Queen Elizabeth II is becoming quite the gin producer with the release of a new gin from her country residence, Sandringham House, in Norfolk. The follows the launch of a gin earlier this year that was infused with 12 botanicals from the gardens at Buckingham Palace, the monarch's residence in London.
The Queen is known to be quite a gin connoisseur and reportedly has a glass of gin and Dubonnet on the rocks with a slice of lemon before lunch. Her country retreat, Sandringham House, is set in 25 hectares of beautifully-landscaped gardens and was built in 1870 by the then Prince and Princess of Wales, who later became King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Sandringham Gin is produced with ingredients sourced directly from the estate, and some have fascinating historical connections, according to the official Sandringham shop.
“The Sharon Fruit is grown in the Walled Garden on a sheltered wall at the end of what was a range of glass houses, built on the winnings of the famous racehorse, Persimmon, owned by King Edward VII,” it says. “The foliage from myrtle plants also grown on the Estate, originated from a cutting taken from Princess Alexandra’s wedding bouquet on her marriage to Prince Albert Edward.”
The dry gin is produced by the WhataHoot distillery in Norfolk, and contains flavors of lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves. It is distilled in small batches, so delivery may take up to two weeks, and international delivery is not available. It comes in 50cl bottles and costs £50 ($67.32) and 5cl bottles are also available. Sandringham Gin can be purchased from the official website here.
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