Collective Spirits aims to ride the wave of interest in Central & South American spirits across the UK and meet increased demand for high quality authentic brands with sustainable practices. The premium tequila, premium rum and mezcal categories have all grown by 5+% per year since 2018 and this trend has continued through lockdown. The launch will introduce bartender favourites Cimarrón Tequila, Picaflor Mezcal & Campo de Encanto Pisco. The launch also introduces Tequila ArteNOM Selección, Don Amado Mezcal and the complete Fuenteseca Tequila Reserva range, which includes the oldest aged expressions of tequila in the world (15, 18 & 21 years).
The company will also launch Terranova’s Panamá-Pacific Rum into the UK. Named after the 1915 Panamá-Pacific International Exposition, which celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal, this rum is distilled at the famous 'Las Cabras' distillery in Panama. The rum is initially rested in Kentucky bourbon casks for three years, and further ageing for 5, 9, 15 and 23 years takes place in Tennessee whiskey barrels for a rounded portfolio; all age statements reflect the youngest rum in the blend.
Jake Lustig, the founder and director of Terranova, said: 'The UK is a key market for us and we are delighted to work with the Collective Spirits team who will bring a dedicated focus and energy to get these top-quality spirits to the places and people who will appreciate them most.’
Meanwhile, Tom Stockley, the founder of Collective Spirits agreed: 'To form a spirits collective and community like this has always been a dream of ours and the pandemic provided the catalyst for the idea to take shape. We’re now very excited to work with this extraordinary portfolio and, when we can all finally return to our beloved restaurants and bars again, we can’t wait to share it with bartenders, mixologists and drinks enthusiasts around the UK.’
Carlos Romero, founder and Master Distiller of Campo de Encanto Pisco, added: ‘It’s incredible for Campo de Encanto Pisco to re-enter the UK and be alongside so many other incredible brands, many of which are old friends.'
Collective Spirits was formed out of two drinks distribution companies in 2020 by Tom Stockley, Duncan Stone and Joe Marshall-Rush. Their love for high-quality Mexican spirits led them to explore import options to fill UK demand during the pandemic down days. Collective Spirits aims to source and promote sustainably produced spirits from community focused farms.