Fifty Pounds

 1480381193_flag_of_united_kingdom FIFTY POUNDS  43,5°

Produced in a small and legendary distillery located in London, Fifty Pounds Gin is a perfectly balanced combination of herbs, spices, fruits and flowers, distilled in small batches with neutral grain spirit. The botanicals are sourced from four different continents and include juniper berries from Croatia, coriander from the Middle East, grains of paradise from Eastern Africa, savoury from Southern France, orange and lemon peels from Spain, licorice from Italy, and angelica root from Western Europe. Each bottle of Fifty Pounds Gin is presented in an exclusive bottle, inspired by the first gin bottles, and bears the individual distillation batch number along with the year it was distilled.
In the early 18th century, William of Orange prohibited alcohol from being imported into England. In response, the citizens created their own small distilleries and began to produce gin – it became so popular that the spirit was distilled and sold in one fifth of all London homes. This excessive and uncontrolled consumption provoked a rapid degradation of society, a period referred to as “The Gin Craze”. In an attempt to gain control, George II introduced the 1736 Gin Act, whereby an annual levy of £50 was imposed on those wishing to produce and sell gin. After six years, only two distilleries had agreed to pay this tax.

Shortly after the Gin Act was imposed, a family of independent London distillers created an original gin recipe, known ironically amongst themselves as “Fifty Pounds”. The recipe remained hidden for generations until it was discovered by their descendants, who recreated the gin using high quality ingredients and traditional distillation methods.