New Aluna Coconut Offers More Flavour And Less Sugar

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Aluna Coconut launches this week, making its debut in Harvey Nichols stores across the UK and online with 31Dover.com. A sublime blend of rums from Guatemala and the Caribbean, with natural toasted coconut flavours and a fraction of the sugar found in existing brands, it is completely on-trend and set to be the drink of the summer.

Aluna appeals to a new, empowered generation who look for better, lower sugar products and actively seek mind, body and spirit satisfaction, connecting with the world around them. Aluna translates as ‘to the moon’ and the label adopts a lunar phase mandala design, which is a spiritual symbol for the universe.

The Guatemalan rum in the blend is made with first press virgin sugar cane ‘honey’ (miel de caña) which is fermented using a strain of yeast extracted from the pineapple plant, then lightly aged in oak. This makes a lighter, smoother rum with floral, fruit aromas and subtle natural sweetness, removing the need for large quantities of sugar. Selected Caribbean rums add firmer, classic rum notes and a little heat, giving balance and structure to the blend, whilst lightly toasted natural coconut flavours give a delicious new taste dimension. After marrying, Aluna is cut with the perfect amount of coconut water for an amazingly smooth and clean finish.

Aluna Coconut’s Heather Graham comments: “We’re delighted to be launching Aluna Coconut at this time. Aluna’s world is built around a central theme of empowerment – particularly amongst women for whom this generation has conferred greater independence, liberty and self-determination.

We’re confident that our positioning, alongside the delicious flavour affinity of rum and coconut, coupled with a lower sugar content and clean, natural taste will appeal to our target market of women and men aged 21+”

Signature serves include Aluna Colada, Aluna Mojito, Aluna & Apple and Aluna Espresso Martini, as well as being delicious on its own, over coconut water ice cubes.

Win Your Chance To Be At The Official Super Bock UK Launch Party

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Join Super Bock for a night of celebration at BEAT London, the iconic private members club just off Oxford Street on Wednesday 24th May, 6-11pm!

In its 50+ years of opening, BEAT has housed some of the great music legends of our time including David Bowie, Jimmy Hendrix and The Sex Pistols ­ and Super Bock is offering you a one off opportunity to experience it.

There will be live music from special guest, Portuguese DJ Moullinex who has performed in venues and festivals across the world and is now bringing his electronic vibes to BEAT London for the first time.

Drinks will be flowing, everyone will be dancing and we’d love for you to come and join the party!

Want to go? I’ve 5 pairs of tickets to give away! Head to my Twitter page and enter! Simple!

Terms and Conditions;

Open to people aged 18+ only and must be residing in the UK. Travel expenses are not covered for, and winning tickets cannot be swapped for monetary value. A single ticket is the prize, no extra tickets available for travelling partners. Competition closes midnight 23rd May 2017.

 

International Gin Show Junipalooza Is Back With A Bang At Tobacco Dock

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Calling all gin lovers! Junipalooza, THE international gin event is back and better than ever at Tobacco Dock for World Gin Day. What’s Junipalooza you ask? Let’s break it down, Juni: an abbreviation of Gin’s signature botanical, juniper, and Palooza: a party, celebration or festival. It is the only gin show where gin fans can meet makers and sample unique gins from all over the world is back for 2017, and it’s better than ever before.

Junipalooza returns to London’s Tobacco Dock on the 10th & 11th June, along with 50 distillers flying in from 14 countries including Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and beyond. Now in its fourth year, the fun and inclusive event shines a light on the huge variety of gins in the category, many of which are debuted in the UK at the show.

Unlike other gin events, Junipalooza promises gin stands hosted by the distillers themselves, category-wide masterclasses, music, food, a cocktail bar hosted by the team at Beefeater Gin and of course, hundreds of tasty gins to sample in what promises to be a fun-fuelled experience for 3,000 gin-thirsty fans.

Junipalooza is proud to coincide with World Gin Day on Saturday 10th. With a ticket that includes a FREE sample of gin, there is no better way to celebrate World Gin Day than with distillers from all over the world. New to the show this year is the dedicated masterclass area, a space where ticket holders can sample over 100 gins during one of three sessions held over the weekend.

