Raisthorpe Manor has started using water from the ‘Gypsey Race’, a chalk stream that runs under the Manor gardens, for the company’s first ever Raisthorpe Distilled Dry Gin (40% abv) and Raisthorpe Oak-Aged Dry Gin (42% abv).
The water is steeped with fresh botanicals before being distilled in the traditional way by Master Distillers, with watercress – once farmed around the Gypsey Race floodplains 100 years ago – added to the Raisthorpe Distilled Dry Gin to give it a unique peppery finish.
The Raisthorpe Oak-Aged Dry Gin is rested in whisky barrels to give it a smooth, mellow flavour with a hint of vanilla and spice.
Julia Medforth from Raisthorpe Manor said: "Our two new gins have been two years in development, and we are thrilled to see them finally come to fruition."
The drinks company is already known for its fruit gin liqueurs, including a Damson Port, which won three Gold Stars in the Great Taste Awards in 2014.
Medforth added: "It was a natural progression for us to add a gin to our portfolio of award-winning liqueurs and fruit vodkas and we had growing demands from customers to add a gin to our range.
"Like all our products, local and fresh ingredients are the key and it’s wonderful to be using water from the Yorkshire Wolds and watercress to give the drinks that special Raisthorpe touch. A sophisticated twist on a gin and tonic."
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