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The Gin

Highclere Castle Gin possesses a rare level of smoothness that allows it to be enjoyed on the rocks.  Traditionally, it is exceptional when mixed with tonic and a lime or in a classic martini cocktail.

Recovered from the Carnarvon family archives stored deep within the castle, menus and letters reference gin cocktails from the early 1900’s.  Enjoyed in the “Highclere Style” for over a century, the traditional method of indulgence involves a cocktail made with gin, tonic, a fresh orange squeeze and peel, and finished with a rosemary sprig from the garden.

Juniper has grown wild on the estate since the ancient Roman days, and forms the backbone of this super premium London Dry Gin. 

                                                                  

             

             

           

Botanicals
Our Botanicals are influenced and sourced from the castle gardens. 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 planted in the 9th century by the Bishop of Winchester, followed by lime flower and orange peel. As an unusual but delicious twist, Highclere’s acclaimed estate grown oats have been woven into our botanical blend to give an exceptionally creamy and memorable finish. 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.
Distillery

Distilled above an ancient underground water source, Highclere Castle Gin is produced at Langley Distillery; England’s oldest gin distillery in one of the oldest working copper gin stills dating back to the 1800’s.

The recipe was meticulously developed over two years.  Our careful selection of botanicals in the recipe, contain essential oils; it is the extraction of these oils in the presence of alcohol that gives Highclere Castle Gin its uniquely smooth flavour.

To begin the distillation process, the botanicals are carefully weighed out and added to the still, along with a charge of spirits made from English wheat.  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. The boiling process begins to turn the liquid into vapour which rises to the swan neck and water-cooled condenser, turning the vapour back into liquid. The distillation is separated out into three parts; heads, hearts and tails. It is only the heart section that is used in the Highclere gin-making process; this liquid holds the most subtle and refined of the aromas and flavours given off during the distillation.

The resulting high proof gin is blended with water to precisely 43.5% alcohol.  We discovered this exact proof lent itself to the maximum expression and dimension of flavour.
Distillery

Distilled above an ancient underground water source, Highclere Castle Gin is produced at Langley Distillery; England’s oldest gin distillery in one of the oldest working copper gin stills dating back to the 1800’s.

The recipe was meticulously developed over two years.  Our careful selection of botanicals in the recipe, contain essential oils; it is the extraction of these oils in the presence of alcohol that gives Highclere Castle Gin its uniquely smooth flavour.

To begin the distillation process, the botanicals are carefully weighed out and added to the still, along with a charge of spirits made from English wheat. 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. The boiling process begins to turn the liquid into vapour which rises to the swan neck and water-cooled condenser, turning the vapour back into liquid. The distillation is separated out into three parts; heads, hearts and tails. It is only the heart section that is used in the Highclere gin-making process; this liquid holds the most subtle and refined of the aromas and flavours given off during the distillation.

The resulting high proof gin is blended with water to precisely 43.5% alcohol.  We discovered this exact proof lent itself to the maximum
expression and dimension of flavour.
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