Thomas Dakin gin launches in Manchester

Daniel Wren

Thomas Dakin gin is the new small batch botanical that has launched in Manchester. Classic in style, Thomas Dakin is led by juniper and named after young gin inventor Thomas Dakin. This gorgeous concoction has been created by Master Distiller Joanne Moore, distilled in a baby pot still, using a secret recipe of 11 botanicals. From the fragrant notes we could pick out juniper, orange peel and coriander, plus hints of horseradish.

We served Thomas Dakin over ice with a splash of tonic water, fresh pink grapefruit and some cracked black pepper. It also works well with cucumber and elderflower cordial.

Thomas Dakin Distillers’ David Hume said at the launch of the new gin, ‘Today we are launching a great tasting classic style gin with a twist and taking inspiration from Thomas Dakin, a young entrepreneur from 18th century northern England whose inventive and enlightened outlook paved the way for gin as we know it today.

‘We are delighted to be launching in Manchester as this is where we will build a new distillery to distil Thomas Dakin Gin. Watch this space for details on our exciting plans.’

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Master Distiller Joanne Moore, meanwhile, said, ‘We have created a delicious small batch gin which is juniper-led, with sweet orange and citrus notes on the palate and a smooth, savoury finish thanks to the cubebs and red cole*.’

The bottle is square, with gun metal grey glass, featuring heavy embossing and a distinctive red label which, in line with 18th century packaging, includes detailed text on both Thomas Dakin and the gin inside.

Thomas Dakin is currently distilled by G&J Distillers in Warrington, Cheshire, close to where Thomas Dakin distilled his original gin. However, production is soon to move to Manchester when the new distillery is built. Thomas Dakin Gin and G&J Distillers are owned by the Quintessential Brands Group.

More info

Thomas Dakin gin is available in Harvey Nichols Manchester and will roll out to their stores nationwide. It is also available in Booths and bars and restaurants in Manchester and throughout the UK. You can try it at Oscar’s on Canal Street.

Thomas Dakin retails at £29.00 for 70cl (ABV 42%), and you can find them on Twitter at @ThomasDakinGin.

*Red cole is the 18th century botanical now called horseradish.

About Daniel Wren

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