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Spirit Cartel adds COLD gins to portfolio

City of London Distillery (COLD) gins, owner of the first working distillery to open in the City of London for 200 years has been added to Spirit Cartel's wide portfolio of fine liquors. The addition to Spirit Cartel marks a big step for the small-batch micro-distillery, which opened in 2012 inside entrepeneur Jonathan Clark's cocktail bar.

The distillery produces a range of five small batch premium gins: London Dry gin at 41.3% ABV, Christopher Wren gin created by former Tanqueray distiller Tom Nichols at 45.3% ABV, Old Tom gin at 43.3% ABV, Sloe gin at 28% ABV and the limited Square Mile gin at 47.3% ABV.

Using artisan techniques and the finest botanicals, City of London Gins are distilled using the traditional ‘one shot’ method.

The packaging design references the distillery’s location in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral and demonstrates the brand’s pride in its City of London location. This striking bottle is also a stunning addition to any back bar.

Jonathan Clark, founder of City of London Distillery, says: “Knowing Spirit Cartel’s history with their other brands, I was still a little dazed even whilst the celebratory-deal-sealed G-and-Ts were being sipped. The distillery and our gins are a great success in the UK and we look forward to this continuing with the help of our new family.”

Charles Marshall, Spirit Cartel consiglieri, says: “The addition of City of London Distillery will further strengthen our presence in the gin market and complement our portfolio of premium brands that include Don Q rum and Four Roses bourbon. They’re a perfect fit for the Cartel with their attention to detail, as well as the slight off-the-wall essence to the things they do. We’re pretty thrilled to have them on board and look forward to telling their story and working with Jonathan and the team at COLD, as well as getting Tom (Nichol) into the trade.”

COLD gins have an RRP ranging from £35 - £45 and are available in the on-trade through most of the wholesalers, and in the off-trade in Harrods and other premium purveyors of fine spirits.

16 September 2016 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editorial assistant