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Marylebone Gin, 70 cl

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Yet Johnny didn’t start out as a distiller. He worked in finance, before leaving that all behind and crafting the original Whitley Neill London Dry Gin, the Whitley Neill range of spirits, and then launching the JJ Whitley range – in reference to his great grandfather. Marylebone is accessible via public transport with the Marylebone Station, Edgware Road, Baker Street, Great Portland Street, and Bond Street serving as close local stations. So what did I think of my flirtation with a miniature of Mary Le Bone? A pleasing aroma of chamomile, lemon balm and lime; but with a lingering spicy finish of coriander and cloves balancing sweet orange peel. Cassia bark provides the warmth, which would make this a lovely treat on a cold winter’s day.

Palate: Rolled oats, hazelnut spread, floral honey and chocolate bourbon biscuits initially with grassy malt, lime peel and drying spice. I freely admit to being a geek. Working in science it kind of goes with the territory – sure my physics is absolutely rubbish (no really), but actually my chemistry is OK, and my biology is pretty good. When it comes to gin, all of the above can come in handy if you really want to get in depth. Understanding not only how it’s made, but it’s action on the body (taking you from yum! to heyyyy drunky!), and the physiology and psychology of how we taste. Halewood subsidiary The Pleasure GardensDistillingCompany created the new Centenary Edition gin with lemon balm and sweet orange. The bottle design features the RAF Clubs logo.Entry fees may have kept out the real wrong’uns, but pleasure gardens remained one of the most accessible and exciting activities of the era. At just a shilling, entry to the Cremorne Pleasure Gardens in Chelsea was a steal, giving you access to elaborate fountains, a theatre where ballets and burlesques alike were performed, a fairy bower and a banqueting hall. MoM: You’re one of the leading producers of flavoured gin. Why was this a category that interested you? In this Georgian era, gin was very much the drink of choice for Londoners – albeit, the spirit was a bit rougher than what we drink today,” he says. “So making a gin really seemed like the natural thing for me to do.”

Expect plenty of mezcal, tequila, and small plates to keep you going throughout the evening. Cool Bars in Marylebone: Practical Tips He says, “The pleasure gardens gave me the inspiration to explore botanicals that are a little more floral in their outlook – chamomile, lemon balm and lime flower, with a hint of grapefruit to deliver a lovely, fresh, citrus-y zing.” We're delighted to announce that we have a brand new Club Gin, and what could be a better gift in time for Christmas?And then I’ve got a little limited edition I’m doing for the hotel as well. So 108 Bar and Brasserie is part of the Marylebone Hotel where the still is housed, and it’s part of an Irish hotel group called Doyle Collection. So we’ve got an extra Irish botanical going into a new recipe for them, and just 108 bottles will be created. The hotel has an off-licence and the bottles will be sold behind the bar. We hope it will be the first of many batches, but we shall see how we go. Yeah, let’s give it a go. Let’s try something different. Isn’t that the whole fun of it? Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but sometimes you hit the right spot, and I think the Marylebone does – and I think the fact that we’re not diluting the flavours as much as well by having it overproof, but it’s still quite delicate as well works. It’s got a robustness underneath that let it shines through.

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