Distillery slammed for 'Novichok vodka'

Novichok Vodka

Published by Spire FM News at 5:07am 11th July 2018.

Super strength vodka named after nerve agent which has claimed the life of an Amesbury woman and left her partner critically ill.

A distillery has been criticised for selling a limited edition "Novichok Vodka."

Bristol Dry Gin named a 75 % proof vodka after the deadly nerve agent.

The company announced it's super strength product on social media on Saturday (7th July), describing it as "no laughing matter."

At the time of launch two people lay critically ill in Salisbury District Hospital after being poisoned by a high dose of Novichok.

Dawn Sturgess passed away the following day whilst Charlie Rowley is in a critical but stable condition.

Novichok Vodka

The company came under fire from members of the public with many taking to their Facebook page and Instagram to express upset at the "tasteless" timing.

 Bernice Elliot, who lives in Salisbury, urged the company to rethink the name stressing:

" For those of us enduring this nightmare it really is in poor taste."

David Watson wrote:

“The poor people that have suffered. The town that has suffered and its people. I can't believe you want to make money out of it. Please rename this into something appropriate," 

The company has apologised saying the timing "may have lacked sensitivity"

In a statement Bristol Dry Gin said:

"Novichok Edition has been in development for some time, and was only named and released after the Skripals had recovered.

“It was intended to lighten the mood and ease tensions, not to cause offence, and reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. We sincerely apologise if any offence was caused, especially to the families of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, and understand the timing of the release of this product may have lacked sensitivity.

“We appreciate the messages of support which we have received, especially those from the Salisbury community, but also regret any negative feeling generated in the wider community.”



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