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SPI Group's Tulchan Scottish Gin

SPI Groups Tulchan Scottish Gin uses botanicals including heather, dried willow bark and sloeberry

SPI Group's Tulchan Scottish Gin uses botanicals including heather, dried willow bark and sloeberry

Category - Spirits, gin, 40% abv

Available - Rolling out later this year

Location - Global, including Travel Retail

Price - TBC

SPI Group's spirits arm, Stoli Group, has unveiled a new gin made with botanicals from a Scottish estate that was bought last year by the company's owner. The small batch Tulchan Gin is distilled in Scotland and takes its flavour from herbs and plants picked in the Tulchan estate.

The estate is located in the Scotch whisky heartland of Speyside.

According to reports, the Tulchan estate was bought by SPI owner Yuri Schefler early last year. UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph said the estate "boasts some of the best salmon fishing in Europe" and that Schefler is a regular visitor. 

Revealing the launch to just-drinks at the Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes yesterday, Stoli Group CEO Hugues Pietrini said there is space in the spirits category for a "pure, high-end gin with a real story behind it".

The Tulchan bottle features a picture of a half-grouse, half-man character that is the symbol of the estate. Botanicals in the 40%-abv spirit include heather, dried willow bark and sloeberry.

The release marks Stoli Group's entry to the gin category. In recent years, the company has expanded away from its core Stolichnaya vodka brand into a number of new categories, including with Se Busca mezcal and Cenote Tequila. The company also bought Bourbon maker Kentucky Owl in January last year.

Yesterday, Stoli also announced a move into Cognac through a Travel Retail-exclusive distribution deal with Cognac Prunier, which describes itself as one of the oldest family-owned Cognac Houses, dating back to 1701. The two companies are launching an eight-strong Cognac range into the GTR channel, aged between 10 and 80 years, with one expression per decade. Stoli said it decided to partner with Cognac Prunier after the success of the house's liquid with Chinese consumers in Singapore duty free.

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