Fifty Pounds Rare and Handcrafted London Dry Gin 70cl

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Country England
Spirit Type Gin
Brand Fifty Pounds Gin
Size 70cl
ABV 43.5%
Serving Suggestion Classic G&T: 60 ml Fifty Pounds Gin, 150 ml Fever Tree tonic, Lemon peel

A genuine English small batch distilled Gin where the careful selection and a perfect combination of its natural ingredients give this gin an exceptional smoothness.

 

The nose is full of juniper, spearmint and almond essence top notes with mixed citrus peel and star anise below. Rich and oily on the palate, very soft, and delivers a moderate burst of the flavours offered by the nose before quietly and quickly vanishing. The finish is clean, pure and faultless.

 

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.

Country Of Origin: England

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 Gin 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.

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.

The distiller, Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, has made use of the process used centuries ago, known as Batch Process Distillation, which is the purest and most efficient way of obtaining ‘the finest gin spirit’.

This is a delicate and painstaking process, involving the Master Distiller throwing away both the ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ of the distillate, selecting only the ‘heart’, right at the point when the taste and alcohol content are optimum. Then the spirit is thrice filtered, reducing any further impurities and achieving optimum smoothness.

The resulting distillate is left to settle for no less than three weeks, thus allowing the botanicals’ essentials oils to blend perfectly with the grain spirit.

The final step towards achieving the precious gin is to balance the distillate obtained with the same type of neutral alcohol, together with demineralised water, to achieve the perfect balance and alcohol content.

The resulting bottle-ready gin has an alcohol content of 43.5% – the ideal percentage for drinking – whether neat, with tonic, or in a dry martini. A higher alcohol content risks distorting the combinations and a lower percentage would rob the combinations of character.

 

A further key to this centuries-old recipe is in the combination of the grain spirit, distilled four times to guarantee its purity, with the perfect proportion of botanicals used in each distillation.

The botanicals, from four different continents, have been bespoke-selected by the plant expert, depending on the season, always choosing the highest quality plants at all times, from wherever they are sourced.  Some of the botanicals used in the fabrication of Fifty Pounds:

Juniper Berries from the hills of Croatia, Coriander Seed from the Middle East, Grains of Paradise from the Gulf of Guinea, Western Africa: a rare, hard to source variety, imparting subtle, peppery flavour with hints of lavender.  Also Savory from the South of France, Orange & Lemon Peel from the East of and Southern Spain respectively, Liquorice from Calabria, southern Italy, and Angelica Root from Western Europe.

 

Country Of Origin: England

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