Buckingham Palace launches a small batch gin
The Royal Collection Trust has launched a small-batch dry gin, made from botanicals from the Queen’s London residence.
Buckingham Palace Gin, which will be sold online until the Royal Collection Trust’s shops reopen, will also be sold at future official events at the palace.
The gin is infused with citrus and herbal notes, and it is made using 12 botanicals, several of which are collected from the Buckingham Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.
Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said: “It is fantastic to hear that hot off the heels of the success of the English sparkling wine made from vines grown in Great Windsor Park we will now be able to try gin made from botanicals grown in grounds of Buckingham Palace.
“We couldn’t really ask for a better ambassador for these great British drinks than Her Majesty the Queen.
“Last year British gin sales, at home and abroad, reached a record breaking £3.2 billion. The new royal gin adds another jewel in the crown amongst an established collection of highly sought-after quality British gin brands.”
Buckingham Palace Gin is priced at £40 for a 70cl bottle, with all profits going to the Royal Collection Trust, which maintains and displays the large collection of royal artefacts held in trust by the Queen for her heirs and the nation.
The Trust is said to be facing financial difficulties following the lockdown measures as a result of Covid-19. It is currently offering voluntary redundancies among its 650 staff and it has taken out a loan to the value of £22million, after predicting losses of £30million over the next year because of the closure of its sites during the pandemic.