Leading distiller creates new Leicestershire gin Burleighs

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A new London dry gin has been created in Leicestershire by one of the UK’s leading distillers with ambitions to become “the UK’s number-one artisan gin brand”.

Burleighs London Dry Gin has been developed by master distiller Jamie Baxter (pictured below) who has gained renown for his previous work creating spirits for Chase Distillery and City of London Distillery.

It has been launched by 45 West Distillers which is headed by Jamie with Phil Burley, Graham Veitch and Tim Prime. It is based on a farm in the Charnwood Forest, near to nature reserve Burleigh Wood.

Created using traditional artisan methods, the new gin is made with juniper and locally grown botanicals including silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris.

It is available in three styles: Signature, Export Strength and Distiller’s Cut. They will be premiered at Kibworth Cricket Club in Leicesteshire on July 5.

Production began on June 24 of what the owners say is “set to be the UK’s number-one artisan gin brand”.

Jamie said: “Artisan distilleries are playing a major part in the resurgence of interest in gin. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with many of them, and count most of the others as friends.

“The three variations of Burleighs Gin that we are releasing can be used in different ways to make some lovely drinks, from a simple, refreshing, summery G&T to sophisticated cocktails. I’m really very excited about the flavours that come from the botanicals that we found growing locally.”

Sister company Exigo Brewing & Distilling, which manages concept to completion solutions for the installation of breweries and distilleries, installed the distillery and will use the site as a showcase for others looking to do the same.

Through Exigo Brewing & Distilling, Jamie is also working with Barworks operations manager Alex Wolpert to develop East London Liquor Company in Victoria Park, London, which will produce gins, vodka and whisky.
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CORRECTION: In the July issue of Bar magazine, we mention Jamie’s plans for the new gin as part of our gin report but we accidentally referred to it as Burrough’s instead of Burleigh’s. We apologise for the mistake and confusion.

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