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August Brand News: Gin

August 6th, 2017 | Posted in: Brand News

Pickering’s Gin & Edinburgh Festival Fringe launch exclusive bottling

Pickering’s Gin has launched an exclusive bottling with Edinburgh Festival Fringe, marking the 70th anniversary of its original Bombay gin recipe and the birth of the fringe festival concept 70 years ago in Edinburgh.

Seventy years ago the distiller scribbled down a nine botanical gin recipe at Mount Mary, Bombay and that fragment of paper, bestowed to Marcus Pickering by a friend of his late father in 2013, has become the gin company’s raison d’être. In the years since, the small central Edinburgh distillery has brought Bombay-style gin back to life by modernising, tinkering, ageing, distilling, bottling, labelling and waxing a range of gins by hand. All from the former kennels of the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, now one of Europe’s biggest independent arts centres, Summerhall.

Crafted in partnership with the Fringe another Edinburgh oldie celebrating its 70th anniversary, the one-off run of 650 bottles has been distilled precisely to the old recipe exactly 70 years on from its creation.

Kokoro Gin launches miniature bottle

Koko Kokomo Gin is now available in a miniature bottle, similar to its signature 70cl bottle. The miniatures are being marketed to the on-trade through specialist spirits agency, Mangrove.

The new 5cl bottles will also allow Kokoro to tap into the hotel and catering industries, expanding its reach across the UK and meeting high volume demand. Kokoro was launched in September 2016and has at its core sansho berries, are hand-picked and imported to the UK from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano region of Japan. Used extensively in Japanese cuisine, sansho berries have a distinctive pepper flavour with a citrus aftertaste. Combined with eight other botanicals, the sansho berries give Kokoro Gin its unique flavour.

James Nicol, managing director at Forest Spirits, which produces Kokoro Gin, said, “Introducing the miniature bottles will enable us to provide potential stockists with samples, as well as accommodate the hotel industry and help them fill up their mini bars. We’ve also had requests from fusion restaurants for sample bottles, which we can now fulfil and encourage high volume sales.”

mo Gin is now available in a miniature bottle, similar to its signature 70cl bottle. The miniatures are being marketed to the on-trade through specialist spirits agency, Mangrove.

The new 5cl bottles will also allow Kokoro to tap into the hotel and catering industries, expanding its reach across the UK and meeting high volume demand. Kokoro was launched in September 2016and has at its core sansho berries, are hand-picked and imported to the UK from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano region of Japan. Used extensively in Japanese cuisine, sansho berries have a distinctive pepper flavour with a citrus aftertaste. Combined with eight other botanicals, the sansho berries give Kokoro Gin its unique flavour.

James Nicol, managing director at Forest Spirits, which produces Kokoro Gin, said, “Introducing the miniature bottles will enable us to provide potential stockists with samples, as well as accommodate the hotel industry and help them fill up their mini bars. We’ve also had requests from fusion restaurants for sample bottles, which we can now fulfil and encourage high volume sales.”

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