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Booze news: glass drops, dusty rum and Heineken

By Lia Sanders on 10/12/14 3:00 PM

Whisky brand Chivas Regal commissioned no less than 85 glass drops for its new advertising campaign. Created by Peter Layton, the glass blown bulbs play a staring role, each containing a flavour element, such as rosemary, lavender and honeycomb to convey the many flavours present in “a single drop” of Chivas Regal. 
Over 65s are the most likely to bring a bargain bottle of wine to a party, a survey by Wine Intelligence shows. 28% of over 65 year-olds spend less than £5 on a bottle, compared to just 15% of under 35s. The researchers suggested that one possible cause was that older buyers tended to buy their wine at larger supermarkets.
Pub chain Wetherspoons has cut all ties with Heineken after the brewers refused to supply a new branch in Ireland. Heineken lager, Murphy’s stout, Strongbow cider, John Smith’s bitter and Fosters lager will no longer be available in any of Wetherspoons 926 bars.
This Thursday Christie’s will auction off bottles of rum from 1870 that were discovered under layers of dust in Harwood House, Leeds in 2011. 16 bottles of light and dark rum will be sold for an estimated £1,500-£2,000 each, although last year rums from the same collection sold for £8,225 a bottle.