J.J. Whitley’s Gin, The Newbie In The Family
The Gins we’re bringing to you this month are the product of the eighth generation Master Distiller Johnny Neill – the creator of the delicious Whitley Neill Gin! 250 years of distilling experience should be enough to launch a new exceptional range, right? We have tried and tested them for you – the Elderflower and Nettle Gins won’t disappoint!
Everything started in 1762 when Thomas Greenall set up the first distillery. Since the 1800s, Constance the copper still has seen more botanicals and juniper berries than David Attenborough has seen in his lifetime of adventures.
Johnny grew up in a family which lived and breathed Gin for as long as he can remember. His fascination for this juniper based spirit was spurred on by his Grandmother, the owner of Greenall’s at the time. She guided him in his journey to understand how different botanicals affect the taste of Gin and fostered his ambition to produce his own blend later in life. His Father was a Director of the Greenall’s distillery and brewery, so he had the opportunity to observe and learn the incredibly valuable traditional methods he used to produce Whitley Neill Gin.
Johnny’s J.J. Whitley Gin is named after his great Grand Father who was the Managing Director at Greenall’s. His life inspired Johnny to go back to the roots and produce a very English Gin using the botanicals you’d find in a vicarage garden. Johnny’s creativity and drive to add new, innovative flavours brought him to spice up the traditional smooth and crisp London Dry Gin adding Elderflower and Nettle to produce two peculiar concoctions. The J.J. Whitley range was launched in mid 2016 to satisfy the demand for good quality spirits that are great in a G&T but also work perfectly as a base to mix in a variety of cocktails.
Tradition is at heart of J.J. Whitley production method. The classic London Dry Gin is modernized thanks the infusion of new, interesting flavours like Elderflower and Nettle!
J.J. Whitley Nettle Gin (Abv. 38.6%) is an earthy one, it tastes like a going for a walk in the woods right after the rain has stopped and the sun is shining again. It has an intriguing flavour that is not for everyone – complemented with the right tonic, notes of chopped basil, juniper, crushed coriander and a subtle flavour of citrus peel come through on the nose and palate.
J.J. Whitley Elderflower Gin (Abv. 38.6%) floral and sweet taste is reminiscent of a summer evening in the British Countryside watching the sun that is ready to set. Honey and cinnamon help to round up the sweetness and orange blossom gives that citrusy element that is characteristic of a great gin. We like to enjoy it on in its own on the rocks but it is delicious in a very well balanced G&T with lemon tonic.
J.J. Whitley also produces a classic London Dry Gin made with a variety of botanicals including coriander, liquorice and sweet citrus peel, a classic Vodka and a more adventurous rhubarb Vodka – worth a try!