Sunderland gin captures the taste of British Summer

Sunderland gin captures the taste of British Summer

North East distillery, Poetic License, has bottled the taste of strawberries and cream in their new Picnic Gin, created just in time for summer.

The independent, small batch business, based at the Best Western Roker Hotel, Sunderland, has spent six months perfecting the seasonal recipe, which is believed to be the first of its kind on general sale.

The gin combines traditional botanicals, including juniper and coriander, with a mix of real strawberries and cream that are both distilled and infused for a stronger, fruitier taste.

Poetic License Strawberries and Cream Picnic Gin, best served with a premium elderflower tonic water or lemonade and mixed fruit, is being produced in a limited-run only and sold, subject to availability, from late May. 

Distiller Luke Smith said: “Many flavoured gins are either distilled or infused but ours uses both processes to pack as big a punch as possible. 

“After months of experimenting we have now found the perfect combination and hope Poetic License Strawberries and Cream Picnic Gin will soon find its way into picnic baskets across the UK.”

Poetic License, which launched in late 2015, currently produces two award-winning gins and one vodka, all using its own still which is on public display at the Best Western Roker Hotel’s Poetic License bar. 

The Strawberries and Cream Picnic Gin (37.5%) is the first in a series of limited-run offerings being temporarily added to the brand’s core range, which currently includes Old Tom Gin, Northern Dry Gin and Graceful Vodka.                                                   

It will be available to buy online at poeticlicensedistillery.co.uk and from the reception at the Best Western Roker Hotel, priced at £32.50 per bottle, while limited stocks last. 

It will also be served, subject to availability, in the usual measures at Poetic License stockists around the UK, including all sites owned by Tavistock Hospitality Ltd across the North East.