Local craft gin producer Burleighs has launched a limited-edition gin created especially for the festive period, which uses an innovative and rare production process.
The Christmas gin, which has been created by head distiller Charlie Hendon using a selection of Burleighs signature botanicals alongside festive favourites including nutmeg, ginger, liquorice root, star anise and cloves, also features a full-bodied red wine.
In a process which steeps the botanicals in red wine to create a festive infusion before adding to the distillery’s copper-pot still Messy Bessy, this year’s Christmas edition gin is a new departure for Burleighs.
Burleighs’ head distiller, Charlie Hendon, said: “There are so many iconic flavours and ingredients that epitomise Christmas, so it was such an enjoyable experience using these as inspiration to create our new Christmas gin.
“Steeping the ingredients in red wine beforehand is a new process for us here at Burleighs, and is also a highly innovative method that is rarely used when distilling gin.
“However, it’s been the perfect way to infuse that unmistakable mulled wine aroma for that festive indulgence.”
Sam Watson, commercial director at Burleighs Gin, added: “With the countdown to Christmas truly on, we’re so pleased to be able to introduce our new 2021 Christmas gin.
“We wanted to make sure our festive gin was available with plenty of time before the big day as we knew it would make a brilliant gift this Christmas – not only for gin lovers but for those who enjoy trying something new.
“With a fantastic mix of ingredients to evoke this special time of year, we can’t wait for our customers to toast the festive celebrations with this new offering amongst friends and family.”
This is the second Christmas Gin created by Burleighs Gin since the company began in 2014 and is one of several new products launched by the local distiller this year – including its ready to drink gin and tonic cans and more recently, the National Forest Gin, which will provide a donation from every bottle sold to the National Forest itself.
For the perfect serve, Burleighs recommends accompanying the Christmas gin with premium tonic, fresh orange and a cinnamon stick.
The Burleighs Mulled Christmas Gin is now available for £40.00 plus delivery and can be purchased online via the official Burleighs Gin website.