Africa has been a source of inspiration & wonder for thousands of years and nowhere on earth comes close for variety, vivid beauty or mystery. So when it came to creating a gin with a distinctive character like Whitley Neill, Johnny Neill stepped off the beaten track into the beating heart of Africa and went in search of botanicals that would capture the essence of this unique continent.
Fragrant Coriander seeds from Russia impart a gingery, peppery overtone and add to the citrusy nose of the gin.
This intriguing berry grows wild in many locations in the African tropics. The bitter-sweet, juicy berries lend a golden hue to our gin and impart a sharp, pleasantly appetising citrus flavour.
Known in its native South Africa as the 'tree of life', the distinctive Baobab tree can hold up to 120,000 litres of water in its trunk. However, it is the tree's vibrant citrus pulp that brought it to Johnny Neill's attention and made it Whitley Neill's signature botanical. With 6 times more vitamin C than an orange and a soft, 'grapefruit-like' taste, it adds an unmistakable burst of flavour. In the African Savannah, locals often steep it in water or milk to create Baobab lemonade. Johnny used the same simple principle to bring a fresh new dimension to Whitley Neill gin.
Sourced from Andalucia in Spain, crisp, fresh lemon peel gives the gin an invigorating citrusy nose, helping to balance the spiciness of the coriander and lift the aromas of the other botanicals.
Sourced from Andalucia in Spain, crisp, fresh orange peel gives the gin an invigorating citrusy nose, helping to balance the spiciness of the coriander and lift the aromas of the other botanicals.
Angelica root is found in France and is an important part of the flavour. It complements and binds the other botanicals and gives Whitley Neill gin its distinctive smooth, 'dry' finish on the palate.
A more ancient sibling of cinnamon, our Cassia bark is harvested in China. It imparts a soothing warmth and sweetness to the aroma.
Iris or Orris root carefully selected from Italy has a soft, fragrant aroma. It helps balance the spicy sharpness of the citrus and adds a hint of sweetness to the flavour.
Juniper berries are harvested in the hill-top regions of Macedonia. The essential oils contained within are the predominant flavour in all gins and we insist upon the finest to ensure Whitley Neill gin retains its distinctive bitter-sweet flavour.