So again we are doing this backwards but tonights Gins are:
Whitley Neill is distilled near Birmingham, in an antique copper pot still called ‘Constance’ who is over 100 years old. Using exceptionally pure water along with nine botanicals are which are carefully selected to ensure that they are of the highest quality. Whitley Neill’s tagline is “Made in London and Inspired by Africa” which is not only an insight to its creator Johnny Neill who is married to an African woman but also describes some of the botanical choices. In this line up are cape gooseberries and baobab fruit along with more traditional ones such as juniper, coriander, lemon & orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark and orris root.
To taste you get juniper and citrus notes first followed by a subtle spice and complex finish. It really does not disappoint on the “different” quote as you do get more than you normally get from a London Dry.
Serving Suggestion: G&T served with Fever Tree, garnished with Plum
So at Gin Club we often get fancy unheard of Gins but one thing we are keen to let you try are Gins that you can get in many places instead of reaching for the Gordon’s or the Bombay. The name Plymouth Gin is a Protected branding which is any Gin made in Plymouth in tradition way. Once there were many now there is only one. Plymouth, which is produced by the Black Friars Distillery. The Black Friars Distillery is the only remaining gin distillery in Plymouth, in what was once a Dominican Order monastery built in 1431, the distillery being one of the UK’s eldest, dating back to 1793.
The Brand has had a hard time in the past as it was abused by their parent company and as such the brand has suffered an image problem, lets fix that!
It has seven botanicals – juniper, coriander, sweet orange, cardamom, angelica and orris root that are redistilled with pure grain spirit. For a Gin you don’t get the dominance of Juniper instead its almost sweet, with orange and cardamom giving it a soft fruity yet spicy finish.
Serving Suggestion: G&T served with Fever Tree, garnished with Strawberry