Extracted from Nelson’s Gin
New and subtly sensational
Nelson’s Gin has been created by one man; Neil Harrison. In a world in which craft gins proliferate, Neil was certain that he had both the vision and the palate to create a gin that was exceptional.
Having worked extensively as a chef, Neil knew that a pleasing and memorable tasting experience depends on the combination of many factors; from an inspired balance of flavours through to presentation, context and the all-too-elusive creation of ambience; the vital ingredient which owes more to alchemy than any kind of practicality.
Nelson’s Gin is made in small batches, to be enjoyed by those who appreciate its life-affirming qualities. It is the only gin made on the Derbyshire and Staffordshire borders, its manufacture being a sophisticated 21st century version of a ‘cottage industry’.
Why Nelson’s Gin?
For over 200 years, no ship of the Royal Navy left port without its complement of Navy Strength Gin aboard. ‘Navy Strength’ meant that the spirit contained sufficient alcohol to still combust, should it be spilt onto gunpowder. Anything weaker would simply soak the powder, rendering it useless and the ship, defenceless. Gin had to pass the ‘proof’ test. And yet, it was an altogether subtler spirit which allegedly inspired Lord Nelson, a complex and aromatic gin produced only on the island of Menorca, at one time Lord Nelson’s base where, reputedly, he spent time with Emma, Lady Hamilton.
Nelson’s Gin is named in honour of England’s greatest ever naval hero. Its flavour is also in homage to the grandfather of its inventor. An outstanding man by the name of Nelson James Harrison.
Neil spent two years researching and trialling the best combinations of botanical ingredients from around the world, which were going to eventually develop into Nelson’s Gin.
Over the two years, Neil attended a local gin school 7 times making 7 batches each time before finally mastering the final secret recipe for what is now Nelson’s Gin No.7.