Highclere Castle, in Hampshire, is best known for being the the location of ITV’s hit show Downton Abbey.
The stunning 5000 acre estate has provided the backdrop to the show which has millions of loyal fans.
Now the occupants, The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, have unveiled a brand new gin distilled at the family seat.
“Highclere Castle has been renowned for its entertaining and house parties with gin and cocktails featuring through years,” said the Countess of Carnarvon.
Highclere Castle Gin has the provenance and prestige you would expect from a gin distilled on the historic site that serves as the home of the super-classy Downton Abbey.
The Earl and Countess went back through the family archives, discovering that the family used to drink gin cocktails ‘the Highclere Way’ in the early 1900s.
The fashion then was to use orange peel and a sprig of rosemary. The couple have incorporated these historical botanicals into the new gin, alongside home-grown lavander.
The juniper used in the gin has grown on the estate since the Iron Age. Acclaimed estate grown oats have also been integrated into the blend.
The gin is distilled above an ancient underground water source, in what is believed to be England’s oldest gin distillery.
As you would expect with a gin associated with Downton, it’s branded as a super-premium London Dry Gin.
The new release comes just in time for the premiere of the new Downtown Abbey film, released in cinemas later this summer.
What better way to get in the mood for the film release than to have a few G&Ts from Downton’s very own gin!
Highclere Castle Gin will be made available to independent retailers on 18 June, priced at £39.99 per bottle.
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