Taste top-notch spirits at The Wine & Spirits Show

8th March, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

Some of the industry’s most awarded spirits, spanning gin, rum and absinthe, will be available to taste at The Wine & Spirits Show next month.

Aluna Coconut rum is among the award-winning spirits to be showcased at The Wine & Spirits Show

The Wine & Spirits Show will take place on 12 and 13 April at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London, following the success of the inaugural show last year.

The event will encompass two halls – one dedicated to wine and one to spirits – and will feature a number of masterclasses for the trade and consumers.

In the spirits hall, there will be a Global Masters Spirits Zone, where visitors can taste award-winning expressions from the Global Spirits Masters – a series of blind-tasting competitions assessed by completely independent and expert judges.

The area will be manned by some of the judges behind the competition, who can take visitors through the various expressions and tasting processes.

The stand will give visitors the chance to taste an array of spirits from Cornwall-based distillery Pocketful of Stones.

Products on offer include Mutiny Bitters, Caspyn Dry Gin, and Morveren Absinthe.

Caspyn Dry Gin contains ingredients including hibiscus flowers, lemon and orange peel, lemongrass, lemon verbena, Japanese tea, gorse and orris.

For fans of something stronger, there’s Morveren Absinthe, bottled at 66% abv. The expression contains Cornish seaweed which gives it an unami flavour. It also has hints of aniseed and herbal undertones.

The brand’s packaging tells the story of a Cornish legend about the mermaid Morveren of Zennor.

Meanwhile, rum lovers can indulge in a coconut-flavoured expression from drinks group Cloudbreak Spirits.

Aluna Coconut, bottled at 35% abv, is a blend of rums from Guatemala and the Caribbean with “all-natural” toasted coconut flavours.

It is also made with virgin sugar cane honey (miel de caña) in order to produce a “lighter and smoother rum” and “remove the need for the large quantities of sugar found in other coconut rums”.

Inspired by the long midsummer days on Scotland’s Orkney, Orkney Gin Company Johnsmas will also be available to taste at the Global Spirits Masters Zone.

Described as “fragrant, fresh and light”, Johnsmas gin is crafted using a variety of hand-picked seasonal botanicals.

Get in touch with Chloé Beral – chloe.beral@thedrinksbusiness.com – for more details on exhibiting at The Wine & Spirits Show.

The trade will be welcome from 2-5pm on Friday. To register for the trade session, click here.

For details of the free trade masterclasses, click here.

The event will open to consumers from 2-9pm on Friday and 1-8pm on Saturday.

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