Wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has brought back its own-label gin that dates back over a century.
Berry Bros & Rudd London Dry Gin is based on a recipe reproduced from the company’s oldest remaining bottle from the 1950s using a vial of liquid shared with Thames Distillers. It has been released through its in-house distribution arm, Fields Morris & Verdin.
Originally created in 1909, the gin – branded Berrys’ Best Gin – ceased production four years ago. However, it had its admirers, including being cited as an example of superior British gin production in David Embury’s influential The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.
With botanicals led by juniper berries, coriander seeds, angelica root and winter savory, the nose hints at violet creams and a soft chalkiness while the palate is appealingly soft with a floral slant.
Berry Bros & Rudd chairman Lizzy Rudd said: “It is so exciting to see what was once a firm customer favourite brought back to life. We are seeing a real gin revival and we hope that people will enjoy the heritage and history around the Berry Bros & Rudd London Dry Gin.
“It’s a complex, well balanced gin with a wonderful combination of botanicals and flavours such as the not-often-seen winter savory, which creates an exceptional gin and tonic.”
Distiller Charles Maxwell, director at Thames Distillers in south London, added: “Thames Distillers was delighted to be commissioned by Berry Bros & Rudd to distil a modern-day version of Berrys’ Best Gin.
“It was a fascinating challenge to build a recipe with just a small sample of the 1950s gin as a reference. We are very pleased to have made a product which has been passed as being up to Berrys’ renowned high standards and a match to the historic gin.”