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Fancy getting into the spirit of Christmas with a local festive tipple? Don’t mind if I do! Check out a new spiced rum from Leamington Spa, plus 6 of Warwickshire's best indie artisan spirit producers.

How much? £29.99 for 50cl and £5 for the stocking-fillers 5ml miniature

On the back of small batch artisan gins there’s something of a rum revolution going on as the demand for craft spirits grow. In our patch Leamington Spa couple Victoria and husband have created a new tipple – perfect for the festive season, a handcrafted small batch spiced rum launched in November. So what’s the story behind this new Warwickshire rum? Over to you Victoria…
Have you ever had that niggling feeling that if you don’t do something you’re going to regret it? That feeling is where Newbold Spirit started.
Newbold Spirit was always a conversation that we had while we walked our dog around Newbold Comyn, that went along the lines ‘let’s give up our jobs, start a rum company and I don’t know, go and live in Barbados…’  It’s true, we haven’t given up our jobs, nor have we run away to the Caribbean but the niggly feeling persisted and so we created Newbold Spirit and then we set about making our spiced rum dream come true.

We’ve met some absolute legends on our journey, from licensing departments to award-winning Master Distillers, who have all been kind enough to share their knowledge and invaluable experiences.  Where possible we have worked as locally as possible and it’s been an absolute joy to work with the designers at Little Fish Creative. Of course, we tried lots and lots of rum!

Finally to the taste, we wanted a smooth, vanilla (but not overly sweet) taste, with spice and ginger and an back-taste nod to citrus, leaving a slow-glow warmth to the palette. Newbold Spiced Rum can be enjoyed classically mixed with cola or ginger beer, or, turned into a winter warmer hot toddy with spiced cider and apple juice or simply, by itself. It’s currently  available at The Bower House in Shipston-on-Stour, Farmer’s Fayre at Stoneleigh and The Square in Warwick and from us at the Christmas Parade Markets in Leamington. We’re delighted with how well it’s has been received so far.  We on to our second batch being produced already.

 

6 of the best Warwickshire independent artisan spirit producers:
Shakespeare Distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon
This year saw the launch of this lovely artisan distillery’s fourth new gin, Elderflower and Quince blending their award-winning Stratford Dry Gin with the quintessential British flavours of Elderflower and Quince for an authentic recreated taste of the Tudor period. The team will be at Stratford Bridge St Upmarket on Sun Dec 22, 9 am – 4pm for last minute gifts from Gin Christmas crackers to experience gift vouchers including a gin-school, cocktail masterclasses, gin cruise on the River Avon and distillery tours.
Cotswolds Distillery in Shipston-on-Stour
Award-winning whiskey, gin, cream liqueurs, sherry and express martini, made with locally-roasted Monsoon Estates Coffee in Stratford, are produced at this innovative distillery including ginger gin and Baharat gin, a small batched Middle Eastern inspired spiced tipple. Experience distillery tours are also available.
Pinnocks Distillery, Kineton, nr Warwick
A small batch indie producer who named their company after the cottage where their gin was first produced, so literally a cottage industry. Their dry gin is made using locally sourced honey, lavender and quince. New flavours include Sloe, damson and honey and Rhubarb and Strawberry.
Moores of Warwick Gin, Hatton Country World, near Warwick
A handcrafted gin with 12 botanicals made in Warwick created by husband and wife team Martin and Lorraine Moore, who also offer a gin school experience.
Three handcrafted dry gins inspired by Warwickshire’s history – Leamington on Parade, Kingmaker  and The Philosopher’s Daughter.
The Purity Brewing Company based in Great Alne, just outside Alcester, this year now add gin to its wide array of craft beers. Cascade Gin is a collaboration between Purity and Turncoat, a distillery in Liverpool from craft brewer Terry Langton. Turncoat x Purity Cascade Gin is available in 70cl bottles.

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