Here’s a roundup of the month’s drinks news in brief


Here’s a roundup of some of the moves in the drinks world over the last couple of months.

There was good news for Scottish distillery Bunnahabhain back in March, when it was given the mantle of 2016 Distillery of the Year by Tasting Panel Magazine. Bunnahabhain took home three gold medals and the big prize of two double golds for their 18 Year Old and 25 Year Old expressions. The 25 Year Old also took the trophy out for Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch. You can find out more about these through your island2island representative.

La Quintinye Vermouth Royale Rouge also had some top awards news to shout about recently. They had the privilege of winning the Chairman’s Trophy at the seventh annual instalment of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge held in New York. the Rouge was awarded 97 points — the highest ever for a French vermouth — and their Extra Dry scored 94 points. La Quintinye is distributed in Australia by HMH Beverages.

The range of raicilla curated by Esteban Morales (of 400 Conejos fame in Guadalajara), La Venenosa, will now be distributed by Alex McDowell’s growing company, de Vino Mezcal, joining Ancho Reyes, Gran Orendain Tequila, and the to be released L&J Tequila.


Southtrade has announced that they’ve picked up two new brands into their already considerably strong portfolio, picking up Southern Comfort and Tuaca from the previous distributor in Australia, Brown-Forman.

Mextrade have picked up a swag of new mezcals, buttressing their already extensive portfolio of agave spirits. They’ve now welcomed the mezcal brands that were previously with Casamezcal — like the tasty stuff under the El Jolgorio label.

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