You know I love my gin and I really love to support local brands and producers so I was super excited when I found out that 45 West Distillers were launching a brand new Leicestershire ‘Burleigh’s Gin‘.
The guy behind it all is a man called Jamie Baxter, world renowned master distiller famous for creating the original Chase Vodka recipe and the City Of London Distillery. Jamie has now joined forces with three others to produce Burleighs London Dry Gin, putting Leicestershire firmly on the drinks map.
After forming in October 2013, 45 West Distillers set out to create a distillery that would produce super premium aspirational branded products. Including branding and product development it has taken just 8 months to complete the craft distillery that has been installed on a rural Leicestershire farm and on 24th June, started to produce what is set to be the UK’s number one artisan gin brand.
Leicestershire is known for its picturesque countryside and the 45 West Distillery is nestled in the majestic Charnwood Forest, adjacent to a natural woodland reserve, Burleigh Wood. While walking through the wood, Jamie came across silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris. Enthused by his find, these botanicals went on to inspire the first recipe and it seemed only fitting that this ancient Leicestershire woodland site also gave the gin its name!
Master Distiller, Jamie Baxter, 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”
Burleigh’s London Dry Gin is available in Signature, Export Strength and Distiller’s Cut.
I’ll be visiting the distillery soon for a tour and a walk around so look out for my follow up post soon! In the mean time, check out their website for more information: www.burleighsgin.com