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By Michael Hepworth

The word is out on Whitley Neill London dry Gin, and as soon as I heard about it I had to get my hands on a bottle. I was not disappointed as this is a top class sipping gin that includes two African botanicals that gives it its vibrancy. The smooth taste lingers in the mouth quite a while, and the tastes include citrus, exotic spices, herbs, cocoa and candied lemon peels.  The two botanicals that make all the difference are Baobab and Cape gooseberry (physalis), and when the latter is added to the classic Gin & Tonic, expect something special. The gin won a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits competition in 2007.

The Baobab tree provides the fruit pulp and the seeds, and the pulp produces 6 times more Vitamin C than an orange, and is a highly prized source of a refreshing citrus lemonade drink for the locals in Africa . The seeds are very high in protein and can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute.

The Cape gooseberry is named after the Cape of Good Hope where they are in abundance where the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean . The bitter-sweet berries increase the citrus element of the gin on the nose and the palate.  A handful of liquor writers in the know have already spread the word, and when one of them compared it to the excellent Plymouth Gin, I knew it was something that needed to be tried. 5% of the profits from Whitley Neill Gin are donated to Tree Aid, a charity that helps some of the poorest families in Africa inn their fight against poverty.

Signature Cocktails


Whitley Cosmopolitan 

2 oz Whitley Neill Gin

oz Triple Sec

2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

Splash of Cranberry Juice

Serve in a chilled martini glass and garnish with lemon twist


Sex on the Beach          

1 oz Whitley Neill Gin

oz Peach Schnapps

 Splash of Orange and Cranberry Juice

Serve in a highball glass on the rocks and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry



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