Sessions run from 11:00-15:00 and 16:00-20:00 on Saturday, and 11:00-16:00 on Sunday. The Gin Kiosk shop will also stock all the exhibiting gins in one convenient spot for ticket holders to purchase. Sessions cost £30 and can be purchased online at junipalooza.com or Eventbrite.

Commenting on the festival, Gin Foundry’s Editor Olivier Ward says: “Junipalooza is a rare opportunity to meet the actual gin-makers, who fly in for the occasion from all over the world just to be there to share their passion. Having them all there in person always creates a very inclusive and fun atmosphere – it’s a true celebration and one that’s a must-do for any gin fan.”

TINCUP Whiskey Launches ‘Hero the Barback’ Campaign

Created by distilling legend and true American mountain man Jess Graber, TINCUP® American Whiskey is made from a unique blend of Mid-Western rye, corn and malt. Its unusually high rye content at 32% provides a bolder, spicier flavour profile compared to ordinary bourbons.

Aged in new charred American white oak barrels, it is bottled at 84 proof in Colorado using pure Rocky Mountain water. On the nose, TINCUP evokes notes of citrus, black pepper and ginger snaps. On the palate, TINCUP suggests rye spice, cinnamon and caramel.

TINCUP is a celebration of the rugged spirit of the Colorado mountain lifestyle. It is named after Tincup, an old mining town set on the Western Slope of Colorado, which itself was named for the tin cups from which the miners drank their whiskey from following a day in the depths of the Rocky Mountains. TINCUP honours this heritage with its rugged hexagonal bottle that is deeply embossed with mountain references. It is also closed with an actual tin cup that can be used for sipping and sharing the whiskey.
TINCUP is best enjoyed with friends for the perfect ending to any adventure. Sip neat or with a few ice cubes, or use as a base for classic whiskey cocktails like the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned. TINCUP is also perfect as part of a Boilermaker serve – with a pint or bottle of quality IPA or lager. For something a bit different, try these refreshing TINCUP cocktails:

TINCUP Colorado Gold Digger

50ml TINCUP Whiskey
20ml Honey Syrup
20ml Lemon Juice
2 dashes of Orange Bitters
Shake all ingredients and strain over cubed ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a large lemon twist.

TINCUP Rocky Rose

50ml of TINCUP Whiskey
Top up with Fentimans Rose Lemonade

TINCUP salutes its heritage by championing hard-working and industrious people and in this spirit,TINCUP will be conducting a nationwide search in 2017 to find a barback hero. The unsung hard-workers of the bar industry, without whom a drink wouldn’t even cross the bar. Follow the story here: #herothebarback #barbackhero

TINCUP is available to purchase in selected nationwide Marks and Spencer stores, priced from £32 (70cl, 42% ABV). From May 2017 a limited edition lantern pack is available to purchase from 31 Dover, whilst stocks last.

 

Chelsie Bailey Takes The UK Crown In Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship

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Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship’s (UBC) UK winner has been crowned, with Chelsie Bailey from Red Light bar in Bristol taking this year’s title. Bartenders up and down the country had their skills put to the test – with the 2017 competition seeing entrants quizzed on everything from pouring and nosing, to stock take and tray service.

Chelsie fought off tough competition from over 100 entrants who battled their way through heats in six cities – with the last heat taking place in London on Sunday 14th May. Despite the outstanding efforts of entrants from all areas of the country over three months, it was Chelsie that proved she indeed has the “skills to pay the bills”.

The Ultimate Bartender Championship will now bring together all the global winners at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail – the world’s premiere cocktail festival. Chelsie, along with other winners from around the world will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans, where they will have the opportunity to network with the industry’s most influential personalities and other UBC winners from across the world.

“There is no doubt that it was a hard-fought battle – but it is amazing to see Chelsie win for the UK and head off to Tales of the Cocktail this Summer – it’s going to be epic! UBC is intended to challenge the best bartenders across the UK, and the stiff competition this year proves that it is doing just that” commented Grant Neave, Monkey Shoulder brand amBADASSador.

The UK leader board can be viewed here: http://ultimatebartenderchampionship.com/local-leaderboard

Full details of each round can also be found at: http://ultimatebartenderchampionship.com/challenges.

