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Privacy and Cookies

When someone visits www.bbr.com we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone.
  • We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.
  • We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source.
  • If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this.
  • We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

for more information on our privacy policies, please read here.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.
To find out more about cookies, including how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org


Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

First-party cookies: we use cookies to monitor how visitors find and use our website. We report on this activity in aggregate, and use this information solely for the purposes of monitoring and improving our website.

Third-party cookies: we use a variety of widely-used third-party plugins as marketing tools for our own business and to provide convenience tools for our visitors. In our belief the use of these plugins represents current "best practice".  Third party cookies are cookies created by an external service when you use a page on our website. These cookies are specific to the third-party's domain and accordingly the data held in them can be seen and managed by the third party and not by us. We control whether or not we use the third-party service with our website, and how it is integrated and presented on our website. We do not have control over the cookies themselves. 

In Summary: We believe there is no reason for our website visitors to be particularly concerned about the privacy implications of any of the cookies we use, but we do recognise the importance of making you aware of the purpose and scope of the data stored in the cookies which are created or updated on your computer when you visit our website. You may choose to delete these cookies from your computer between visits to our website.


Cookie Name Purpose More Information
Third-Party Cookies
Google Analytics _utma
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics, that sets a cookie in order to  evaluate how visitors use our site.

We use the information to help us improve the visitor experience on the site.

These cookies collect information in an anonymous form. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. 

__utma: contains a unique and anonymous identifying ID, which allows us to ensure that subsequent visits to our website are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. This cookie expires after two years.

__utmb: used to establish and continue a unique user session. Each time you request another page from the website the cookie is updated to expire after 30minutes.

__utmc: works with __utmb to determine when to create a new session for a website visitor. This is a session cookie and expires when you exit the browser.

__utmz: tracks how you found us and is used to calculate traffic and navigation within the website. It is updated with every new page view and expires after 6 months.

 __utmv cookie which relates to custom reporting segments, a feature which we occasionally use on Google Analytics.
Please note: Note: Google controls which cookies are used, so these could change over time . Read about Google Analytics Privacy Policy

How to reject or delete this cookie:
To provide website visitors with more choice on how their data is collected by Google Analytics,  Google Analytics offers the Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.
 Google  Maps  khcookie, NID, SNID and PREF  We use Google Maps on our Contact Us forms & shop pages to provide detailed information on how to locate us.  
Google Maps stores up to four cookies: khcookie, NID, SNID and PREF. We use Google's interactive maps because we believe they provide a helpful way for our visitors to identify how best to reach us.
 We use the Google Maps tools on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found here and its terms of service for Google Maps
 Facebook    We use the Facebook "Like Box" plugin to help us present our business on the  Facebook Social Network. The plugin detects whether you have "Liked" our Facebook page and uses this information to present either a "Like" button or a "You Like this" message with various other associated details from Facebook.

If you are not logged in to Facebook, no cookies should be served. If you are logged in to Facebook, the plugin creates and/or updates a series of third-party cookies.
We use the plugin as a convenience for our visitors, and we use it on the basis that Facebook adheres to its data use policy
 Twitter  pid, _twitter_sess, k, guest_id original_referer  We use the Twitter "Follow Button" plugin to help us market our business using Twitter. The plugin detects whether you are logged in to Twitter when you visit our website and uses this information to present either a "Follow" or "You Follow" message with various other details from Twitter. The plugin creates five Third-Party cookies - pid, _twitter_sess, k, guest_id and original_referer - if a visitor accesses the site when not logged into Twitter, and a further cookies if accessed while logged on to Twitter. We use the plugin as a convenience for our users and we use it on the basis that Twitter adheres to its Privacy Policy
YouTube video Flash Local Shared Object (LSO) We use YouTube service to host video content, and embed YouTube's player in our web pages to allow you to watch the video without leaving our website.

YouTube's embedded player currently creates and updates two Flash LSO objects from s.ytimg.com. The LSOs are soundData (which appears to store volume setting preferences) and videostats (which appears to store performance-related information). We have no direct control over YouTube's use of the data stored in this object.
For more information, please read YouTube's privacy policy
First-Party Cookies
(Required for Correct Site Function)
 BBR  ID and
These cookies are set by our webiste upon arrival to the site (=session cookies).

Typically used to maintain the integrity of your session while transacting information with a website (accessing secure areas, forms submissions etc)

Cookie Expires: They are deleted when a user closes their browser.
 BBR  bbrck3 This cookie is set by our webiste only when a user has used the 'Remember Me' function (tick box next to the log in fields) with the express intent of remaining logged into ther bbr.com account (not having to log in in each visit to the site) Cookie Expires: 30 days from first visit to bbr.com
 BBR bbrck4 This is used to identify a user's unique session on the website and to personalise elements of the experience, such as:

* the display or not of product tasting notes,

* the default price mode (in Bond, Duty Paid)

* to determine the user's chosen sort order (by price, by vintage etc) and number of items per search result page.

 * the type of currency (Sterling, HK Dollars Euros), and the price per unit,  in the search results

Cookie Expires: 30 days from first visit to bbr.com
 BBR bbrck6
Basket ID: This is an essential cookie to the completion of the shopping process in the site that is always set when user adds items to their online basket. Cookie Expires : They are deleted when a user closes their browser.
 BBR  bbrck7 This is a cookie set to visitors that clicked on bbr.com advertising banners placed  in the Financial Times website. Cookie Expires: 30 days from first visit to bbr.com

How to delete this cookie using your browser settings: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/

New law
As a result of the EU Directive 2009/136/EC which came into force in the UK on 26th May 2011 we have reviewed our privacy policies and website practices and we are implementing the changes that are required to the way that we use cookies on the Website as a result of this new law.