Thames Ditton GIN
Made in the traditional London Dry Style, like all good gins our base canvas is juniper which all gins contain giving it its predominant flavour. From its early origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved from being a herbal medicine in to a much loved addition to our drinks cabinets. Based on the Dutch drink, jenever, it became popular in the UK and particularly in London, when William of Orange, leader of the Dutch Republic, became King William III, residing at Hampton Court Palace.
Thames Ditton Gin contains the aromatic and medicinal properties of costmary combined with the fragrant qualities of lemon thyme, which are perfectly matched with blood orange to give Thames Ditton Gin it’s unique flavour. Inspired by Hampton Court Kitchen Garden, both of these medieval herbs are still grown there.
The blood orange is a variety of orange with crimson, almost blood-colored flesh. They have a unique flavour compared to other oranges, being distinctly raspberry-like in addition to the usual citrus notes. In acknowledgement of William III, the Dutch King William of Orange we have included blood orange as our signature citrus note to accentuate our botanicals. We recommend a shave of blood orange peel served as a garnish.
Lemon thyme , as the name suggests, is a lemon-scented evergreen perennial. The leaves are used as a herb to flavour cooking, raw in salads, or in herbal teas. Medicinal uses extend in to using the leaves for essential oils in: antiseptics, asthma and respiratory aromatherapy, deodorants, and disinfectants. It has a soft herbal thyme flavour along with a subtle essence of lemon, all without any of the bitterness sometimes found in regular thyme. It is grown locally in the Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court Palace and is a fitting addition to our botanical mix.
Costmary is a perennial with oval serrated leaves which during summer months displays small yellow button shaped blossoms. It was used in medieval times as a place marker in Bibles. Drowsy worshippers sniffed or nibbled the fragrant balsamy leaves to revive themselves during long (read boring) sermons. Young fresh leaves add a minty flavor to fruit, salad, iced tea, and punch, or can be added to soup, stew, or roasted meat for a more lemony taste. The English name 'costmary' stems from costus of Saint Mary and it is often associated with the Virgin Mary. Also grown locally at the Palace Kitchen Garden it is a fitting addition to our botanical mix.
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