It turns out there remain a few select parts of the UK that don't yet have their own distillery. Manchester's one of them, but not for long.
Enter the brand new Thomas Dakin Gin, currently distilled by G&J Distillers' master distiller, Joanne Moore in Cheshire (G&J and the new brand are both owned by Quintessential Brands Group). But the plan is to set up a dedicated distillery in Manchester - the city's first.
The gin's named after a gin pioneer of the 18th Century, based in north-west England, who is said to have created the first quality gin. This modern-day tribute makes use of eleven botanicals, including horseradish, or red cole as it was known back then. The juniper's quite evident, particularly on this classic nose, as is the orange peel and English coriander in the botanical mix. There's a fresh, green, vegetal element to the palate, leading to that horseradish note, and concluding with a bitter, grassy, rocket-like aftertaste.
The signature serve G&T is garnished with some orange peel and a complementary sprig of coriander leaf.
Thomas Dakin Distillers' David Hume commented: 'Today we are launching a great tasting classic style gin with a twist and taking inspiration from Thomas Dakin, a young entrepreneur from the 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.'
42% abv, £29/70cl RRP, Quintessential Brands Group
UPDATE: We've since been informed that Manchester does indeed already have a distillery - Zymurgorium has been operational since January. Look out for its Manchester gin to launch in the next few weeks.