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Newbold Spirit, Leamington Spa

"Premium handcrafted gins and rums made in Warwickshire. Established in Leamington Spa in 2019, by husband-and-wife team Victoria and Ian Black the distillers are already triple silver IWSC 2020 award winners."

This autumn Warwickshire independent distillers Newbold Spirit became triple silver medallists at the IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition) 2020 awards – in only their very first year of trading!

Founded by Ian and Victoria Black, the business concept was dreamed up while walking their dog on Newbold Comyn in Leamington Spa following Victoria’s redundancy last summer – and the couple haven’t looked back since.

The duo’s award-winning London Dry Gin received a whopping 92-point score, just three points off a gold medal. The judges described it as “an accomplished spirit with good balance, strong character and good complexity…The palate is wonderfully dry, crisp and well-integrated.”

Their Spiced Rum and newly released Dark Rum also delighted the judges receiving 90 points and 91 points respectively, commenting: “Newbold Dark Rum is bright and fragrant with intense notes of orange peel, tropical fruit and oak. Rich and complex with a long dry finish.”

IWSC judges are world-renowned experts from across the global spirits trade with many judges being distillers themselves, and providing a unique opportunity for independent peer feedback.

And over lockdown they have been incredibly busy launch Newbold Cherry Gin working with the Master Distiller at Union (makers of Two Birds) to created a new London dry gin with sweet cherry tones.

Muddy is very happy to report back that not only does it taste amazing, but is visually stunning too – fabulously pink! The drinks’ labels have also been stylishly redesigned by award-winning designers at Label Apeel (who designed Cotswold Gin & Duppy Share Rum).

Some of the region’s top restaurants and bars are now stocking Newbold Spirit including Michelin-starred Salt in Stratford-upon-Avon, Fizzy Moon in Leamington Spa, Hart & Co, Leamington Spa, The Tilted Wig, Warwick and newly refurbished Ronnie’s of Warwick.

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