Botan­i­cal magic

WORLD GIN DAY IS ON 10TH JUNE. CEL­E­BRATE IT WITH A TASTE OF THE BRI­TISH COUN­TRY­SIDE

The Simple Things - - LIVING | WISDOM -

The craft spir­its range by J. J. Whitley owes much of its in­spi­ra­tion to the Bri­tish coun­try­side. Its lov­ingly crafted gins en­cap­su­late the many nat­u­ral flavours and aro­mas found in ru­ral Eng­land. The brand is steeped in Bri­tish­ness, too – orig­i­nat­ing with the Whitley fam­ily of dis­tillers, who be­gan pro­duc­ing spir­its in ru­ral Cheshire in 1762. You can trace the fam­ily’s legacy right up to the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion: Johnny Whitley Neill is the man be­hind prized mod­ern spirit, Whitley Neill Gin.

Other mem­bers of the fam­ily in­clude J. J. Whitley London Dry Gin. This fra­grant blend of eight botan­i­cals – which makes a won­der­ful G&T (see op­po­site) – con­tains liquorice, co­rian­der seed and sweet cit­rus peel, with notes of ju­niper, spice and Parma vi­o­lets. A fit­ting sea­sonal blend – es­pe­cially for June, with its frothy white blooms all around – J. J. Whitley El­der­flower Gin is made with real el­der­flower ex­tract and hints of cin­na­mon, while ju­niper and co­rian­der seed help to cre­ate a fresh, flo­ral bou­quet.

The craft dis­tillers also make vodka: J. J. Whitley Potato Vodka and J. J. Whitley Rhubarb Vodka (above left) give the Rus­sian drink a ru­ral Bri­tish makeover.

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