Restoring the spirit of Harrogate
Here at Slingsby Gin, we are incredibly proud of our Yorkshire heritage and we celebrate that with the story of William Slingsby and Harrogate's spa town history but also with the ingredients in our gin.
You may already be aware that we use rhubarb from the Rhubarb Triangle in Wakefield, and that our gooseberries and blackberries are from a farm in York, but what about our botanicals? Firstly, if you didn't know, all gins are made up of a unique blend of botanicals. Juniper is the most common one, but out of the 24 carefully selected botanicals used in our award-winning gins, the majority of them are grown in our home town of Harrogate. They're not just grown anywhere in Harrogate either, but at the award-winning Rudding Park Hotel in their kitchen gardens.
Locally grown, quality ingredients
If you didn't already know, Rudding Park is set in the picturesque countryside of North Yorkshire and just a stone’s throw away from the town centre. It's a beautiful place (try and visit if you can!) and the perfect place for our botanicals to flourish.
If you are ever there, head into the gardens where you will most likely find Fiona. She is the Head Gardener at Rudding and will be able to point you in the direction of our signature botanicals. In there, you will find 12 of the ones used in our gins, including the likes of primrose, thyme, sweet cicely, sage and some others that all come together with a handful of other ingredients that make the gin you all know and love.
Here's our Head Mixologist Alex with Rudding Park's Head Gardener Fiona!
Want to hear more from Alex and hear about his fascinating gin knowledge? Tune into this previous episode of the Rudding Park 'Pillow Talk' podcast here - you are in for a treat!