The London Distillery Company Announces Dodd’s Gin, Fortnum’s Edition

Dodd's Gin Fortnum's EditionThe London Distillery Company has announced its collaboration with luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason to create a limited edition Dodd’s Gin, commemorating one year since the inaugural batch was launched in the store. No more than 300 bottles are to be produced and will be launched in-store on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. Botanical inspiration has been taken from Fortnum & Mason, which has rooftop beehives as well as an array of exceptional teas.
Developed at the Battersea based distillery, the limited edition Dodd’s Gin will be hand bottled, labelled and numbered, featuring an exclusive design by United Creatives*. The organic** ingredients used to create the backbone of the gin are distilled in ‘Christina’, a traditional 140-litre copper still, with the more delicate botanicals being reserved for ‘Little Albion’, The London Distillery Company’s state-of-the-art cold vacuum still.

Dodd’s Gin was released in spring 2013 and pays tribute to Ralph Dodd, an 18th century born entrepreneur and engineer who never quite fulfilled his plans to create Genuine British Spirits Compounds and Cordials. The London Distillery Company’s co-founder Darren Rook and his team discovered the Dodd legacy, a business with similar ethos and name, over a year after founding the company in 2011. Unlike Dodd, The London Distillery Company has had a successful start to trading and in addition to creating gin they are making London’s first single malt whisky in over a century.

CEO Darren Rook comments: “Over the last year Fortnum & Mason has been fantastically supportive of the distillery and what we do. When talking with them about a collaboration for our first anniversary, an exclusive Dodd’s Gin using their heritage and honey as inspiration seemed a natural progression. Fortnum & Mason has an outstanding selection of high quality produce and we have been experimenting with various teas, spices and other botanicals to create a new recipe. Dodd’s Gin enthusiasts will still recognise the main backbone of their favourite gin but should be pleasantly surprised by the subtle variation.”

Dodd’s Gin, Fortnum’s Edition is non-chill filtered, bottled at 49.9% ABV and presented in 50cl bottles. Available exclusively from iconic retailer Fortnum & Mason from 2nd April, Dodd’s Gin, Fortnum’s Edition will be featuring as Spirit of the Month at £39.50, after which time the RRP will be £42.50.

In-store tastings will take place during the first week of release and tutored tastings are to be held on Wednesday 9th April at 6pm and 7.30pm. A limited number of tickets are available at £25 per person. The masterclasses include a Dodd’s Gin deconstruction tasting with Darren Rook and a visit to Fortnum & Mason’s beehives. Please visit the website for further details: http://www.fortnumandmason.com/c-1378-tutored-tasting-limited-edition-dodds-gin.aspx

London’s First Whisky Distillery In Over A Century Rekindles City’s Single Malt Heritage

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Battersea-based distilling company, The London Distillery Company, has been granted London’s first licence to produce single malt whisky in over a century and Thursday saw its initial British spirit flow from the still. The boutique distillery, which has been producing Dodd’s Gin since Spring 2013, is the first whisky distillery in London since Lea Valley in Stratford closed in the early 1900s.

The whisky will be distilled in a beautiful 650 litre copper pot still, ‘Matilda’, named after co-founder and CEO Darren Rook’s Scottish Grandmother. Once the plain British spirit, that will be produced during the second distillation, has been matured in casks for a minimum of three years and a day, it will legally become single malt whisky.*
Malt whisky is made using three ingredients: malted barley, water and yeast. In keeping with the distillery’s focus on sustainability and sourcing locally where possible, the barley is sourced from Warminster Maltings, Wiltshire, 100 miles from the distillery. The yeast is supplied by Surebrew in Surrey and the company is using historical London brewing strains.

Darren Rook comments: “It is not widely known that the capital has a great heritage of whisky production dating back to before Chaucer. Since meeting co-founder, Nick Taylor, it has taken just over three years of hard work from the early concept to get to where we are today. We are really excited to be part of a new chapter in the city’s distilling legacy.
“This is really only the start of the journey as we have some time until the whisky reaches its optimum. We’re aiming to create an historical style of single malt with a great depth of flavour and floral backbone. That said, thanks to our small size and the equipment, we are not limited to one style. One fermentation will fill one cask, so we are able to experiment and create bespoke whiskies.”
Annually the company has capacity to fill up to 100 casks. During the development stages Rook has been working with Master Whisky Distiller and Blender, John C McDougall, and whisky industry consultant and wood specialist, Dr. Jim Swan. The team will continue to work with them both at regular intervals over the coming years.

