The team at Castle Howard have announced an exciting new partnership which will see the launch of their own estate gin.
The historic Yorkshire estate have collaborated with award-winning local gin company Sloemotion Distillery to produce a premium quality gin which will be available to buy online and in their farm shop from this week.
Inspired by both the 8000 acre estate and the ethos of the distillery, the new Castle Howard Gin will use ingredients foraged from across the estate.
The partnership has been developed out of shared interests between Castle Howard’s estate conservation programme and the ethos of Barton-le-Willows-based Sloemotion, which has pioneered the use of locally foraged botanicals, including sloes and hedgerow fruits, to add to their classic London gin ingredients.
Nicholas Howard said: “The ethos and values that inspired Sloemotion really struck a chord with us here at Castle Howard. Sloemotion Distillery’s founder Joff Curtoys, who has a background in ecology and conservation, also sits on our Conservation Advisory Board and their use of botanicals sourced from their local surroundings at Green Farm resonated with our wish to develop high quality, sustainable products from the estate.”
Joff Curtoys added: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Castle Howard on the new gin. We’ve been proud to supply their Farm Shop with our products for a number of years and have enjoyed a close working relationship and this partnership is providing a wonderful opportunity to work closely with this prestigious estate.”
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 foraged from across the estate. The dry gin finish is accompanied by citrus notes from lemon balm harvested from the formal gardens.
The new gin is available to purchase in 70cl bottles from the Castle Howard Farm Shop or online at www.castlehoward.co.ukSloemotion’s range of award winning spirits are available at farm shops and independent retailers nationwide as well as online through their website www.sloemotiondistillery.com