Pothecary Gin is a British Blended Gin launched in January 2015 by Lukasz Dwornik, currently general manager at the Christchurch Harbour hotel, and Martin Jennings, former wine development specialist at Matthew Clark. The beautifully bottled gin has won a double gold at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirit Competition, a silver outstanding and silver award at the 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition, in London and a gold medal at CWSA 2016 (in China).
Not content with their success thus far – and exploring the flavours of the brand, the pair have now launched a new gin and chocolate gift box – just in time for Christmas.
In a unique collaboration, Pothecary Gin and Chocolate by Miss Witt have produced a pairing of the British Blend premium gin and gourmet chocolates. With both artisans using contemporary methods of production that intensify the aroma and flavour of the botanicals and ingredients they work with.
Using some of the distillates, botanicals, and the spring water used to create Pothecary Gin, Kerry Witt, of Chocolate by Miss Witt, has created two highly original chocolates using her signature water ganache – which is dairy free.
The chocolatier has used Venezuelan 40% milk chocolate, organic Black Mulberry extract post distillation, and organic Sicilian Lemon distillate, to create an indulgent Black Mulberry Ganache, that is encased in a crisp dark chocolate shell – or for short – the ‘Ana’ chocolate, named after Anatolia, the region where the Organic Black Mulberries were grown.
The white chocolate is from the Dominican Republic and is mixed with Lavender distillate, with a touch of sea salt, to create the Pothecary Gin turquoise-coloured chocolate, encasing a soft mousse centre. The white ‘Provençal’ is named after the area in France where the Lavender is grown.
All boxed up in a beautiful gift box including a 100ml bottle of Pothecary Gin.
Dwornik and Jennings distill each of the botanicals for POthecary separately, which, says Dwornik “Yields optimum quality and incomparable flavours,” then blended together to create an aromatic, smooth gin, with each bottle individually filled, corked and sealed by hand.
“We believe we’ve created a new gin category with Pothecary,” says Dwornik. The British Blend is a combination of wild-foraged Juniper from Bulgaria, earthy and warming on the palate; organic Lavender, dry and savoury; organic Black Mulberries from Anatolia, with a hint of fruit sweetness aroma; organic Lemons from Sicily, adding freshness and zing and Tilia flowers from Poland with aromas of black tea and honey which adds a softness to the finished product.
The Pothecary Gin brand and its packaging were developed by design agency ‘Adam and Company’ who designed their branding concept from the original brief, “championing the quality of the unique ingredients presented through the aesthetic of vintage apothecary packaging.” www.adamnco.com
Dwornik and Jennings hoped to create a luxury, premium gin. Something a little old-fashioned and traditional. As the new gin kids on the block they are now selling over a 1,000 bottles a month – and seem to have created something that stands out from the crowd!