Inspired by Africa, handcrafted in England: Whitley Neill Gin

Inspired by Africa and handcrafted in England, Whitley Neill Gin combines an unusual bunch of botanicals, including the carefully selected, rare Cape Gooseberries and Baobob fruit. Its other more traditional botanicals such as juniper, coriander, lemon and orange peel result in a well-balanced, smooth gin.

As a descendant of Thomas Greenall, bringing together eight generations of expertise, a life-long love of adventure and the art of careful blending, Johnny Neil’s passion for distilling comes naturally.

Under his grandmother’s expert guidance, his fascination with gin making began; he learnt quickly that infusing the sharpness of juniper with a variety of other flavours and aromas, resulted in the changing taste of gin.

The Gins

Distilled near Birmingham, this multi award winning gin is made from a 100% grain spirit, steeped with its chosen botanicals prior to being distilled. Johnny experimented with distilling the tart fruit pulp of the Baobab tree to release a distinctive citrus flavour, quite unlike any other. The Baobab, also known as the Tree of Life, can be seen as the gin’s logo. He also added Physalis Peruviana or Cape Gooseberry as it’s known in South Africa. The use of Baobab fruit and Cape Gooseberries bring an exotic touch to the palate, resulting in a gin with unusual dimension and character. The distillation process takes place in an antique copper-pot still, ‘Constance’, who is over 100 years old!

 

Tasting Notes

Whitley Neill

Bringing together a mix of innovative botanicals portrays the attitude of Johnny Neill, something that’s evident when tasting his gin. This is an exceptionally well balanced and smooth gin. Light and interesting, it is not juniper heavy nor is the citrus overpowering. The African fruits give Whitley Neill its exotic character, blending and balancing rare botanicals and unusual aromatics.

Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger

This gin is made following the same principles as the original kind. Strikingly smooth, the rhubarb brings a subtly tart crisp edge while the ginger comes through to warm the palate. The taste is rounded by the addition of orange and coriander that balance all the flavours.

Whitley Neill Quince

While on a voyage through Persia, Frederick Neill was surprised to discover quince fruits growing in the ancient mountains. The unmistakable sweet tang of Turkish quince, blended with a heady mix of Persian herbs and spices gives Whitley Neill Quince Gin its distinctive, alluring taste. A handcrafted gin of exceptional quality, the aroma of fresh stone fruits appears immediately, gently followed by hints of citrus zest.

 

The Serve

The Whitley Serve:
  • Ice
  • 1 part Whitley Neill Gin
  • 2 parts tonic – try a premium tonic such as Schweppes 1783
  • Orange slice to garnish

Make up this delicious, refreshing serve by adding ice to a large glass. Add the gin and top with tonic. Garnish with a slice of orange.

The Rhubarb and Ginger G&T:
  • Ice
  • 50ml of Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger Gin
  • 100ml of premium tonic. We recommendDouble Dutch Pomegranate and Basil Mixer
  • A sprig of rosemary or basil to garnish

Put lots of ice in a copa glass, add the gin and top with the tonic. Garnish and enjoy!

The Quince G&T:
  • Ice

  • 50ml of Whitley Neill Quince Gin
  • 100ml of premium tonic. We recommend London Essence Company’s classic tonic water.
  • A slice of cucumber and/or a sprig of mint.

Put lots of ice in a copa glass, add the gin and top with the tonic. Garnish and enjoy!

Read more about Whitley Neill on their website


Want to give Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger Gin a try? It’s in this month’s The Aphrodisiac box!

Then why not join the ILoveGin club where we send you a new box like the ones below for just £14/m inc free delivery, you’ll get 2 new gins and 2 tonic/mixers each month to try, enough to make 4 G&Ts plus discounts on full size bottles.

Limited Time Offer: Get your first box for just £9 including delivery, that’s £9 for 4 x G&Ts, use code: GINBLOG5OFF at checkout at ILoveGin.com/join

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  • lesley hellings January 23, 2018   Reply →

    when is box being delivered paid a week ago

    • Toby January 24, 2018   Reply →

      Hi Lesley,

      Members are charged on the 15th of each month, and boxes are shipped towards the end of each month (this month’s will be going in the post in the next couple of days).

      Your membership also includes access to member-only competitions and discounts on our shop.

      Hope you enjoy it when it arrives (it should be with you by the weekend)!
      Cheers,
      ~Toby

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