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Cross Keys reveals Blackcurrant Gin

Latvia’s Cross Keys Gin has launched a blackcurrant expression. Said to bring an essence of the Baltic region with it, the new release will be available in the Baltics, UK and travel-retail with shipments to Australia and Italy to follow.

Maris Kalnins, global brand director of Cross Keys Gin says: “I’m totally in love with this new gin. Yes, it’s another take on the pink gin trend, but to be honest, our Cross Keys is more sophisticated with its deep purple tinge and I’m sure it will bring a great twist to all gin cocktails. 

“There are three special reasons why this pink gin will steal everyone’s heart: for one, it has a perfect harmony of bitterness and sweetness, layered with a fresh berry aroma on the top. Two, it’s a great example of finest art of distillery handcrafted in small batches. Three, it has a striking pink colour that will attract each bartender’s eye.

“The additional ingredient to its uniqueness is our signature clay flask. For over 250 years the pure, fresh taste of our drinks has been preserved using natural clay bottles and Cross Keys Gin Black Currant will have it too.”

Cross Keys Gin Blackcurrant is 38% ABV and available in 70cl bottles. Cross Keys Gin is a handcrafted, small-batch gin that took its inspiration from the legendary Riga Black Balsam and was created in 2018 by the same master distiller who holds the secret recipe for the centuries-old bitter. The gin takes its name from two crossed keys – an ancient symbol of urban hospitality in Latvia and part of Riga’s heraldry.

It is bottled in a distinctive clay bottle to enhance the flavour and deliver its signature smooth taste. Distilled with four botanicals of juniper, rosemary, chamomile and linden blossoms, gathered during the Latvian summer.

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