The heart of Africa ~ "DISTILLED"
WHITLEY NEILL is a handcrafted gin of exceptional quality inspired by the vivid beauty and mystery of Africa, and a never-ending drive for perfection.
Distilled in small batches by Johnny Neill, a direct descendant of Thomas Greenall and the last in a long line of distillers, WHITLEY NEILL GIN brings together 8 generations of expertise and a life-long love of adventure.
The result is an inimitable, award-winning gin that skilfully blends & balances rare African botanicals and unusual aromatics, to create an enigmatic experience to savour.
WHITLEY NEILL GIN is slightly softer than more traditional gins and very smooth with rich juniper and citrus, pot pourri and exotic spices. The finish is a long one with a subtle fade of herbs, cocoa and candied lemon peels, while the nose is both citrusy sweet and peppery, with a distinctive floral aroma. Suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
"My first experience of gin was discovering the collection of bottles sitting under the stairs at my Grandmother's house, all graced with the Greennall Whitley family name. Being inquisitive, I was eager to learn more about this mysterious liquid that my family had been distilling since 1762.
My fascination with gin and its complex distillation process had begun; and under my Grandmother's expert guidance, I learnt how, by simply infusing the crisp sharpness of juniper berries with a variety of other flavours & aromas, the taste could change dramatically. And for me that was the attraction. I was like an alchemist and from that moment onwards, I was driven to create a blend of gin that captured my family's passion and something altogether more exotic , enigmatic and mystweious.
I'd become intrigued by Africa over the years, mainly due to the evocative tales told to me by my wife, who is from Africa. She spoke fondly of the African Baobab Tree, which is known as the 'Tree of Life' due to its capability of storing water in its wide trunk.
I distilled the tart fruit pulp to release a distinctive citrus flavour, quite unlike any other. And to reflect the role the Baobab tree played in the creation of Whitley Neill Gin, I decided to make its distinctive roots-up silhouette the symbol of our brand
My next botanical was the Physalis Peruviana or Cape Gooseberry as it's known in South Africa. These flavoursome bitter-sweet berries added a whole new dimension to the aroma. I then took 6 other carefully selected botanicals to create my secret recipe, but that's a whole different story...I carried out this process in very small batches inside 'Constance', our 100 year old copper pot still.
And from this unique blend of botanicals, African inspiration and slow, deliberate distillation, WHITLEY NEILL GIN was born.
Whitley Neill Gin is created using the one shot method, according to the ‘London Dry’ standard
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ABV 42% by volume 70cl bottle
PER BOTTLE £24.95 (inc VAT)