Drink: Raise a glass to Roundwood Gin
Named after the 180-acre woodland which runs around both their Abbots Ripton home and distillery, Emily Robertson and Rupert Waters are celebrating the second birthday of Roundwood Gin, their already multi award-winning spirit.
“It’s crazy to think it’s been two years since we first launched,” says Emily. “Of course, it's been a learning curve, but we couldn’t be happier with our journey so far. We’ve had such amazing support from local businesses and residents, who all purchase and stock our gins.”
Since its launch, Roundwood has won both Silver and Bronze at the International Wine and Spirits Awards, a Great Taste Award and Silver at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards.
The London Dry is distilled in extra-small batches of less than 100 bottles with seven carefully-selected botanicals, including elderberries for a fruity twist on the classic dry recipe. With plenty of zesty orange flavours, bursts of berry and the delicate notes of elderflower, the gin is described as “sippably-smooth, beautifully balanced and extremely drinkable”.
It’s recently been joined by a limited edition Cask Aged Sloe Gin; the majority of sloe berries used in the 2019 batch were picked by Emily and her Nanna within 100 metres of the house. And Emily, who left a commuter job as a software engineer to launch the business, has started running Gin Discovery Sessions at Roundwood HQ, too: though presently on pause due to coronavirus, vouchers can be purchased.
* Roundwood London Dry is priced £36 for 70cl. See roundwooddistillery.co.uk for more and to order.
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