Some great news reached FDMB North West of two new exciting local gin additions to all branches of Booths supermarkets.
Booths spirits buyer Pete Newton (pictured above) has been hard at work sourcing a new range of local gins for the summer, and has introduced our very own Cuckoo Sunshine and Batch Industrial to the shelves of all Booths stores. Two other very exciting gins from Yorkshire (Cooper King Dry gin and Harrogate gin) are also new listings and are available in selected stores now.
Pete said; “At Booths, we like to source products from near and far and our Spirits range reflects this, whether it be whisky from Japan and Thailand or Gins made on our doorstep.
“Booths customers love to see something interesting and original, especially if it links back to being local. The current Gin trend has captured the imagination of our customers but it’s vital we keep our ranges fresh and vibrant. I am always looking out for something new that normally can’t be found in many other retailers, such as Cooper King from York, who have only just begun producing their spirits. Booths are one of the first retailers to stock their gin. Also, we have Harrogate Gin with their wonderful Otter character heading the front of their bottle.”
He added “We also work with existing suppliers to support and help bring to market any additions to their existing range, such as Cuckoo Sunshine, the new kid on the block from Brindle Farm which complements their very popular Cuckoo Gin”.
Here is the low down on both Cuckoo and Batch’s new gins.
Cuckoo Sunshine Gin, 70cl £36, all stores
Brindle Farm, Lancashire
“Hello, Sunshine,” that unmistakably endearing Lancashire term used to greet a loved one is what helped inspire Cuckoo’s third gin. Working alongside the Bee Centre in Samlesbury, Lancashire, Cuckoo Sunshine Gin is infused with natural honey produced on the farm by Lancashire honeybees. Using honey instead of sugar creates a smooth and sweet gin.
A burst of raspberries attack the nose and leave a delicate fruity finish, backed up by some stunning botanicals used in the distillation process on the farm. The gin benefits from fragrant Italian juniper and sharp Spanish lemon, whilst almonds and vanilla give a creamy, nutty and sweet taste.
Serve with lots of ice, your favourite tonic or rose lemonade, fresh raspberries, lemon peel and a sprig of thyme.
Batch Industrial Gin 55% Abv, 70cl £38, all stores
Batch Distillery, Burnley, Lancashire
Batch Industrial Strength Gin is a playful twist on a Navy gin and a nod to the industrial heritage of Burnley.
A playful, overproof twist on the signature Batch recipe; with less spice, increased juniper and citrus, and the addition of botanicals such as lemon balm and apricot kernel. With sweet lemon notes on the nose, and on the palate powerful juniper gives way to a citrus burst with a smooth, lingering citrus finish.
To serve, fill a Copa glass with ice, swirl to cool the glass and drain any excess water. Add a shot of gin and top up with tonic. Serve with a couple of dried apricots and fresh sage leaf.