Highclere Gin Tasting
Tue, Sept 24 at 18:30
Globally recognised as the iconic face of the award-winning television drama, Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is producing a super premium London Dry Gin inspired by botanicals from the castle’s gardens. Tonight we welcome the Highclere team to discuss the history of the brand while you try their delicious gin.
You will be welcomed with a delicious gin cocktail before you sit down for the tasting of the gin to be paired with a delicious selection of charcuterie including venison bresaola. You will then be presented with a gin cocktail to enjoy!
Distilled above an ancient underground water source, the Highclere Castle Gin is produced in England’s oldest gin distillery Langley, in one of the oldest working copper gin stills dating back to the 1800’s.
With a delicate balance of juniper lemon and orange peel and a touch of lavender, the gin celebrates Highclere’s historic estate,
integrating acclaimed estate grown oats into the blend, adding a rich and flavourful palate experience that boasts a long and memorable finish.
The new bottle has been designed with the castle in mind, a tall square shape which is symbolic of the tower at Highclere.
At the same time the deep purple glass recognises the family’s heritage whilst capturing the brand’s premium qualities.
The family’s archive recalls gin cocktails from the early 1900’s and the “Highclere Style” is a classic gin and tonic which has been enjoyed at the castle for many years, made with gin,
tonic, an orange peel finished with a rosemary sprig. Juniper has grown wild on the estate since the Iron Age. The castle archivist recently discovered a reference by the 1st Earl to planting Juniper on the estate,
dating to April, 1811 ”If you plant juniper in the fosse of Beacon Hill be careful not to extend it over any marks of tents so as to efface any vestige of antiquity I suspect too the clump should be fenced or the young
shoots will be cropped in winter ...”
Adam Von Gootkin, chief executive of Highclere Castle Spirits commented “We are delighted to be launching the Highclere Castle Gin which speaks so much to the life at Highclere, the gardens, the land and the spirit.”
Lady Carnarvon commented “For years Highclere Castle has been renowned for its entertaining and house parties with gin and cocktails featuring through years.
We therefore felt with the ever rising interest in gin, the family’s heritage, and indeed the Carnarvon’s love of the spirit, it was a natural step to make a gin with Highclere provenance.”
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