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Fifty Pounds Gin Grain Base 70 cl

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  • Distilled in small quantities, and in single batches.
  • Juniper, spearmint and almond essence top notes with mixed citrus peel and star anise below.
  • Rich and oily on the palate, very soft, and delivers a moderate burst of the flavours offered by the nose before quietly and quickly vanishing.
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Technical Details
Product Dimensions41.6 x 11.6 x 11 cm
Item model number98102
Weight1.4 Kilograms
Volume700 ml
Country of origingb
Alcohol Content43.5 % Vol
BrandFIFTY POUNDS
TypeGin
Awards93 Puntos Peñín
Manufacturer/ProducerThames Distillers
Serving Size100 Grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB004EXON0W
Best Sellers Rank 6,853 in Grocery (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 Kg
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Date First Available3 Dec. 2010
  
 

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The scene takes place in London, under the reign of George II at the beginning of the 18th century, a period known as the Gin Craze, when one in three houses distilled and sold very dubious quality gin. In order to stop the excesses of this situation a tax of 50 pounds (excessive in anyone's eyes) was imposed by means of a legal notice regarding gin, which is known as the Gin Act 1736. After 6 years only two distilleries paid the tax.

The distillers of this gin have privately maintained an original recipe for many years which, due to the work involved and its high quality, was ironically known as Fifty Pounds amongst them in honour of the Gin Act 1736.

Fifty pounds gin is a grain spirit distilled four times is taken as the base, this means it is neutral, the botanicals are steeped in this alcohol for at least two days, after which time it will be distilled slowly in a hundred-year-old John Dore still (known as the Rolls Royce of stills). The master distiller subsequently throws away the 'heads' and 'tails' and saves just the 'heart'; after this, the fundamental step of letting the liquid rest for at least three weeks takes place in order that the result combines together properly.


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Fifty Pounds Gin
Fifty Pounds Gin

Fifty Pounds gin is distilled in small quantities, and in single batches. The name comes from the time of George II and the 1736 Gin Act, when a 50 pound tax was levied on those wishing to produce and sell gin. Only two distilleries agreed to pay the tax! A very handsomely-presented London gin, made by Thames Distillers. Thankfully the product lives up to the stylish packaging - this is excellent stuff.

Tasting Notes
  • The nose is full of juniper, spearmint and almond essence top notes with mixed citrus peel and star anise below.
  • Rich and oily on the palate, very soft, and delivers a moderate burst of the flavours offered by the nose before quietly and quickly vanishing.
  • The finish is clean, pure and faultless.
The Story of Fifty Pounds Gin

William of Orange prohibited the importing of alcohol to England in the early Eighteenth Century and so began the production and consumption of (domestic) English gin by huge numbers of distillers, the majority being of dubious quality. Its popularity was such, especially amongst the poor, that gin was distilled and sold in one fifth of all London homes. This excessive and uncontrolled consumption provoked a rapid degradation of society, a period given the name the Gin Craze.

In trying to curb this ‘social evil’, the 1736 Gin Act was introduced during the reign of George II, whereby an annual levy of £50 was imposed on those wishing to produce and sell gin. After six years, just two distilleries had agreed to pay this tax. Shortly after the Gin Act 1736 a family of independent London Distillers came up with an original gin recipe, known ironically amongst themselves as ‘Fifty Pounds’ in honour of the Gin Act levy, which was characterised by its particular smoothness and flavour.

The recipe remained hidden for generations, until the descendants of those pioneering master distillers rescued it from oblivion and re-discovered its extraordinary qualities. A major key to this centuries-old recipe is in the combination of the grain spirit, distilled four times to guarantee its purity, with the perfect proportion of botanicals used in each distillation. The botanicals, from four different continents, have been bespoke selected by the plant expert, depending on the season, always choosing the highest quality plants at all times, from wherever they are sourced.

The specialist traditional methods employed in the creation of this superior gin means that production is limited, obtaining approximately one thousand bottles from each batch. Each bottle of Fifty Pounds Gin is presented in an exclusive bottle, with a design inspired by the first gin bottles, known as case gin. Each bottle bears the individual distillation batch number, together with the year that it was distilled.


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Bought this as a birthday gift for a fellow gin lover, I sadly did not get to sample it myself but the recipient was so impressed, the bottle was devoured within a week. It was so good apparantly, just a bit of ice was required, no need for tonic. I would happily recommend the product, it arrived promptly and very securely packaged. Looking forward to trying it myself!
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Received quickly and safely thanks...neat with ice & and a slice (lemon, lime or orange depending on mood) is my favourite.
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A nice and strong gin great with Indian tonic and a slice and a great delivery time also so if you run out you will not be waiting long for the next bottle
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Nothing to dislike about this Gin, extra smooth, like drinking water. Bottle is unique. Very prompt dispatch and quality service.
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Up there with Hendricks,Bulldog and Tanqueray No.10
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Brilliant service and product!
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