SIGNATURE FRESH BOTANICALS
Gin at its most basic is a grain spirit flavoured with juniper berries. The various brands and types of the gin on the market use a selection of additional botanicals to enhance the flavour of the juniper and to give balance and further refinement to the spirit. Boxer's signature fresh botanicals are what really sets it apart from the rest. The Bergamot is cold pressed to extract its essential oils and the fresh juniper berries are steam distilled on the slopes of the Himalayas. Both are added after the main distillation process to preserve their vibrant flavours.
The organic bergamot is a variety of sour orange with a strongly aromatic peel. It provides the distinctive citrus notes in Earl and Lady Grey tea.
One of the most ancient rituals of the Himalayas region was the burning of juniper on mountain tops to purify and sanctify the area, while invoking the gods to descend down the ladder of fragrant smoke to open the sky door.
The Dry Botanicals can be split into three groups - those which support to the fresh juniper and citrus top notes, those which provide the spicy base notes and those which bind the rest of the flavours together.
The berry of the juniper tree is actually a strange miniature pine-cone. They have a floral, pine flavour with cedar undertones.
The dried peels are slowly macerated in our gin to add a fresh citrus hit both on the nose and aftertaste.
The peel of an unusual orange grown in Andalucia. It has the flavour of the classic orange marmalade but none of its usual bitterness.
Angelica root is sweetly aromatic. It is widely used as a herbal remedy to aid digestion. Angelica also helps lock the other flavours into Boxer Gin.
THE SWEET SCIENCE
COPPER DISTILLED SPIRIT
The first step in the preparation of Boxer Gin is the careful distillation of a soft, pure wheat spirit. We use the highest quality grain from the east of England. This grain is fermented and distilled using a combination of a modern tower still and our veteran copper pot still. The result is a gentle, soft spirit with a natural grain sweetness and subtle flavours of grass and hay.
LONDON DRY DISTILLATION
The next step is to distill a classic London Dry Gin. We steep our carefully sourced botanicals in our copper distilled wheat spirit, to allow the flavours to be released into it. After an eight hour maceration we transfer the mix into “Angela” – our 108 year old copper pot still – which is gently heated until the spirit is turned into vapour and then condensed back into a liquid. This process fixes the botanical flavours into Boxer gin.
THE BOXER DIFFERENCE
In order to deliver an added vibrancy to Boxer Gin we have created a new process in the production of our gin. Uniquely, we separately steam distill fresh, wild juniper berries to extract their essential oil. This gentle 20 hour process is carried out at source in the Himalaya, capturing each and every delicate nuance of flavour with absolute clarity. Similarly, we also extract a zingy raw citrus essential oil by cold pressing fresh bergamot peel.
The final stages in the creation of Boxer Gin is the careful marriage of our wild juniper and organic bergamot essential oils with our London Dry gin; and the addition of pure sweet Sussex spring water to open up the flavours at a classic bottling strength of 40% and an export strength of 45% alcohol by volume.