It was a great start to my weekend, receiving this beautiful bottle of Beckett’s London Dry Gin Type 1097.
Beckett’s is named after its creator, Neil Beckett, who is the founder of Kingston Distillers. The London Dry Gin Type 1097, named after its recipe number, launched in 2014 and is distilled and bottled in London With Juniper on a steep decline in England, Beckett undertook a long-term conservation project in 2014 with the National Trust and National England, to achieve a continuous supply of young English Juniper saplings to plant in England. Every Autumn some Juniper produced is picked for Gin production and some are picked for conservation work. There are six botanicals used throughout the Gin range: Juniper berries that are hand-picked from Box Hill in Surrey, Moroccan lime, coriander, Spanish sweet orange peel, Italian orris root and mint grown in Kingston upon Thames I enjoyed the perfect service which is a G&T, a good tonic with plenty of ice and a sprig of mint. To taste, there are mellow citrus flavours with bursts of mint. Rather than being dominant, the mint is complementary to the other five botanicals, leading to a smooth, refreshing and crisp serve with mint and citrus lingering, whilst still being Juniper forward I also created a couple of the cocktails from Beckett’s website. The ‘Southside’ cocktail with sugar syrup, lime juice and mint, garnished with a sprig of mint, is tart and sweet and easily sippable. The ‘Southwest side’ with apple juice, sugar syrup and mint, garnished with apple and mint, is refreshing with the sweetness of the apple balancing well with the mint and is perfect for summer days. Will definitely have to try it in a Gin Mojito. I really do enjoy a Gin with citrus notes and this is a fantastic one, with the addition of mint making it extra special. I am eager to try the other Gin’s in the range which include a Sloe Gin, sloes seeped in Type 1097 and Spirited Gin, a bold Gin with a higher proof.