Plymouth unveils limited-edition, two-botanical gin

Kate Malczewski

Kate Malczewski

24 July 2019

Pernod Ricard’s gin brand Plymouth has launched a limited-edition expression with just two botanicals, juniper and orris root.

The new spirit, dubbed Mr King’s 1842 Recipe, has been crafted by Plymouth’s master distiller Sean Harrison using a 170-year-old recipe found at the Plymouth Black Friars Distillery, England’s oldest gin distillery.

The brand sourced the juniper from a single hill in Frontignano, Italy. This location was chosen based on a sales record of juniper from the region around the same time the recipe was originally created.

‘Mr King's 1842 Recipe is a truly one-off craft gin that we will never be able to recreate again,’ commented Harrison. ‘Even if we were to visit the same Italian hillside next year, the climate and harvest conditions would affect the juniper resulting in a different taste profile.

‘At a time when other brands are using many different botanicals throughout the distillation process, Mr King's 1842 Recipe focuses on just two and the result is something very special.’

According to Plymouth, these two botanicals result in a smooth liquid with a creamy texture, delicate floral notes and hints of lavender and pine.

Just 2,000 cases of Mr King’s 1842 Recipe are being produced, but there’s more limited-run Plymouth to come: the new product is the first in a forthcoming series of gins developed ‘to celebrate the spirit of exploration’.


41.2% abv, £45.50, Pernod Ricard

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