Downton Distillery can be found in a Grade 1 listed barn, adjacent to Downton Manor. It was Sir Walter Raleigh’s first grace and favour property. The house was rebuilt using the ship’s timbers from one of Sir Walter Raleigh’s boats, when Queen Elizabeth 1 came to stay in 1586. One of these timbers can be found within the distillery. Explorer's Gin took over two years to create. Each batch has 100 bottles, which are all hand signed making this a true artisan small batch gin.
BACKBONE TO EXPLORER’S
Western Red Cedar providing a unique experience.
There are distinct and clear profiles. The citrus profile is quick to appear due to the grapefruit and orange, floral notes are given by verbena and angelica seed. A good nose will unearth the fresh mint notes caused by sichuan pepper. Its complex and subtle but what takes centre stage is the red cedar providing a mellow pine scent.
Juniper appears at the forefront this is quickly replaced by the bold bright citrus flavours, the spice of the pink and sichuan pepper provide the warmth with verbena adding the creamy textures. As the sichuan oils oxidise on your tongue it causes the mouth to cool providing the subtle mint notes which enhance the tail notes of fennel seed and liquorice providing the final flourish that lingers in the mouth.
Close your eyes and let your palate explore the subtle flavours, as Explorer's Gin enriches your senses. Being a London dry it will leave you wanting more. The combination of juniper, cedar, citrus and spice creates a gin where you will step back and go ‘wow that is different’.