Whitley Neill Gin - 70cl - 42% ABV
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Whitley Neill, distilled near Birmingham, is made from a 100% grain spirit that is steeped with botanicals prior to being distilled in a beautiful antique copper pot still called ‘Constance,’ which is over 100 years old. Only the purest water is used and each of the nine botanicals are carefully selected to ensure that they are of the highest quality. Whitley Neill’s tagline of “Made in London and Inspired by Africa” goes a long way in describing what those botanicals might be. Bringing together a mix of innovative botanicals like cape gooseberries and baobab fruit to its lineup, it also has other more traditional botanicals such as juniper, coriander, lemon & orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark and orris root. The tag line also lends its cues to the attitude taken on by the creator Johnny Neill, as it reflects his fresh 21st century outlook whilst also making a reference to gin’s heritage and the London based gin distilling experience put into use at the distillery.
Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin -
As a whole, the gin is not too juniper dominant and has a distinct zing to it so it’s perhaps one for fans of the lighter gin styles. However, there is enough in there to hold the traditionalists’ attention too, so don’t go writing it off either. Out of all the drinks that we have tried Whitley Neill in, the Martini was most successful as the well-balanced citrussy nature of this gin provides a great background for a dash of vermouth.