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et a taste of Africa during your
next cocktail hour with Whitley
Neill Gin. This unique and
distinctive spirit might be crafted
here on our shores, but its heart
is most certainly in Africa.
John James Whitley Neill became
enamoured with this intriguing continent
long before creating his gin - not least
because of his wife's African heritage. It
was from her he learnt of the Tree of Life,
or Baobab, the iconic upside-down tree
of the African bushveld.
This unusual tree earned its name from
its ability to store vast amounts of water in
its trunk, to cope with its sometimes harsh
environment. In the face of this adversity,
it nevertheless produces delicious fruit.
The bright citrus pulp became a crucial
ingredient for Neill's gin, and became its
logo, featuring on every bottle.
But Africa had more to oer Neill in the
form of the bittersweet Cape Gooseberry,
or physalis, whose citrus notes add a
brightness and sharpness to the gin.
It's safe to say that neither of these
botanicals have featured in a gin before,
but they nevertheless combine ideally with
the gin's other ingredients - seven carefullychosen,
and somewhat more traditional
botanicals, from juniper to coriander seeds,
Whitley Neill Gin is an exotic spirit that's rooted in tradition. It's no wonder that it's made
a home for itself in some of London's �nest bars, and in some beautiful cocktails to boot
the tree oflifeangelica root and Florentine Iris.
There was no shortage of inspiration or
expertise for Neill to draw on when it came
to the traditional component of his gin. Neill
comes from a family steeped in gin-distilling
history, with a direct line, eight generations
before him, to Thomas Greenall, founder of
famous gin producer Greenall's. Not only that,
but he was born half a mile from Warrington,
home to Greenall's distillery to this day.
Neill was destined to create a great gin, and
Whitley Neill Gin is proof of his success in this
regard. His creation is distinctive, and a tting
tribute to the continent that has inspired it. It
is soft and generous, complemented by fresh
citrus and a spicy, fragrant freshness, all lifted
by a racy peppery note.
It's no surprise that Whitley Neill does such
great service in a classic GT or Martini, or
that a number of top London bars have been
using it to great eect. The knowledge, the
passion, and the inimitable heart of Africa all
combine together seamlessly in every drink.
Where to try it
Whether you're enjoying the glamorous
setting of the Bassoon Bar at the Corinthia
Hotel, or having a party at The Big Chill
House in King's Cross, you'll nd Whitley
Neill in an array of dierent cocktails.
In Hoxley Porter, the Cape-to-Cairo
themed time capsule on Upper Street,
you'll nd the andricia, a cocktail that truly
embraces Whitley Neill's African heritage. It
matches the gin with date-infused gomme
syrup and cashew bitters, lifted by some
lemon juice and egg white, and nished o
with a Cape gooseberry.
'I wanted to capture the taste of Africa and
complement the baobab and physalis fruits,
not overpower them,' says the drink's creator,
Bianca Hepworth. 'That's why I have gone for
dried fruits and nuts which are soft avours
and really bring out the warm fruitiness of
the gin, but remain refreshing. Totally what
I would want to drink on an African evening!'
Over at Victorian drinking den Powder
TRY THIS AT HOME
Garnish: Mint and grapefruit
Method: Pour ingredients over
ice and top with soda.
25ml Whitley Neill Gin
25ml Triple Sec
65ml orange juice
Gilbert Scott Bar