After 200 years in the business and six generations at the still, W H Palmer is distilling royalty. As it enters its third century, the family behind more than 300 stock gin recipes is launching a commemorative London Dry.
Palmers London Dry will doubtless show all those years of distilling knowledge and it’ll available to taste at Imbibe Live, stand E96. You can expect classic botanicals such as juniper, coriander, angelica, cassia, liquorice, orris and grapefruit.
Fun fact: the London Dry is produced in the family’s copper pot still named Angela, which was built in 1903, and is distilled following traditional gin distillation methods. The botanicals have been steeped overnight in 100% English wheat spirit while being warmed, allowing the botanicals to release their essential oils.
‘The resulting gin has juniper in abundance on the nose blended with hints of coriander seed and a subtle dryness complemented by an edge of sweetness from orris,’ Rob Dorsett, master distiller said.
‘On the palate there are spice and citrus notes from the cassia bark and grapefruit, while the juniper lingers into the dryness of angelica finishing with further citrus notes. Palmers London Dry Gin clean, fresh and lightly balanced with pleasant citrus and dry notes in the background.’
Great, great, great granddaughter of founder William Henry Palmer, Natalie Wallis, said the gin has been named after his grandmother, Angela Palmer, who was a big gin lover and a real character in the family. If you’re after a signature serve, try Pink Gin: served with Angostura and soda – it was one of Angela’s favourites.