The team at the Warner Edwards distillery have never been keen resting on their laurels. Not long after the release of their award winning Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin, they were hard at work experimenting with other botanicals and flavour combinations. Sloe, elderflower and rhubarb gins followed, placing the Northamptonshire village of Harrington, and the converted barn in Tom Warner’s family farm that houses their distillery, firmly on the craft gin map!
Their latest distillation experiments have yielded extraordinary results with the new Warner Edwards Melissa Gin, the first in a series of limited edition botanical gins distilled with herbs, spices and flowers grown in the distillery’s botanical garden. The garden was originally planted by Tom Warner’s late mother Adèle and has provided the innovative Warner Edwards team with plentiful inspiration for different flavour combinations.
They have centred their inaugural release around the classic British garden herb, lemon balm, also known by its scientific Latin name, Melissa Officinalis, which gives this superb new gin its name. As well as lemon balm and juniper, Tom and the team have selected a range of different of botanicals (the identity of which is a closely guarded secret!) which were then distilled in their custom designed 500 litre copper pot still named Curiosity before bottling at a robust 43% ABV.
Melissa Gin wonderfully captures the aromas of the English countryside in full bloom. The classic notes of juniper pine complement the fresh herbs and citrus fruit flavours, overlaid with a touch of sweet menthol. To encourage gin enthusiasts to start growing their own botanical gardens, each bottle comes with a packet containing lemon balm seeds. If you can resist opening the bottle long enough to grow your lemon balm from seed to flower you can even use it as a garnish for a home-grown gin & tonic!
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