North East Distillery Launch First Gin of Limited Edition Range

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Poetic License Independent Small Batch Distillery kick off range of one-off spirit products ‘The Rarities’ with an Orange Blossom Gin.

As you would expect from the name, this gin offers a strong aroma of orange and is zesty, refreshing yet floral on the palate. It’s slightly sweeter than a typical gin with its hints of vanilla and a lingering citrus finish.

The Rarities are set to be a one batch distillation of whatever the creative chaps at Poetic License fancy making. There will only be a few hundred bottles of each and when they’re gone, they really are gone!

“We like to indulge in our creative side and wanted drinkers to be able to enjoy more of our experimental concoctions with us. Hence, The Rarities was born” explains Luke Smith, Poetic License’s distiller.

“Orange Blossom is a beautiful flavour that we knew we wanted to use. We experimented with it in vodka but actually felt the flavour sat very well in with the juniper of gin. It’s an uplifting drink that stirs up the vibes of the lighter, warmer months. It drinks really well with Mediterranean tonic and an orange peel and rosemary garnish.”

Located in the North East, Poetic License Independent Small Batch Distillery launched in 2015. They make their award-winning spirits on 500L still, Gracie, which is based in a bar of the same name. They have 3 core products (Northern Dry Gin at 43.2%, Old Tom Gin at 41.6% and Graceful Vodka at 40.4%) and well as always having a seasonal offering available; at the moment, this is their Fireside Gin with flavours of mulled winter fruits.

Future products for The Rarities are still under-wraps but Luke did say “We have lots of ideas, so keep your eyes on our social media for more information and, if you see them, make sure you grab them while you can!”

Orange Blossom Gin Rarity will be available to from the start of February with pre-orders now being taken.

Buy online now at http://www.poeticlicensedistillery.co.uk or for trade sales enquiries please contact Beth Race on 0191 5103564 or beth@poeticlicensedistillery.co.uk

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Poetic License

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One of the main brands to cause a stir over the last 12 months originates from the North East of England, Sunderland to be exact, the home of Poetic License Distillery.

Started up by Mark Hird, a figurehead of the leisure trade for 20 years, the seeds were sown back in 2012 when Mark saw the opportunity in growing a business that could reach both the local and national community, opening a microbrewery in 2012 and naming it Sonnet 43, after the famous poem of Elizabeth Barrett Browning who was born a stone’s throw from the brewery site.

Knowing the rise of micro distilling after visiting distilleries in South Africa, he looked to Luke Smith, a man who had started his career at Sonnet 43 brewery, to help him plan and operate a new distillery. After several experiments and distilling courses, on January 4th 2015 the project became official and Luke moved to begin working within the Roker Hotel (now known as Poetic License Distillery Bar and Soul Food), one of Mark’s venues, as a full time gin distiller and using a 5 litre still to produce trial recipes.

It took 7 months to create a London Dry Gin as well as a rough Old Tom Gin within Gracie, the fist copper still to be sourced from China. The 500 litre hybrid allows the use of her as both a pot still and a column still. For their gin, hand-crushed botanicals are macerated for 24 hours and then boiled to gently and gradually release their flavours, whilst the vodka, using British wheat as the spirit base, is distilled 7 times.

This feature though won’t be focusing on their Northern Dry, Old Tom or Graceful Vodka, but their new Fireside Gin, the distillery’s limited edition gin available for autumn/ winter that focuses on ‘Mulled Winter Fruit and Juniper’. It is their second seasonal and comes following the success of their first – Picnic Gin, a strawberries and cream flavoured gin which was available throughout the summer of 2016.

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Poetic License Fireside
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Subtle saffron and orris come through on the nose, followed by clove and nutmeg scents. Mulled flavours of clementine, stemmed cherry and cranberry are present on the palate, with soft cinnamon and orange peel bringing a warm finish to the table.

A great gin to serve straight over ice in front of the fire, but one of these will still work well for a refreshing mulled long drink, with the team suggesting “to be enjoyed while cosying up around glowing amber warmth of the fireplace. Pour over large chunks of ice with premium tonic and garnish with cranberries.”

Be rude not to add this to your drinks cabinet now, and these cold nights don’t seem to be easing up anytime soon!

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