COTSWOLDS DISTILLERY LAUNCH SHAKESPEARE THEMED GIN
Award-winning young distillery, creates new barrel-aged “1616 Gin”
With this wonderful new gin we pay homage to our local bard Mr. Wm Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. Shakespeare was known to fancy his ale and wine but in his days gin was made mainly in Holland and called Genever. It was made mainly with malt spirit which was redistilled and flavoured with botanicals, primarily juniper (Genever in Dutch, hence the name). Since we make beautiful malt spirit for our whisky we thought it would be great fun to try our hand at an old-fashioned Genever recipe, in honour of our famous 17th century neighbour! We redistill our malt whisky spirit in our bespoke Holstein pot still, combining it with juniper, coriander, cassia, nutmeg, orange peel and a few other secret botanicals. We then age it in specially toasted and recharred wine casks, in which it mellows and develops wonderful notes of wood and fruit. Best served neat or over ice, it’s also a tasty treat with ginger beer or your favourite mixer.
Nose: Freshly baked fruit loaf with spiced dark fruits and a hint of candied peel, dark chocolate chips, and vanilla.
Taste: This gin has a luxurious, thick texture that fills the mouth and a light, cosy warmth to it. There are oily citrus notes to start, then the base notes come through, adding a touch of chocolate and a hint of breadiness akin to marble rye bread. This is followed by dark, vine fruit notes and a gentle lift of cedar and oak.
Finish: Dry, with notes of juniper and an array of complex, spiced notes: a combination of baking spices and deeper, peppery, menthol, mace-like notes, which linger for several minutes after sipping.
Overall, a delicious and sippable spirit with the perfect equilibrium between the flavours of the base spirit, the botanicals, and the wood - just the way an aged gin should be.
ABV 46% alcohol by volume 50cl bottle
PER BOTTLE £40.30 (inc VAT)