Distilling pioneer inspires small-batch gin launched in Manchester


thomas dakin gin

A new small-batch gin created by a leading distiller has been launched in Manchester, inspired by the man credited with making the world’s first good-quality English gin.

Thomas Dakin Gin is made in a baby pot still using a secret recipe of 11 botanicals including juniper, orange peel, English coriander, cubeb, and “red cole” – a root used as a botanical in the 18th century and known today as horseradish. It has ABV of 42%.

It has been developed by Joanne Moore, master distiller for Quintessential Brands, which owns G&J Distillers in Warrington, Cheshire, where the new gin is made. Production will move to Manchester where a new distillery is being built.

It is named after pioneering distiller Thomas Dakin who founded the company in Warrington in 1761 that went on to become G&J Greenall and, more recently, G&J Distillers, maker of gins such as Greenall’s, Bloom, Berkeley Square and Opihr.

Thomas Dakin Gin comes in a square gun-metal-grey bottle featuring heavy embossing on the glass and on the distinctive red label which, in line with 18th-century packaging, includes detailed text on Thomas Dakin and the gin. It has a recommended price in retail of £29.

David Hume, director of artisan brands at Quintessential Brands, said: “Today we are launching a great-tasting classic-style gin with a twist and taking inspiration from Thomas Dakin, a young entrepreneur from 18th-century northern England whose inventive and enlightened outlook paved the way for gin as we know it today.

“We are delighted to be launching in Manchester as this is where we will build a new distillery to distil Thomas Dakin Gin. Watch this space for details on our exciting plans.”

Joanne, who has developed several other premium gins such as Bloom, added: “We have created a delicious small-batch gin which is juniper-led, with sweet orange and citrus notes on the palate and a smooth, savoury finish thanks to the cubebs and red cole.”

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