London No1 Gin
At a generous 47% abv The London No1 Gin is delicate and elegant on the nose with marked spicy and balsamic notes. It is soft, elegant and mellow in the mouth with a long refreshing finish – a sophisticated, well rounded gin that delivers in every area.
London No1 one of a handful of gins actually distilled in London – was created to echo the complex and full bodied gins of yesteryear, albeit with a modern twist – a striking turquoise-blue colour derived from maceration with gardenia flowers, a small, white petaled houseplant favoured by Queen Victoria in the 1800s.
The highest quality Suffolk and Norfolk grain is used in distillation and the small batch “pot still” method ensures a consistent quality. Finally, the inclusion of 12 carefully selected botanicals makes The London No. 1 a gin to be savoured.
In line with the classic gins of yesteryear, juniper, coriander and angelica feature in the recipe – the first two botanicals imparting fragrance and spiciness whilst angelica, together with orris root, give body and structure to the other botanicals. A zesty freshness comes from liquorice root. The London No. 1 is unique in that it also has a final fusion of bergamot oil in the mix – that instantly recognisable perfumed aroma in Earl Grey tea. Its citric qualities marry beautifully with the fellow fresh juicy flavours of orange and lemon peel, whilst the bergamot also reinforces the “holding” role of orris root. These are perfectly offset with the thyme-like aromatics of savory, whilst the sweet, spicy notes of cinnamon and cassia bark complete the recipe. Rested for three weeks after distillation, the result is a real modern classic.
The origins of The London No1’s name go all the way back to 1771, when the 1st Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley’s London townhouse was built on the south-east facing corner of Hyde Park. Its formal name is Apsley House, but it quickly became known as No.1 London. Over the years, the house No.1 London has become synonymous with refined elegance, artistry and culture; which are attributes that are proudly reflected in this gin.
London No1 Gin – Hay Wines Limited
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