This gin was created by Leeds bartending legend Jake Burger (anyone been to Jake's bar on Call Lane?) by the award-wining Notting Hill bar, Portobello Star, home of the Ginsitute. This is a place where one can learn an awful lot about gin.
The third edition of Portobello Road's Local Heroes series is a collaboration with none other than Mark Knopfler, legendary frontman of the Dire Straits! Knopfler is a former Notting Hill local, and worked with the brand to add lime zest, fresh cucumber peel and olive oil to the original gin's nine botanicals. The label artwork was designed with Knopfler's passion for guitars in mind. If that wasn't enough, as a nod to the days when Knopfler would sport a headband during his live performances, each gin comes with its own miniature red headband around the bottle neck. Adorable.
London Dry Gin
Juniper berries, lemon peel, bitter orange peel, coriander seeds, orris root, angelica root, cassia bark, liquorice root, nutmeg, lime zest, fresh cucumber peel and olive oil.
Nose: Spiced, zesty nose with oily lemon peel, hints of candied orange, earthy juniper and potpourri.
Palate: Very tangy with notes of exotic spice and blossom. Huge musty citrus and a little bergamot.
Finish: Earl Grey tea and pepper.
Premium tonic garnished a lemon zest and a green olive.
Alternatively try as the BROTHERS IN ARMS created by cocktail legend and ex Leeds bar tender Joe Schofield :
35ml Local Heroes No.3 Gin
25ml Manzanilla Sherry
Top with Pedrino Tonic/Franklin & Sons rosemary & black olive tonic
Serve on ice in a high glass and garnish with lemon peel and a Sicilian olive.