Spirits are high at Castle Howard as the historic Yorkshire estate launches a new premium quality gin in partnership with local business Sloemotion Distillery. Inspired by both the 8000acre estate and the ethos of the distillery, the Castle Howard Gin will use ingredients foraged from across the estate.
The gin partnership has been developed out of shared interests between Castle Howard’s estate conservation programme and the ethos of Barton-le-Willows-based Sloemotion Distillery, which has pioneered the use of locally foraged botanicals – including sloes and hedgerow fruits – to add to their classic London gin ingredients.
“The ethos and values that inspired Sloemotion struck a chord with us here at Castle Howard,” says Nicholas Howard. “Joff Curtoys, Founder of Sloemotion Distillery (with a background in ecology and conservation) sits on our Conservation Advisory Board, and their work using botanicals sourced from their local surroundings at Green Farm resonated with our wish to develop high quality, sustainable products from the estate here.”
“Sloemotion Distillery are delighted to be teaming up with Castle Howard, we have been proud to supply the Castle Howard Farm Shop for a number of years and have enjoyed a close working relationship; this partnership is providing a wonderful opportunity to work closely with this prestigious estate with an exciting new gin,” says Joff Curtoys.
The Castle Howard Gin is a classic juniper led, dry spirit with aromatic extracts of coriander, cardamom, orange peel and St. John’s Wort and further enhanced by tinctures of floral notes from meadowsweet and sweet sour elements from crab apple, both forages from across the estate. Finally, the dry gin finish is accompanied by citrus notes from Lemon Balm, harvest from the formal gardens.
Castle Howard Gin is available to purchase in 70cl bottles from the Castle Howard Farm Shop or via the Castle Howard website for £39.99.