Ron de Jeremy

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Most spirit brands in the world will have some association with a celebrity, entrepreneur, fellow brand within a different sector, or in this case, a porn star. Define Ron Jeremy as an actor and all of a sudden the taboo goes away. After all, George Clooney and Dan Ackroyd are two who stand out as a perfect example of crafting a spirit and promoting it as such.

I’m not going to focus on the man himself though for this feature, as it’s the rum that hits the table in the form of its XO and Spiced expressions.

The XO is said to celebrate the extraordinary life of Ron Jeremy, seeing a blend of selected pot and column still based rums from Barbados, Trinidad and Guyana, aged for up to 15 years within ex-American oak bourbon barrels. It’s spiced expression uses rums from Trinidad and blended with exotic spices.

But how do they fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Ron de Jeremy XO – 40%

Honey, toasted maple syrup and walnut come through upon the nose. Smooth offerings of sweet honeycomb, toffee and slight burnt cinnamon on the palate, leading to a lingering thick vanilla finish.

Ron de Jeremy Spiced Hardcore Edition – 47%

Rich nutmeg, toffee and fudge aromas on the nose, followed by toasted marshmellow. Soft, sweet caramel on the palate, with slight orange rind and warm cinnamon powder, resulting in a long lingering finish.

Good sipping rums, and a cracking base for something like this;

Ron de Jeremy
Cherry J Sour

Glass – 

Rocks

Ingredients – 

50 ml Ron de Jeremy Reserva
20 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
20 ml Cherry Marnier
10 ml Creme de Cacao Dark
1 Barspoon Galliano
5 Drops Plum Bitters
20 ml Egg White

Method – 

Shake all ingredients over ice and double strain over ice filled rocks glass. Top with grated chocolate.

A great talking point for your drinks cabinet, and the spirits stand up, so it’s not just the expected gimmick!

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Windspiel

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German efficiency is world-renowned within the engineering world, but the last few years has seen it up its game when dabbling into the wider world of spirits, including that of gin. Monkey 47 set the benchmark for the German style of gin, and Windspiel have decided to come across and raise it further, dabbling itself into the potato side of the spirit.

Friends Sandra Wimmeler, Denis Lönnendonker and Tobias Schwoll bought in 2008 the Weilerhof farm in Berlingen, itself within the Volcanic Eifel region of western Germany, where Tobias, with a background in agriculture and a desire to become a farmer, immediately took to tending to the land. The team initially grew Elephant Grass before moving onto potatoes and it was while feasting over the latter one evening, gin in hand, that they apparently hit upon the idea of making a spirit out of their growing supply.

With the likes of Chase Distillery proving that potatoes are a great base for a spirit, the resulting two years had the team craft and develop alongside master distiller Holger Bolchers, who creates the raw alcohol in his home town in Northern Germany.

But how is it all created?

The first step taken is the harvested potatoes by Tobias, which are then sent to Holger, who grinds them up and mixes them with drinking water. The mash (the alcohol producing mash, not the food) is then gently heated to trigger the conversion to sugar, then cooled and mixed with yeast to stimulate the conversion to alcohol. The resulting liquid is distilled twice in a large continuous still to raise the ABV and to purify the spirit. The neutral spirit is further finished in a small 150lt still to add a final dose of smoothness.

To create the gin itself, each botanical element (including juniper, lemon zest, coriander, lavender blossom, ginger and cinnamon) is added to the spirit separately and then distilled as individual components. After a few weeks of resting, the team blend these distillates together, before adding further spirit and cutting to bottling strength, producing around 800 bottles per run.

And the name itself? Here’s an extract from the Windspiel website to explain;

