A spirit made from cactus pears has been released in the UK - 150 years after British soldiers helped islanders first distil it. Tungi, pronounced Toon-jee, is produced on the Atlantic island of Saint Helena and is made from prickly, or cactus, pears which grow wild there.
The spirit is hand-distilled and bottled in a Tungi stairs flask, based on the island's famous Jacob's Ladder landmark. It has an abv of 43.2 per cent and retails at around £26.99.
Organisers of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival are expecting a record 12,000 visitors this year. The annual festival, which runs from May 3 to 7 and allows attendees to visit distilleries not usually open to the public, will be supported by a food fair for the first time. Visitors will also get the chance to sample and judge the six finalists in the 2007 Speyside Whisky Awards. For more information go to www.spiritofspeyside.com.