A perennial classic, Gin has fizzed into the spotlight in recent years.At the Hundred House we have joyfully embraced the exciting flavours that have developed through the focus on carefully crafted gins, that draw inspiration from traditional knowledge of spicing and aromatics. Whilst I talk a great deal about our wonderful food and gorgeous gardens, it really is time our fabulous range of drinks were placed in the spotlight and where better to start than with gin!
Whilst we are all familiar with classic brands that give us a cheery lift when we hear the clink of ice and feel the tickle of fizzy tonic on a summers day, the delights of small batch gin are what excite us at the Hundred House. By carefully selecting specific botanicals, gin makers create a unique range of flavours, which are enhanced by choice of tonic. It’s fabulous to help our guests find their ideal blend, and it’s always fun journey.
One of our most exciting suppliers is Whitley Neill. A descendant of the legendary Greenalls brewing family, Johnny Neill has used his knowledge to create a unique range of gin that fit beautifully with our values of fine flavour and innovation married with knowledge gleaned from family tradition. Blending familiar botanicals with more unique flavour of Baobab the Whitley Neill brand is a vibrant addition to our range of gin.
What can I taste ? All about botanicals
Juniper – this is the classic “gin” flavour that gives gin it’s bittersweet flavour.
Florentine Iris – Hailing from Italy, this imparts a soft fragrance that balances citrus notes and adds sweetness
Cassia Bark – a cousin of familiar cinammon, Cassia bark brings warmth to the aroma
Andalucian Lemon and Orange – zingy citrus notes balance the spice and lift the aromas, similar to the impact of a gremolata.
Baobab – fruit of the African Baobab tree and the signature botanical of Whitley Neill, this brings a grapefruit softness to the gin, creating a truly unique drink.
Our flavoured gins give a new dimension, elderflower is a familiar summery delight, with a heady perfume and floral finish while our unusual nettle gin gives a herbal hit that is perfect to enjoy surrounded by the fragrance of herbs from our gardens.
The flavour of gin is further refined by the addition of tonic. Lamb and Watt tonics blend pure water from the Lake District with a range of herbs and florals to make your favourite gin sing a unique tune. When we found out their Basil tonic had been voted “best for 2018” by the Craft Gin Club we had to try it. The basil brings a sweet-savoury sweet note that works beautifully with a gin such as Hendricks, with it’s distinctive Mediterranean nuance, always intensified by the classic cucumber garnish. Or perhaps a bouncy Hibiscus to lend a tonic mysterious sweetness to the simplest gin is more appealing ? Where you have a more complex gin, or one with a strong flavour, such as J.J. Whitley’s Nettle Gin, the clarity of a classic tonic enhances without dominating the precisely crafted balance of flavour.
And if all this choice is a little overwhelming, we still offer the classic pairing of Gordon’s and Schweppes !