Fifty Pounds Gin, London Dry Gin, London
When William of Orange prohibited the importing of alcohol to England in the early Eighteenth Century, so began the production and consumption of (domestic) English gin by huge numbers of distillers, the majority being of dubious quality.
Its popularity was such, especially that gin was distilled and sold in one fifth of all London homes. This excessive and uncontrolled consumption provoked a rapid degradation of society, a period given the name the Gin Craze.
In trying to curb this ‘social evil’, the 1736 Gin Act was introduced during the reign of George II, whereby an annual levy of £50 was imposed on those wishing to produce and sell gin. After six years, just two distilleries had agreed to pay this tax.
Shortly after the Gin Act 1736 a family of independent London Distillers came up with an original gin recipe, known ironically amongst themselves as ‘Fifty Pounds’ in honour of the in Act levy, which was characterised by its particular smoothness and flavour. The recipe remained hidden for generations, until the descendants of those pioneering master distillers rescued it from oblivion and re-discovered its extraordinary qualities.
The specialist traditional methods employed in the creation of this superior gin means that production is limited, obtaining approximately one thousand bottles from each batch.
Each bottle of Fifty Pounds Gin is presented in an exclusive bottle, with a design inspired by the first gin bottles, known as case gin. Each bottle bears the individual distillation batch number, together with the year that it was distilled.
Fifty Pounds Gin is produced in a small and legendary distillery located in the south-east of London, with a tradition of more than two centuries behind it. The method is carried out in a still manufactured by the legendary John Dore & Co Limited, in which a perfectly balanced, secret combination of herbs, spices, fruits and flowers, together with grain spirit (a neutral alcohol, previously distilled four times to achieve a greater purity) is distilled.
This Gin has lifted juniper, spearmint and almond essence notes with mixed citrus peel and star anise. On the palate it is rich and oily, very soft, and delivers a moderate burst of the flavours offered by the nose before quietly and quickly vanishing. The spirit is clean, pure and faultless.
Gift pack includes 2 Gin Glasses and a bottle. Limited availability.