“. . . . . the four friends remembered a visit to a woman in the neighbouring village. At that time, they were new to the village and everyone wanted to know who these four newcomers were. Sandra, Denis, Rebecca and Tobias did not want to be impolite and were happy to take up her invitation. She told them plenty about the surrounding area, about old Mr Weiler who used to own the farm, and the later it got, the further back she went in German history. Eventually, when it was getting quite late, the lady began talking about King Frederick the Great of Prussia. According to her, he was supposed to have met Leopold Joseph Graf von Daun in 1757 and talked about the Eifel „Tartoffel“ or potato. Frederick the Great was very impressed. So impressed that he had the idea of conjuring up something special from this fine tuber – creating an exquisite liquor would have been the crowning achievement of his life‘s work. Unfortunately, it didn‘t turn out that way. As they thought about this story, the four friends simply had to laugh. But still, what if it were true? They wanted to establish the facts and researched everything they could find on Frederick the Great. The dog lover, Sandra, was particularly enthusiastic about his passion for greyhounds. He even wanted to be buried with them. Her enthusiasm was contagious and quickly spread to the others and this is how they linked one passion with another. They called their exquisite liquor: Windspiel Premium Dry Gin. Dedicated to Frederick the Great, who discovered the potato in Germany and his second great passion: the greyhound, or in German „Windspiel”.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Windspiel – 47%

Fresh, subtle notes of lemon, lavender and coriander upon the nose, following onto the palate nicely as it coasts alongside the smooth potato spirit. A slight earth note, with waxy lemon peel, juniper and bark, finishing with a lingering spice freshness.

A stunning gin to drink neat or over ice, and at 47% abv, can stand up to a simple gin and tonic;

Windspiel

Highly recommended for your drinks cabinet at home, both as a talking point amongst the gin category, and the base within its own branded gin and tonic!

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Zeca

Zeca

Cachaça is a criminally underrated Brazilian spirit, with most bars and restaurants stocking it out of curiosity, rather than intent. The cachaça based Caipirinha is probably the most well-known signature serve from the category, with many venues pushing flavoured variations to their customers as if the fruit were the last available.

But what about just taking a seat and enjoying the spirit for what it is? Capturing a country within its reasoning, much the same way we look at whisky from Scotland, tequila from Mexico or Armagnac from France.

With this mindset, lets take a look at Zeca, new to the UK market and recently launched into the likes of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

Hailing from the apparent lush green mountains of Brazil’s hidden Zona Da Mata, in Minas Gerais, Zeca has been hand-crafted by the Matos family estate for over 100 years, using only traditional methods. Utilising once-pressed sugar cane grown at high altitude, the juice is distilled in old alambiques and resulting in Zeca, itself paying homage to Joseph “Zeca” de Matos, the first of the family to be born in Brazil and son of the pioneer Antonio de Matos, who moved from Portugal in 1891 to settle in the untamed region of Minas Gerais.

Created by Marcos Matos and Tony Austin, the focus is not solely on the liquid itself, but also the aesthetics of the brand, including the bottle illustration that brings to life the diversity and beautiful abundance of the Minas Gerais gem stones producing region of Zona da Mata. The blue colour apparently stands for the gem amethyst, whilst the purple celebrates the oxidised colour of the alambique copper, the most traditional cachaça distilling apparatus that they utilise.
The Tamanduá anteater is the brand’s most lively character, a natural pest control who roams the sugar cane fields at night eating the ants.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Zeca – 40%

Passionfruit and dried banana peel come through on the nose, with hints of fresh sugarcane present. Damp earth blended with rich sugarcane and flesh fruit on the palate, bringing in a slight zest spice. A long finish.

A real kick of artisan Brazil, perfect to be sipped. Although they do recommend it, if you wish to have a longer serve, with fresh ginger beer or homemade lemonade. One to add to your drinks cabinet if you wish to pack a Brazilian offering to your friends and family.

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Luxury Tea Company Newby Teas Presents The Ultimate Summer Iced Teas

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From Newby’s popular Classic Tea Bag Collection comes a healthy, delicious and refreshing alternative for the discerning customer who wishes to avoid artificially-sugared summer drinks: Iced Summer Berries and Iced Green Lemon.

Summer Berries combines a rich berry taste with notes of hibiscus and vanilla. Green Lemon is light yellow-green, with a delicate citrus taste and a tangy finish.
Each luxury tea and tisane is presented in a Newby sachet, sealed the Newby way, a proprietary system which preserves the freshness and aroma of the tea, keeping it safe from adulterates.

Gwen Hustwit, General Manager Creative & Marketing at Newby Teas said:
“All you need to do to make our summer iced teas is brew, cool and add ice. Use one teabag per person, add boiling water, then brew for 3-5 minutes. Alternatively, for green tea, you can use our specially-developed recipe.”

