A British distiller has created a super-premium limited edition gin in time for Christmas, making use of a special distillation technique to preserve the best of the gin produced.
Cambridge Distillery’s Watenshi gin is produced in a batch of just 36 bottles every year – and, with a price of £2,000 for each 70cl bottle, is the world’s most expensive. Six bottles have been made available for sale in the UK exclusively through Selfridges, while the remaining 30 bottles will be sold in markets further afield.
Meaning “Japanese angel”, Watenshi gin draws upon a special distillation process that preserves the angel’s share – the portion of gin lost to evaporation – of Cambridge Distillery’s Japanese gin. The process uses air pressure less than half of that at the top of Mount Everest and temperatures colder than at the South Pole to prevent the gin from evaporating.
Due to the slow nature of the process, it takes Cambridge Distillery roughly 50 distillation cycles in order to make a single bottle. It is then packaged in a unique, spherical bottle from Swiss design company Loris&Livia, hand blown in Cambridgeshire with Swiss-made stupper, and a silver feather motif added to the bottle alongside hand-painted Japanese script.
Cambridge Distillery master distiller Will Lowe said the aim of Watenshi was to create a gin of unrivalled quality: “The vast majority of our clients drink their gins neat, or over ice, and that requires something beyond a hit of juniper and zing of citrus.
“With Watenshi we have been able to explore the upper limits of what the gin category is capable of. We sought to make a gin of unparalleled intensity and complexity. It’s an expression of refined elegance, which has previously been the preserve of the finest single malts and significantly aged cognacs.”
Selfridges wine and spirits buyer Guy Hodcroft said: “The Cambridge Distillery has yet to produce anything short of extraordinary, but the Watenshi takes it to the next level – both in terms of the gin’s balance and complexity, and its presentation.”
And Adam Hockney, general manager of one of the Selfridge’s stores to put a bottle of Watenshi gin on display, was quoted by the Birmingham Mail newspaper as saying: “We are thrilled to have the Watenshi in store and we are sure it is going to create a buzz, especially for the gin lovers among us.
“For it to be one of just six available in the country is also a huge honour.”
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