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In a world first for Manchester, a new small batch gin has launched in Manchester. Thomas Dakin Gin is a classic style juniper- led gin, whose namesake created the world’s first quality English gin and founded the world’s oldest gin distillers in 1761.

This new gin, named in honour of Thomas Dakin, the young gin innovator, has been created by Master Distiller Joanne Moore and is distilled in a baby pot still, using a secret recipe of eleven botanicals including juniper, orange peel and English coriander, with the unique addition of red cole*,a root botanical used in the 18th Century and known today as horseradish.

David Hume, from Thomas Dakin Distillers says: “Today we are launching a great tasting classic style gin with a twist and taking inspiration from Thomas Dakin, a young entrepreneur from 18th century northern England whose inventive and enlightened outlook paved the way for gin as we know it today.

“We are delighted to be launching in Manchester as this is where we will build a new distillery to distil Thomas Dakin Gin. Watch this space for details on our exciting plans,” he said.

Master Distiller, Joanne Moore, adds: “We have created a delicious small batch gin which is juniper-led, with sweet orange and citrus notes on the palate and a smooth, savoury finish thanks to the cubebs and red cole.”

Thomas Dakin Gin comes in a square, gun metal grey bottle featuring heavy embossing on the glass and on the distinctive red label which, in line with 18th century packaging, includes detailed text on Thomas Dakin and the gin inside the bottle.

Whilst currently distilled by G&J Distillers in Warrington, Cheshire, close to where Thomas Dakin distilled his original gin, Thomas Dakin Gin will be distilled in Manchester when the new distillery is built. Thomas Dakin Gin and G&J Distillers are owned by the Quintessential Brands Group.

Thomas Dakin Gin is available in Harvey Nichols Manchester and will roll out to their stores nationwide. It is also available in Booths and fine bars and restaurants in Manchester and throughout the UK.

RRP £29.00 for 70cl ABV 42%

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