“At Newby Teas, we are dedicated to reintroducing quality and uncompromising flavour to every one of our products. Our teas are fresh and full of flavour and character, and our tisanes retain the fruits’ natural sugars, offering the perfect sweet indulgence, which can be served sugar free without calories, making it the perfect summer refreshment.
“From weekend garden parties to warm summer nights, this year’s Newby iced teas are the ultimate luxury treat.”

Newby Teas Classic Tea Bag Collection was relaunched earlier this year with a series of unique designs created to celebrate craftsmanship. Newby Teas, is substantially owned by the N Sethia Foundation, which supports, among other good causes, the Chitra Sethia Centre for Robotics and Minimal Access Surgery at UCH, the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre in Cambridge.

Green Lemon and Summer Berries cost £5.50 per 25 bag packet and are available online at (www.newbyteas.co.uk).

Newby’s ‘Green Mojitea’ iced-tea recipe

Serves 4-6

4-6 Newby Green Lemon Tea Bags
3 Tablespoons of Sugar
600ml Sparkling Water
3 Unwaxed Lemons

In a large heat proof jug, brew 4-6 Newby Green Lemon tea bags using 400ml of water just below boiling (80°C). Steep for 3-5 minutes then remove tea bags. Stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar (adjust to taste) and allow the tea to cool before adding the juice of 2 lemons and 600ml of sparkling water. Serve with ice, and fresh lemon (fresh mint optional).

Grey Goose Vodka Limited Edition Summer Bottle Launch at Harvey Nichols

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GREY GOOSE, The World’s BestTasting Vodka, has unveiled a limited edition version of its iconic bottle in time for summer, exclusively in partnership with Harvey Nichols this month.

The GREY GOOSE Limited Edition Rivieria bottle celebrates the brand’s French heritage and has been designed to transport your senses to the sparkling blue waters and sunny climes of the French Côte d’Azur.

The new deisgn features classic marinière stripes, inspired by the bathing beauties of the Nouvelle Vague, and visible brush strokes reminiscent of France’s Impressionist Movement.

The new limited edition bottle perfectly complements the GREY GOOSE signature summer cocktail, Le Grand Fizz. A twist on the classic spritz, Le Grand Fizz is an elegant blend of GREY GOOSE Vodka, St-Germain® Elderflower Liqueur, soda water and lime, served in a wine glass to accentuate its vibrant nose. Made with only the finest French ingredients, the effortless recipe champions the light and bright flavours of the cocktail’s refreshing ingredients, making it the perfect drink of the summer.

This year GREY GOOSE is encouraging people to live their best summer and has partnered with a number of festivals and bars across the country – alongside a wider calendar of events – including House Festival, Barclaycard British Summer Time, The Mondrian, Restaurant Ours and Harvey Nichols, to offer the classic Le Grand Fizz serve

Between 1 June – 31 August, guests visiting the Second Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols in Manchester can choose from six variations of the Le Grand Fizz cocktail – the original Le Grand Fizz, La Poire Grand Fizz, L’Orange Grand Fizz, Le Citron Grand Fizz, Black Raspberry Grand Fizz and an exclusively designed Hibiscus Grand Fizz. For every GREY GOOSE Limited Edition Riviera bottle purchased instore, guests can enjoy a complimentary Le Grand Fizz cocktail at the Second Floor Bar, redeemable with proof of purchase until the end of May.

The new GREY GOOSE Limited Edition Riviera bottle has launched in partnership with Harvey Nichols and will be available exclusively for one month at all Harvey Nichols stores nationwide, retailing at £48.00.

GREY GOOSE LE GRAND FIZZ RECIPE

Craft your own original Le Grand Fizz signature serve, or substitute Grey Goose Vodka with Grey Goose La Poire, Le Citron or L’Orange flavoured vodka for a twist.

35ml GREY GOOSE Vodka
15ml St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Freshly squeezed lime (2 wedges)
3 wedges of fresh lime
60ml chilled soda water

Method:
Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add Grey Goose vodka and St-Germain. Then squeeze fresh lime wedges and discard. Top with chilled soda water. Stir and garnish with fresh lime wedges and a Grey Goose stirrer

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