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Two Birds launches cocktail gin

UK craft distillery, Union Distillers in Market Harborough, producers of Two Birds spirits has added a new bird to its nest of small batch spirits by way of a speciality cocktail gin that is being launched purely for the on-trade.

Two Birds cocktail gin is distilled in a way that produces a more intense juniper flavour and then bottled at 40%abv. The benefits of such a change are that when mixed with other spirits and ingredients, the predominant flavour of juniper is not diluted and lost.

Mark Gamble, who has an engineering background and built his copper still ‘Gerard’ from scratch, says: “Being independent craft distillers, we have the flexibility to experiment with new products and different flavour profiles as well as alcohol levels. After discussions with friends working in the drinks industry we saw there was a gap in the market for a stronger gin but not at an over-proof level. So we set about to create the perfect gin for cocktails; using exactly the same botanicals used in our London Dry Gin but altering our distilling profile to bring out the individual flavours. We believe that the Two Birds cocktail makes for a strong juniper-led London Dry style gin while still at a moderate ABV and it is the perfect partner for many a cocktail.”

The first maceration of the botanicals is cold and then the heat input is tightly controlled in order to gently release the essential oils presented in the ingredients. Juniper is at the fore with vanilla and pepper notes and a smooth, clean sophisticated finish.

Founded in Leicestershire by Mark Gamble and Lyn Taylor in 2012, Two Birds produce a London Dry Gin, English Vodka and an Absinthe all of which are produced in small batches of 100 bottles at a time. ‘Gerard ‘– the hand crafted copper still – has been specially designed and built by master distiller Mark, and is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. Two Birds London Dry Gin won a Gold Medal at the Craft Distillers awards and Silver Outstanding at the IWSC 2013.

Two Birds Speciality Cocktail Gin is available to buy directly from Two Birds, Union Distillers - 01858 414256 / sales@twobirdsspirits.co.uk  either as a single bottle or in cases of six.

26 November 2013 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor