The City of London has a rich gin history. During the Gin Craze in the 18th century there was a gin distillery or gin shop in every street in the City benefiting from the spices and citrus fruits coming in to the port of London. The Gin Craze was ended, very few gin distilleries survived, and for nearly 200 years there wasn’t a single gin distillery in the City. Over these 200 years gin distilling techniques improved, and gin became more refined with more subtle flavours. Gin was big business and London Dry Gin became the most popular type of gin. Then came the next gin revolution with the advent of the small-batch micro-distilleries, like us, bringing variety, interest and experimentation; new botanicals, new combinations, new gins. The City of London Distillery opened on 20th December 2012 inside Jonathan Clark’s cocktail bar in Bride Lane, within the City of London. Our first gin, loyal to our roots, was a classic London Dry Gin – followed soon after by our celebration of the City of London – Square Mile gin. Since then we’ve added more gin to our range.
More herbaceous with a large dose of coriander seed. The Square Mile Gin to be the smoothest, while the final botanical recipe remains undisclosed, we think that the herbal note, so prominent to taste and a favoured ingredient by Maxwell (and adding a delicious yet fresh taste) is the savory plant. Whatever it is, it helps make the gin’s flavour journey flow from one top note to the next and integrates well behind a prominent juniper on the finish.