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Launch for Fortunella orange liqueur Bartender Lukas Stafin has partnered with Dariusz Plazewski of west London’s Bimber Distillery to create a new orange-flavoured liqueur called Fortunella. The 36% ABV liqueur is made from 100% natural ingredients. Golden oranges, also known as kumquats, are selected from China, India, South Africa and South America, then handprepared through a four stage, small-batch process. Lukas said: “I have meticulously sourced the most aromatic fresh fruits and trialled many production techniques to retain their taste sensation and achieve an unusually low level of sweetness balanced by a dry finish; then tasted and refined it with bar colleagues whom I respect for their critical palate and hands-on bar expertise”.

Paragon Brands debuts June gin liqueur by G’Vine Paragon Brands has launched a fruity gin liqueur called June, from Maison Villevert in Cognac, France. Created by Jean-Sebastian Robiquet, creator of Cîroc Vodka, June blends premium G’Vine grape-distillate gin with the flavours of fresh wild peaches and botanicals of the June flower, which only blooms for two days each June on the ripening vines of the Cognac vineyards. Chris Jones, MD of Paragon Brands, said: “Jean Sebastien and Maison Villevert have done an incredible job of capturing the tastes and aromas of fresh wild peaches and marrying them perfectly with a delicate balanced floral gin.”

New Zealand coffee liqueur brand enters the UK Quick Brown Fox, an organic coffee liqueur brand from Dunedin, New Zealand, has launched in the UK. The 20% ABV liqueur balances complex notes of coffee with a hint of cinnamon. To keep the flavour completely natural, Quick Brown Fox uses a blend of Fairtrade and organic roasted coffees from farms in Sumatra, Colombia and Papua New Guinea, along with a dash of organic cinnamon from India. Quick Brown Fox is best served as a digestif neat or on the rocks but can also be used in cocktails, indulgent desserts or paired with a dash of cream.


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