Slingsby named as Official Supplier to The British & Irish Lions

A  Yorkshire artisan spirits brand have partnered up with The British & Irish Lions to become the exclusive gin and vodka supplier for this summer’s tour of New Zealand.

Harrogate based Slingsby Gin (Spirit of Harrogate Limited) will be supporting the Lions by providing Slingsby gin and vodka across all of the official Lions tour events both before the party leaves the Northern Hemisphere and whilst they’re travelling throughout New Zealand in June and July.

The brand will also be offering Lions fans the opportunity to purchase a unique collector’s edition gin that pays tribute to the Tour and is aptly named ‘The Lions Gin -Tour Edition’.  Taking the classic multi award-winning Slingsby Navy Strength gin the distinctive Tour Edition design will include the cherished Lions crest set against a Lions red background.  Only 2017 bottles will be produced and available to purchase directly from from 28 May just ahead of the Tour party’s departure.

Launched in September 2015 by co-founders Marcus Black and Mike Carthy, Slingsby Gin is made with locally sourced botanicals, Harrogate aquifer water and pure single grain spirit. The key botanicals are synonymous with the beautiful and restorative nature of Harrogate, with half of the 24 elements sourced from Harrogate’s Rudding Park Hotel kitchen garden.

Mike Carthy, founder and Managing Director comments: “Having a deep routed passion for the game, it is an amazing honour to be partnering with The British & Irish Lions. Our core company values mirror those of the Lions – Respect, Passion, Friendship and Integrity. These values are carried through all areas of our business and have been critical to Slingsby’s success and achievements so far.”

British & Irish Lions Chief Operating Officer Charlie McEwen said:Spirit of Harrogate supporting the Tour is a valuable and important relationship for us and we are really excited about the events both here and in New Zealand that Slingsby will be available at for our guests and touring party.”

The 2017 British & Irish Lions kick off their ten match Tour of New Zealand on Saturday 3 June in Whangarei and culminates with three Test matches against the All Blacks starting on 23 June.