How spirits brands are marking the coronation
Union Jacks and string bunting at the ready – on Saturday 6 May, the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla will take place, and spirits brands have snapped up the opportunity to celebrate with some commemorative releases.It's no surprise that gin brands have leapt at the opportunity to release numerous commemorative bottlings, given HRH’s penchant for a daily gin Martini – but we won’t lie and say we aren’t a little bit disappointed not to see at least one brand use coronation chicken as a ‘botanical’… A missed opportunity or a blessing? We’ll never know. Meanwhile whisky producers have marked the historic day with plenty of new drams, including one familiar to His Majesty, and even the pre-mixed cocktail category has jumped on the royal bandwagon. Keep reading to find out how these patriotic brands will be marking the royal occasion.
Highgrove Gardens and The Cotswolds Distillery – Coronation WhiskyThe Cotswolds Distillery has collaborated with Highgrove Gardens to create a limited edition coronation whisky. This English whisky was created using Plumage Archer barley grown on the Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire, England, and was distilled, matured, and bottled exclusively by the Cotswolds Distillery. It comes from a specially selected shaved, toasted, and re-charred ex-red wine cask, which offers a rich and intense maturation to the fruity new make spirit, boasting strong notes of toffee, chocolate, and red fruits, as well as a deep colour. Highgrove Coronation Single Malt Whisky is bottled at 50.2% and has an RRP £295 (US$366.70).
Four Sis4ers Distillery – Wonky Windsor gin
Salford’s Four Sis4ers Distillery has launched a limited edition fruit-waste strawberry gin to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III, called Wonky Windsor. This pink gin is made with the fruits of ‘wonky’ British strawberries. It has been distilled in the distillery's Arnold Holstein copper still, and inspired by King Charles’ love of the environment and passion for sustainability.
It is said the gin is best served with elderflower tonic over ice with a single strawberry, or added to a glass of Prosecco topped with lemonade for the perfect summer cocktail.
The strawberry gin is bottled ay 37.5% ABV and available in 500ml bottles for a limited time, priced at £26 (US$32.32)
The English Whisky Co – The English Coronation WhiskyIn the summer of 2007, King Charles III declared The English Distillery officially open. The dram-loving monarch even took ownership of a few of the maturing casks, making the Norfolk-based distillery one of his preferred English whisky producers. Now, to mark his coronation, The English has unveiled the latest bottling in its Royal range. The Royal range is bottled only on the birth, marriage, coronation or jubilee of those in direct line to the throne. These are rare events that the distillery believes should be celebrated, making the resulting collection of whiskies well worth owning and drinking. The whisky offers aromas of toffee, cherries and baked apples, while on the palate, the toffee turns to chocolate and is joined by tastes of nuts and figs. It has been matured in ex-Bourbon casks and PX Sherry barrels, and there is a limit to 5,000 bottles available worldwide, each of which retails for £85 (US$105.66).
Shakespeare Distillery – King’s Coronation Gin
The team at the Shakespeare Distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon has crafted a dry gin that takes inspiration from the late Queen and Queen Mother's love for a gin and Dubonnet.
Combining flavours of orange and currants with the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, rosemary, coriander, and angelica, the resulting juniper-led gin has a fruity and robust finish, fit for a king. It is recommended served with Fever-Tree tonic, ice, and a slice of orange.
The Coronation Gin is available in three bottle options and retails at £34 (US$42.26) for a 500ml bottle, £17.50 (US$21.75) for a 200ml bottle and £6.50 (US$8) for 50ml bottle. These can be purchased online on the distillery site or from the shop.
Historic Royal Palaces – Coronation Gin In A Tin
Created in collaboration with Gin In A Tin and the Historic Royal Palaces, The Coronation Gin design is inspired by the Crown Jewels, housed at the Tower of London. The letterbox-friendly tin is adorned with a magnificent gold foiled crown, featuring the iconic symbols of the four nations of the UK: a classic English rose, a traditional Scottish thistle, a springtime Welsh daffodil and the delicate Irish shamrock.
The London Dry gin inside the tin offers distinctive notes of lemon peel, coriander, cardamom and juniper. It is available from the John Lewis & Partners website and online from Gin In A Tin.