Remember the joys of conker season in school and the utter pride you had if you possessed the strongest conker in comparison to the other children in the playground? This is how Conker Spirit distillery owner Rupert Holloway must feel about his Dorset gin; being the first gin to emerge from Dorset, Holloway was able to take a sip-by-sip approach to distilling his own gin without sticking to a distilling heritage of the area.
With his entire focus on quality and fine tuning his palate to identifying botanicals that work together, Holloway worked his way through 48 different ‘blends’ and finally decided upon recipe 38. Alongside the usual mix you’d expect from a London Dry Gin, Holloway livened up his Conker Gin by adding lime peel to balance out the Seville Orange and add a crisp dry sweetness. Adding a Dorset twist to the still from dried samphire and elderberries, Holloway brings his gin even closer to home with hand harvested Gorse Flowers from the New Forest.
The Conclusion … a well balanced gin, green on the tongue with an elderflower-like sweetness and a touch of flowery chamomile.
At V.SQ, we’re serving Conker Gin with Fever Tree’s Indian Tonic Water and a wedge of lime.