Hedgerow harvest brings a brand-new gin to Adnams

Paying homage to the abundance of blackcurrants across East Anglia, Southwold distillery, Adnams, has produced a fruit-forward, hedgerow-style gin, using locally grown blackcurrants.

The native berries are a hero ingredient in the distillation process, creating the distinctive flavour of the new Copper House Blackcurrant Gin, with Head Distiller, John McCarthy, using around 40kg of East Anglian blackcurrants for every 1,100 bottles produced.

The new blackcurrant edition of the Copper House range has been developed from a unique recipe, distilling East Anglian blackcurrants with a selection of familiar London Dry botanicals and a large helping of juniper berries. The bittersweet blackcurrants and citrus-heavy juniper deliver a delicious duet on the palate, while sweet, warm, woody flavours come through on the finish thanks to the addition of intensely aromatic botanicals including star anise, liquorice root and cassia bark. 

John McCarthy commented, “The recipe called for lots of fruit, and we were delighted to showcase the abundance of blackcurrants grown in East Anglia. We built the recipe from there; deciding to balance the crisp blackcurrant fruit and juniper’s tart citrus flavours with botanicals that deliver sweet, woody accents, producing a gin that’s evocative of an English hedgerow.” 

Adnams Copper House Blackcurrant Gin (40% ABV), £31.99, is available at Adnams retail stores and Adnams.co.uk.