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Wednesday 21 January, 2015

Distil PLC

Blackwoods US Approval & Distributor Agreement

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Distil PLC
21 January 2015

Distil plc

Blackwoods Small Batch gin approved for sale in the USA


Appointment of US Distributor




Distil (AIM: DIS), owner of premium drinks brands, is pleased to announce that following the statement made on 27 November 2014 Blackwoods Small Batch Gin has now been fully approved by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for sale in the United States of America, the largest single market for UK produced gin in the world.


Production and shipping of the first cases of Blackwoods Small Batch gin is expected to start in the next few weeks.


Blackwoods Small Batch gin, has been developed for the U.S. market. Blackwoods Limited Edition gin, RedLeg spiced rum and Blackwoods Botanical vodka are currently awaiting TTB approval which is anticipated in the coming months.


Distil also confirms today that it has entered into an exclusive, long term, importation and distribution agreement withThe Winebow Group(Winebow) for both Blackwoods and RedLeg brands covering the USA, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  


Winebow is a leading wines and spirits distribution company whose extensive networkdirectly covers the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C. Their indirect distributor network reaches all other 'wet' states and US territories.


A separate announcement regarding Blavod black vodka distribution in the USA will be made in due course.


Don Goulding, Executive Chairman of Distil Plc, said:


"This is a great opportunity for us to launch our new Blackwoods Small Batch gin in the worlds biggest premium spirits market. I'm confident that it will be as well received in the US as our Blackwoods Vintage gin has been in Europe and the UK since we re-designed its packaging and recipe.


Winebow are a great team with a proven track record and an extensive distribution networkcovering the USA market. We are very excited about working together to develop this market - initially for Blackwoods Small Batch gin and then Blackwoods Limited Edition gin, Blackwoods Botanical Vodka and RedLeg spiced rum brands once we have TTB approval."



For further Information:


Distil PLC

Don Goulding Executive Chairman

Tel: +44 207 352 2096

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (NOMAD)

Neil Baldwin 

Mark Brady

Tel +44 113 366 2266 /2268

SI Capital (Broker)

Andy Thacker

Nick Emerson

Tel +44 1483 413500

Cadogan PR

Alex Walters

Tel: +44 207 4995002


 About Distil


Distil Plc (formerly Blavod Wines & Spirits) is quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. It owns drinks brands in a number of sectors of the alcoholic drinks market. These include premium vodka, premium gin, vodka vanilla cream liqueur and spiced rum. Owned brands are Blavod Original black vodka, Blackwoods Vintage gin, Limited Edition gin, Small Batch gin, Blackwoods Botanical vodka, Diva vodka, Jago's vanilla cream liqueur and RedLeg spiced rum.


About Blackwoods Small Batch gin


Blackwoods Small Batch gin is made exclusively for the U.S. market at 43% abv. using botanicals from the Shetland Islands which are hand gathered during the spring and summer months. These are combined with juniperand coriander to give the gin a unique and complex flavour.



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