City of London Distillery launches gin with leading master distiller


Christopher Wren Gin

A new small-batch gin made with classic botanicals has been launched by the City of London Distillery in conjunction with world-leading distiller Tom Nichol.

Christopher Wren Gin combines the subtle flavours of juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice and sweet orange and is produced in copper stills at the distillery in Bride Lane off Fleet Street.

Jonathan Clark, who owns the distillery and bar, worked with Tom Nichol who was master distiller for Tanqueray gin until his retirement this summer. It is distilled in batches of 200 70cl bottles with ABV of 45.3%.

“Tom was top of the list to work with when we decided to create a new gin,” Jonathan said. “His expertise and knowledge is unrivalled, and together we explored a range of combinations of botanicals before landing on this superb recipe.”

Tom added: “With just five botanicals we have created a complex gin that balances quality and flavour and offers a gin that is quintessentially English with architecture as beautiful as St Paul’s itself.”

The gin is named after Sir Christopher Wren who designed many of the great buildings in the City of London including St Paul’s Cathedral and the nearby St Bride’s Church.

Jonathan said: “Every gin we produce here is made with passion, creativity and flair in our ‘Two Fat Ladies’, Clarissa and Jennifer. Clarissa plays host to Christopher in conjuring up the secrets of this artisan gin which shoots straight into the premium-quality ranks and will appeal to the most discerning gin connoisseur.”

The gin has debuted in retail at Harrods, selling for £42 per bottle.

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