The new £2.5m Lakes Distillery will become the first whisky operation in the Lake District in more than 100 years, when it opens in December.

Columbian super-premium rum brand, La Hechicera, will launch to the UK this September, ahead of a roll out to the rest of Europe and the Americas in 2013.

Absolut Vodka has launched Crystal Pinstripe, the next generation of its 2010-released Crystal bottle, to global travel retail.

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