Maidstone Distillery has announced its first barrel aged spirit in over 40 years with the release of Kipsi Rosé.
The gin is distilled with a selection of fruity botanicals and matured in ex-Bourbon oak casks. The mature spirit is blended with Kentish morellos, dark cherries, strawberries and raspberries, which helps to create a naturally coloured gin.
Darren Graves, distillery founder and head distiller, commented: “This spirit embodies all of our values. Technically, it has been a wonderful challenge for our distilling team combining distillation with barrel ageing and fruit steeping; a true labour of love. It has also been wonderful to tell the story of the Garden of England through Kent’s harvest and fruit pickers and to showcase our local produce. The spirits colour is something we are particularly proud of.”
Its name comes from the legend that Henry VIII supposedly named Kent “The Garden of England.” This was because he was so impressed by the fruits of Kent, and over the centuries these would eventually be harvested and known as Kipsi.
The barrel aged spirit is the first in 40 years following the closure of the Grant family run distillery in 1982. The family is famed for allegedly producing the preferred drink of Queen Victoria.
Kipsi Rosé Gin joins Maidstone’s current range of spirits, which includes George Bishop London Dry Gin and Ranscombe Wild Small Batch Gin.