Named after Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw who picked the rich pockets of Nottingham in an unbidden and undoubtedly jail-worthy act of wealth distribution, Sir Robin of Locksley Gin is a Yorkshire spirit with a tale to tell.
John Cherry first got the urge to open his own distillery in September 2006. He was working in the US at the time, and the craft scene there was starting to stir to life as distilling laws relaxed. He was already fully ensconced in the booze industry, having worked as a buyer in the wine and spirits industry, so â€“ despite a distinct lack of distilling know how â€“ the idea wasnâ€™t straight out of left field.
For Cherry, it was always going to be Gin. â€œAs a fan of all things booze, and being in the business, there were many directions I could have taken at the start,â€ he explains, â€œbut since my Gran introduced me to it back in the mid 80s Iâ€™ve always loved Gin."
Initially,Â Sir Robin of Locksley GinÂ was made atÂ ThamesÂ but in March 2017 his mailbox clattered open to deliverÂ HMRCÂ approval. Since then, all distillation has taken place at Cherryâ€™s distillery in Portland Works, a cooperative in Sheffield filled to the rafters with craft makers.
To makeÂ Sir Robin of Locksley Gin,Â CherryÂ soaks all of the botanicals in a neutral grain spirit for 18 hours, before distilling them in his 250-litre stainless steel hybrid still. Each batch produces around 1200 70cl bottles after blending to 40.5%, making it botanically intense and a gin with a full mouthfeel.
8 botanicals in total including juniper berries, dandelion, elderflower & pink grapefruit.
Up-front juniper with more delicate aromas of elderflower bubbling through. Deliciously smooth and round on the palate â€“ warm cassia notes soothed with dandelion. Pink grapefruit adds an underlying sweetness and lingering citrus finish. Balanced yet distinctively unique.
Premium tonic garnished with a pink grapefruit twist or elderflower tonic garnished with a sprig of mint.