Distilled above an ancient underground water source, Highclere Castle Gin is produced in England’s oldest gin distillery in one of the oldest working copper gin stills dating back to the 1800s.
This recipe was carefully developed over two years, after experimenting with several botanicals homegrown on on Highclere Castle’s ancient estate including vibrant oranges from the Victorian Orangery. This meticulous selection of ingredients was chosen for the recipe that includes the extraction of essential oils, which in the presence of alcohol gives Highclere Castle Gin its uniquely smooth character.
At the beginning of the distillation process, the botanicals are slowly added to the still, along with a charge of spirits. After the lid is closed the steam jacket gently warms the still. This warming process allows the botanicals to begin releasing their oils for distillation and this process of maceration continues overnight. The following morning, the stills are heated to a higher temperature, making the charge boil. A boiling process turns the liquid into vapor, which evaporates to the swan neck and water-cooled condenser, creating the liquid. The distillate is separated out into three parts: heads, hearts and tails. Only the heart section is used in the Highclere gin-making process; the most subtle and refined of the aromas and flavors are given off during the distillation.
The resultant high proof liquid is blended with water to precisely 43.5% ABV for maximum flavor. Known as "the real Downton Abbey," Highclere Castle distilled this award-winning London Dry Gin to have an exceptionally smooth flavor profile which comes from ingredients like lavender, which was planted by the Bishops of Winchester in the 9th century, and citrus from the Victorian-era orangery and juniper that has grown wild at Highclere since Roman times.
The Botanicals in Highclere Castle Gin are influenced by the gardens and the historical memories and associations. The taste and style begin with the juniper at the heart of the gin, to which is added the touch of lavender inspired by the borders in the Monks' Garden, followed by lime flower and orange peel. These two scented plants which give us such delight. As an unusual but delicious twist, Highclere's acclaimed estate grown oats have been woven into our botanical blend to give an exceptionally creamy palate as a long and memorable finish. The gardens, orangery and greenhouses lie at the centre of Lord and Lady Carnarvon's life, giving much enjoyment and precious moments of relaxation. The oats are grown on the high chalk downlands of the Highclere farm. Records from the 13th century testify that oats have been grown at Highclere and today remain a key element of the landscape for food, to add to our gin and as part of conservation and diversity.
Highclere Castle is renowned throughout the world for hosting extravagant parties with many of the world’s most interesting people and Highclere Castle Gin was created to celebrate the “true spirit” of Highclere.
The finest Estate Gin symbolizes the legacy of elegance, hard work, passion, & a reputation for perfection. Highclere Castle Gin, by design, celebrates the beauty of a gone era, where elegance reigned supreme.
Aroma: Sweet citrus opens to a floral bouquet with a crisp pine back note. Flavor: A luxurious and silky mouth feel. Citrus of orange with notes of lemon and lime move into restrained juniper on the mid palate with gentle spices and florals. A long lasting velvety smooth finish. Exceptionally smooth and subtle flavor profile that comes from ingredients like lavender, juniper, citrus, and other botanicals, grown for centuries at Highclere Castle. Finish: The exceptionally smooth creamy finish results from using Highclere Castle estate-grown oats. Lord & Lady Carnarvon with their dedicated team of gardeners, manage the botanicals that come from the Monk’s Garden and the Victorian-era Orangery, picturesquely located behind the castle.
This exceptionally smooth London Dry Gin integrates juniper, orange zest, lime flower, cardamom, and other botanicals along with Highclere’s famous oats to soften the finish.
Highclere Castle Gin is distilled at Langley Distillery, England’s oldest gin distillery. The bottle is custom produced in England.
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