Pernod Ricard-owned Plymouth Gin has launched Mr King’s 1842 Recipe, a limited edition expression with just two botanicals: orris root and juniper.
The new spirit has been crafted by Plymouth’s master distiller Sean Harrison using a recipe from 1842, found at the Plymouth Black Friars Distillery, thought to be England’s oldest gin distillery.
To create the expression, Plymouth sourced juniper from a single hillside in Frontignano, Italy. The location was chosen after the team uncovered the original sales record that linked the purchase of juniper to the renowned Italian region over 170 years ago.
Sean said: “Mr King’s 1842 Recipe is a truly one-off craft gin that we will never be able to recreate again. Even if we were to visit the same Italian hillside next year, the climate and harvest conditions would affect the juniper resulting in a different taste profile.
“At a time when other brands are using many different botanicals throughout the distillation process, Mr King’s 1842 Recipe focuses on just two and the result is something very special. It’s an honour to bring Mr King’s gin into the 21st century.”
Only 2,000 cases of Mr King’s 1842 Recipe are being produced. The launch presents the first edition in a series of craft gins that celebrate the spirit of exploration