Let’s all admit, 2020 has been a rough year for everyone. But spirit producers continue to innovate and release their latest products and some even going into the growing trend that is developing. 

Zamora Company’s Licor 34 brand aimed to attract vegans with an updated recipe for its horchata-inspired liqueur. When it comes to firsts, the “first” baijiu created in the UK was launched by an Essex farmer and the “world’s first” jackfruit-flavoured vodka was created in the US.  

1 Bombay Creations Gin Liqueurs

Bombay Sapphire moved into liqueurs in January and launched four-50ml “Instagram ready” expressions. 

Each is bottled at 20% ABV and the new Bombay Creations Gin Liqueurs pack contains four “trend-based” variants: Rose, Hibiscus, Strawberry, and Raspberry.

The new expressions were created to complement the juniper and citrus notes of the Bombay Sapphire gin. 

Read more here.

2 Licor 43 Horchata

To meet the demand for a “lighter and non-dairy alternatives”, Zamora Company changed the recipe for their Orochata liqueur, which is now made of 100% vegetable-based and is free from dairy. 

Renamed Horchata, the expression is a fusion of the original Licor 43 with the Spanish tiger nut and cinnamon-flavoured horchata drink from Valencia. 

The Licor 43 Horchata will gradually replace the previous liquid in all markets where it is already present. For more information, click here.

3 Thompson’s Baijiu

The Thompson’s Baijiu is the “first” baijiu to be made in the UK and is produced with 100% British grown sorghum grains. 

Essex-based The English Spirit Distillery and local farmer Pete Thompson collaborated and the product was produced from it. 

The UK-sourced grains were fermented in a way that mimicked the traditional process that is used in baijiu production through laboratory conditions. Technicians at The English Spirit Distillery used enzymes before the final distillation to produce the desired profile and aroma. 

Read more here.

4 Slapjack

This vodka was distilled six times from a mash bill that comprised of 100% corn. Slapjack is filtered three times before being flavoured with natural jackfruit. 

It is thought to be the world’s first jackfruit-flavoured vodka. The Slapjack Vodka has been described as being “smooth, juicy, and tropical” with “flavours of mango, banana, pineapple, orange, and peach”.

Each bottle is at 35% ABV and was created at a microdistillery in the northern hills of Georgia, US. For more information, click here.


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