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Introducing our very own Gin

As many will know, we’ve had our own label Burgundies, produced for us by Olivier Leflaive via the inimitable Corney & Barrow, for a number of years – but we’ve never made a gin before. However, when we first started working with the team at Corner 53 Distillery, a small, artisanal distillery based in Clanfield in Hampshire, it was clear we had found a like-minded partner for all things gin related.

We put their creative talents to the test to devise a gin that represents some of the key flavours of Bel & the Dragon – for example, using pink peppercorns (more commonly seen garnishing our Squid dish), fresh apples and pears (the perfect accompaniment to Suckling Pig), and fresh basil hand-harvested from our kitchen gardens. Why? Because we love to be able to offer produce and experiences only available inside our doors – and, because let’s face it, we’re just as much in love with gin as everyone else.

We love it, and we hope you will too.

Tasting Notes: smooth, citrus-led with a warming heat from pink peppercorn, a roundness from Meon Valley honey and a delightfully fresh basil finish.

The Perfect Serve: It’s crying out for a large serving in a big glass, topped with a Mediterranean-style tonic and garnished with fresh basil & lemon.

Botanicals

Hand Cracked Juniper, Orris, Almond, Pink Peppercorn, Cox’s Pippin Apple, Conference Pear, Lemon, Meon Valley Honey, Basil.

Producer

Corner 53 is a unconventional “New Age” distillery based in Clanfield, Hampshire started by ex-cocktail bartender Tom Rudman

Production Method

Distilled using Corner 53’s two copper stills Rosie and Angus in the garden of founder Tom’s house.

The Bel 75

A riff on the French 75 - Shake Bel & The Dragon Gin, with lemon juice and gomme, pour into a flute and top with Bel & The Dragon Blanc de Blancs.

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