*UK and EU law requires that whisky should be at least three years and one day old

Dodd’s Gin Tasting Notes

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The London Distillery Company is one of only five London distillers and is London’s first whisky distillery since Lea Valley closed over a century ago. Dodd’s Gin is the first gin to come through its doors since its founding year of 2011 between Darren Rook and Nick Taylor. The story and inspiration to the companies release of Dodd’s Gin however stretches a little further back, way back even, to the year 1807.

Ralph Dodd, an 18th century born entrepreneur and engineer, formed The Intended London Distillery Company in 1807 and within his business prospectus, he detailed his commitment to produce Genuine British Spirits. Ralph Dodd started by opening public subscriptions for transferable shares to raise capital of £100,000, divided into 2000 shares of £50 each. Premises were purchased and managers and other officers were employed, including both known malt distiller Mr Carr and chief rectifier John Taylor. However, no attempt was made to obtain incorporation and a solicitor was engaged to draft a deed of trust. This proved to be an error and in 1808 criminal action was taken against Dodd for the promotion of a scheme for a company with transferrable shares in violation of the Bubble Act. Dodd decided to dispute this legal action but ultimately lost the case in 1812 resulting in the dispansion of The Intended London Distillery Company. As Ralph Dodd never quite fulfilled his visionary project, his aspirations are finally being realised over 200 years later by the separate company but the also closely named The London Distillery Company.

Dodd's Gin
Dodd’s Gin

The gin itself is made with organic botanicals including juniper, angelica, fresh lime peel, cardamom, red raspberry leaf, bay laurel and honey from The London Honey Company. A significant proportion of the ingredients are first distilled in ‘Christina’, a traditional 140-litre copper alembic, with the more delicate botanicals being reserved for ‘Little Albion’, The London Distillery Company’s state-of-the-art cold vacuum still.  The two spirits are then married for several weeks before being hand-bottled and labelled by the team at the distillery.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Dodd’s Gin – 49.9%

Subtle juniper on the nose with fresh raspberry lingering around near the end. Warm on the start of the palate, developing a slight spice with honey thick texture. The juniper is more dominant alongside dashes of lime zest. Short, sharp bursts on the long finish.

A great gin, and one to just savour on its own. No need to add anything to it, just sip! Worth a purchase, and a nip if ever seen in your local bar.

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The London Distillery Company Releases Dodd’s Gin

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The London Distillery Company has announced the release of its first London-crafted gin.  Developed at the new distillery in Battersea, London, Dodd’s Gin pays tribute to Ralph Dodd, an 18th century born entrepreneur and engineer, who formed The Intended London Distillery Company in 1807.  Dodd’s business prospectus detailed his commitment to produce Genuine British Spirits and whilst he never quite fulfilled his visionary project, his aspirations are finally being realised over 200 years later by The London Distillery Company.

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Dodd’s Gin

The small batch gin, created by Head Distiller Andrew MacLeod Smith and Founder Darren Rook, uses organic* botanicals, which include: juniper, angelica, fresh lime peel, bay laurel, cardamom, red raspberry leaf and London honey**.

A significant proportion of the ingredients are first distilled in ‘Christina’, a traditional 140-litre copper alembic, with the more delicate botanicals being reserved for ‘Little Albion’, The London Distillery Company’s state-of-the-art cold vacuum still.  The two spirits are then married for several weeks before being hand-bottled and labelled by the team at the distillery.

Darren Rook comments: “We came across Ralph Dodd and his story whilst investigating former distilleries in London, almost a year to the day after founding The London Distillery Company.  Dodd’s ethos about creating Genuine British Spirits was akin to ours, so we felt it fitting that our first London produced brand was dedicated to him.”

Andrew MacLeod Smith adds: “Any distiller will tell you that it takes many months of research and development to create an innovative, premium organic spirit, and Dodd’s was no different.  For example, we distilled several types of honey, from all areas of the UK, but found that the complex honey produced by urban bees in London gave the spirit a luxurious mouthfeel and added a delightful top note, which compliments the rest of the aromatics perfectly.”

Dodd’s Gin is non-chill filtered, bottled at 49.9% ABV and will be available in 50cl bottles at an RRP of £36.95. It is exclusively available from iconic retailer Fortnum & Mason from 2 April for a two week period, after which, Dodd’s Gin will be available online from  www.londondistillery.com and from all good drinking establishments and independent retailers.

*All grain spirit and botanicals are Soil Association approved organic

**From The London Honey Company: http://www.thelondonhoneycompany.co.uk/