Royal Gins to Bet On

IT all started with the royal baby, then Harry and Meghan’s Windsor wedding and a flutter on the horses at Ascot. We are getting all royal and sophisticated these days so looked to gin to guide us back to common ground, once again.

Guests were welcomed with our Royal-Tea concoction – an infusion of Earl Grey and jasmine tea, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar syrup; a shot of Beefeater gin and topped up with soda water on the rocks.

We moved on to taste three magnificent gins with connections to the royal story.

Under starter’s orders and good to firm…

1.Edinburgh Gin 1670
(70cl, 43%)

A total of 12,000 bottles of Edinburgh Gin 1670 have been produced. Edinburgh Gin head distiller David Wilkinson worked with botanist Dr Greg Kenicer for more than 12 months to curate the expression, which is named in homage to the year that the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded as a physic garden; originally created as a source of botanicals for use in medicinal remedies by ground-breaking Edinburgh doctors, Robert Sibbald and Andrew Balfour.

The gin is made with 14 plants – six of which were picked from the gardens. However, due to the quantity needed to make the gin additional amounts were sourced from elsewhere.
The botanicals include fennel (seeds and leaves), sweet cicely, piper leaf, Tasmannia lanceolata leaf and Tasmanian mountain pepper.

Serve with premium light tonic, basil and strawberries.

Second in line…

2. Cambridge Dry Gin
(70cl, 42%)

A terrific gem of a gin from the Cambridge Distillery, made with Macedonian juniper and a selection of botanicals capturing the essence of all four seasons. Cambridge Dry Gin features blackcurrant leaf, lemon verbena, angelica seed, rose petals, violet petals and basil and rosemary from the distillery gardens.

Serve with premium tonic (elderflower or floral tonic), lemon verbena and lemon zest.

Photo finish…

3.City of London Christopher Wren Gin
(70cl, 45.3%)

A special edition from the City of London Distillery, created in collaboration with Tom Nichol, the retiring Tanqueray Master Distiller. The gin uses juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice and sweet orange and is named after Christopher Wren, who is of course best known for his work on St. Paul’s Cathedral (which has always featured on COLD’s gin labels). The new bottle shape takes inspiration from the cathedral dome, and also looks a bit like Tanqueray! Made in batches of 200 bottles. Proof that just a small number of botanicals (five, in this case) can produce a tremendous gin.

Serve with premium tonic, orange zest and coriander.