The man behind Whitley Neill Gin has launched a new craft gin inspired by the English countryside.
Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin is the latest product released by Johnny Neill, whose portfolio of gins also includes J. J. Whitley and Mary-Le-Bone Gin.
The new gin is distilled in Yattendon in West Berkshire – home to one of the UK’s largest Christmas tree suppliers. It features handpicked Norway spruce alongside pink grapefruit, lemon and orange peel, cassia, orris, coriander, angelica and juniper.
Crafted in small batches at the Royal Oak in Yattendon village, the gin comes in a gold-hued bottle and its label features an illustration of a fox clad in quintessential English country attire.
The Dry Gin has launched alongside Berkshire Botanical Sloe Gin, which is infused with hedgerow sloe berries and includes liquorice in its botanical mix.
Johnny – whose family history of gin making goes back eight generations to Thomas Greenall – said: “I’m delighted to launch the first two gins from Berkshire Botanical. Our philosophy is to create enduring, sustainable botanical spirits and liqueurs using the inspiration of botanicals growing within the beautiful area of Yattendon.
“I’m particularly excited about the use of Norway spruce within our Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin – it’s a real nod to the area’s acclaim to Christmas tree growth and the land that it is distilled upon.”
Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin (40.3%) and Berkshire Botanical Sloe Gin (28%) are available from The Drop Store, Amazon and Master of Malt at £20 and £18 respectively for 50cl bottles.