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Fifty Pounds Gin is a real throw back to the very first London dry gins – juniper laden and wonderful in tonic.
Fifty Pounds Gin is distilled in small quantities, and in single batches. The name comes from the time of George II and the 1736 Gin Act, when a 50 pound tax was levied on those wishing to produce and sell gin. Only two distilleries agreed to pay the tax!
Launched in 2010 and made at Thames distillery, Fifty Pounds Gin is made with a grain spirit base where the botanicals are steeped in this alcohol for at least two days, after which it is distilled. The exact botanical line is kept secret but thought to contain 11 in total. The first eight are relatively common – Juniper, angelica root, coriander, liquorice root, grains of paradise, lemon, orange rind and savoury. The three other botanicals are a fiercely kept secret!
Made in batches of around 1000 bottles at a time, Fifty Pounds Gin is a London Dry Gin through and through. At 43.5% the aroma is classic with lemon and piney juniper coming to the fore. To taste, Fifty Pounds Gin is more assertive – Juniper is followed by coriander, rounded citrus and angelica. With a long finish, the flavours carry well.
Producer website: www.fiftypoundsgin.co.uk
Bottle Size: 70cl