SUPERVALU and Centra have expanded their premium spirits range, the first off-licence chain in Northern Ireland to make three popular local craft spirits widely available across the province.
Shortcross Gin, Ruby Blue Vodka and Dunville’s Whiskey have gained increasing popularity since they were launched by their local distillers in recent years. However until now the award-winning local premium spirits have not been easily obtainable throughout the province.
With fifty off-licences across Northern Ireland, providing customers with an extensive range of beers, wines and spirits, SuperValu and Centra are meeting the demand for local craft product as well as enhancing their premium spirits offering.
Northern Ireland’s first craft gin, Shortcross is produced at Rademon Estate Distillery, Crossgar, Co. Down and was awarded a silver medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015.
Ruby Blue Vodka is a small batch potato vodka that is distilled and bottled by the Hughes Craft Distillery in Lisburn, Co. Antrim. The spirit was awarded Gold in the 2015 Global Vodka Masters and took Silver at the 2015 New York World Wine and Spirits Club Awards.
The Echlinville Distillery in Newtownards produces Dunville’s 10 year old PX Cask whiskey. Once produced by the biggest distillery in Belfast, Echlinville now produces the whiskey which was named Best Irish Single Malt 12 years old and under at the recent 2015 World Whiskies Awards.
SuperValu/Centra Trading Manager, James McLornan said, “I’m delighted to be adding Shortcross Gin, Ruby Blue Vodka and Dunville’s 10 year old PX Cask Whiskey to our premium spirits range. They are fantastic local craft spirits which are gaining a lot of international awards.
“These local award winners will form part of our extended premium spirit range which now includes Dingle Gin made from uniquely Irish botanicals, the gluten free Tito’s Handmade Vodka from Texas and Jameson Caskmates – an Irish Whiskey finished in oak barrels used to age Irish Stout,” he added.