Downton Explorer's Gin - 70cl - 44% ABV
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Named not for the TV show but for the ancient manor house upon which its distillery is based, Downton Distillery is one of the latest to come bursting out of the woodwork. There’s something about it that excites us greatly though – the bottle is gorgeous, the couple behind it are just lovely and the gin itself manages to merge local ingredients with the rich history of the building that birthed it.
Explorer’s Gin was created as a tribute to those from the Golden Era of exploring, who brought back wild and exotic ingredients to England’s green land. Using a combination of maceration and vapour infusion, the gin is a multi-layered flavour journey, with fifteen botanicals fighting for prominence.
It’s the juniper that really sings, though, hoisted by the coriander. Cubeb and pink peppercorns bring bright spice, while lemon verbena adds a waxt, herbal citrus twinge. It is gin in all senses of the word, with cedar bringing an additional pine hit. Gin for gin fans!
To serve: classic tonic and an orange wedge.