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