Calling all ‘Dabbers’: Nantwich Gin is here

A new gin celebrating the Cheshire town of Nantwich has hit the market from a local family-run distillery.

Cheshire Botanicals has created Nantwich Gin, its first product, to celebrate the best of the historic town and to honour Royal herbalist and famous ‘Dabber’ (Nantwich native) John Gerard.

The London dry-style spirit has a botanical bill mixing herbal, citrus and floral elements, including lemon thyme, lavender and pink peppercorns. It also has a bespoke bottle, designed with the help of a local artist to reflect the town’s Tudor architecture.

To celebrate the launch, Cheshire Botanicals is making its first batch – along with some limited-edition rewards – available to supporters of its crowdfunding campaign, which closes in late November.

Holly Challinor, Cheshire Botanicals’ head distiller, said: “We wanted our first gin to be a love letter to the town of Nantwich – its stories, personalities, history and culture. I grew up around here and the town has been home to some incredible people who were innovators in their time and leading names in science, horticulture and botany.

“With a nod to these local heroes and the incredible floral displays that we see every year, we’re using cutting-edge science and technology to craft the finest quality gin, with a bouquet and finish that’s rooted in nature, yet elevated through innovation.”

She added: “Creating this gin has been a personal labour of love and we wanted to do everything possible to create the local tribute that we originally dreamed of. Blending art and science was the best way to achieve this and we can’t wait to share it with the world!”

In a bid to make its operations more sustainable, Cheshire Botanicals grows some of its botanicals on-site using indoor farming techniques and sources many of its other ingredients from British suppliers.

Nantwich Gin is available to pre-order now through Crowdfunder UK and will ship before Christmas.

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