three million trees, one for every man, woman and child that lives in the City Region.

Following its time at the Oast House, Spinningfields, the trees are being donated to Snipe Clough, Oldham, where they will be planted to form part of a new community orchard.

Ibolya Bakos-Tonner, brand manager for Caorunn said: “The Oast House, Spinningfields, is the perfect backdrop to home the urban apple orchard. We hope to brighten up the day of some of the city’s workers, with not just an apple, but a taster of our handcrafted gin during the Manchester Food and Drink Festival.”

“The fact that the trees will remain in Greater Manchester following our event means a lot to us to show our support for the growth of green spaces within urban areas.”

Kevin Wigley, City of Trees, comments: “This is a really exciting project for us to work on and is a chance for gin-lovers to get close to nature in an urban environment.

“We hope this pop-up orchard will show people how trees can really make a space and inspire more urban greening to help transform our cities and towns”

The free Caorunn G&T is only available from the Oast House on the 30th September. The activity is only limited to 500 and can only be redeemed after 13:00.

Hunter Laing & Co. Gets Go Ahead To Build New Islay Distillery

Hunter Laing & Co. has been given the green light from Argyll and Bute Council to build a new malt whisky distillery on Islay. The family-owned Glasgow whisky company led by Andrew and Scott Laing, along with their father, Stewart, expect to start work on Ardnahoe distillery in November and the first drop to flow from their stills in early 2018.

Hunter Laing & Co., which was established in May 2013 and distributes whisky to 65 markets around the world, submitted its planning application earlier in the year and will now proceed with plans to build Ardnahoe distillery on a four-acre piece of land at Ardnahoe, on the north east coast of Islay near Port Askaig. The land has been purchased from Islay Estates.

The distillery, which will focus on creating a single malt Islay whisky, will be the ninth on the island and the first to be built since Kilchoman was established in 2005. The distillery will draw water from the nearby Ardnahoe Loch and production of around 200,000 litres of alcohol is planned for the first year.

Commenting on the new distillery, Andrew Laing, Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted that our plans for Ardnahoe have been approved. Since starting our company, we’ve seen a huge demand for Islay whisky around the world and now is the perfect time to make the progression from blenders and bottlers to distillers and secure our own supply of Islay single malt.”

Adding his thoughts, Scott Laing, Director, said: “Our father spent time on Islay early in his career while working for a brief spell at Bruichladdich. He has always had a natural affinity with the island and we’re all fans of the peaty style of whisky it is renowned for so it’s wonderful to be able to build a distillery on the island.”

The building of the distillery will see a visitor centre comprising of a café, tasting room and shop. The distillery will create many full-time positions on the island, as well as a number of seasonal roles.

Remarking on the distillery, Stewart Laing, Managing Director, said: “This is the natural next step in the journey of Hunter Laing & Co. To be able to work with my sons on the new distillery is a real joy, as is the opportunity to be part of the incredible tradition of whisky-making on Islay, the whole experience is a dream come true.”

Piper-Heidsieck Rare Launches First Rose Champagne


Today, the House of PIPER-HEIDSIECK launches its first ever prestige cuveé rosé – The Rare Rosé Millésime 2007 – exclusive to Harrods and Hedonism in the UK.

The Rare Rosé Millésime 2007 is the latest creation from PIPER-HEIDSIECK’s Cellar Master, Régis Camus and explodes with aromas of lychee, berries and smoked tea and elegant flavours of exotic herbs, pomegranate, vanilla, passion fruit and a dash of paprika to exceed tasting expectations.

The exceptional Champagne is the marriage between 56% Chardonnay wines, mainly from the Montaigne de Reims area, selected carefully for their freshness and elegance and 44% Pinot Noir for structure. A blend of 17 grape varieties, it has been left to mature for at least eight years.

2007 was an unusual year for the vineyard, with extremely early growth which then suffered a period of cold weather – this year gave rise to very few vintage Champagnes. However, nature rewarded the few growers who showed devotion and carefully tended to the vines, resulting in perfectly ripe, crisp grapes.

According to Régis Camus, Cellar Master at PIPER-HEIDSIECK, “2007 was perfectly atypical, producing the first vintage Cuvée Rare Rosé. We spent several years reflecting on the selection of grape varieties that would be best suited to the Rosé version of our prestige cuvée. Rare Rosé Millésime 2007 enjoyed 8 years ageing time in the cellars.”

It’s not just the liquid that is special, the Rare Rosé 2007 will be presented in a special, numbered box made of lacquered black wood and rose gold metal.

The Rare Rosé Millésime 2007 is available from Harrods and Hedonism from 1st October at a RRP of £325.00. Only 150 bottles of this exclusive Champagne are available in the UK.

Freelance Events Curator/Collaborator, Brand Development, Drink Journalist, Taster & Guide to the World of Drinks

%d bloggers like this: