Toorank Distilleries, owners of Sloane’s Dry Gin, has launched a trinity of rum styles under the brand name Rebellion to the UK, Holland, Poland, Spain, France and Turkey.  

Diageo, has launched Chinese white spirit brand, Shui Jing Fang, onto the UK domestic market.

Chivas Brothers is to launch a limited edition golf pack for its Ballantine’s 17 and 21 year old blended whiskies.

Diageo GTME Americas has launched two new products under the Johnnie Walker brand. Johnnie Walker Platinum Label and Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve will launch in the Americas first, followed by a global roll-out in travel retail in the first half of 2012.

US: Beam has expanded its Skinnygirl range to include wine, a range of flavoured vodkas and a Piña Colada.

Pernod Ricard is rolling out its Olmeca tequila liqueurs in South Africa.

Malibu is releasing a limited edition coconut rum with coconut flakes floating inside to look like snowflakes.

Jim Beam has launched its Red Stag bourbon-based drink in the UK market and in travel retail outlets across Europe.

Whisky brand Glenglassaugh has announced the release of a limited edition range of single malt scotches named ‘Manager’s Legacy’.

G H Mumm has released its 2002 vintage champagne to the UK and Italy.

Mount Gay rum has launched a new 'rare cask selection', called 1703.

David Stewart, The Balvenie malt master, has crafted a 40 year old single malt scotch whisky, aged in sherry casks and refill hogsheads. A batch of 150, hand numbered bottles of The Balvenie Forty will be available at selected travel retail outlets in the world’s leading airports, from July 2010.

First Cape wine is launching lower-alcohol (5.5% abv) extension of its First Cape brand.

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