Berkshire Botanical Gin was launched in 2019 by Johnny Neill, founder of the Whitley Neill Gin brand in 2005 and also Mary-le-bone Gin. The Berkshire Botanical distillery is produced on the 9,000 acre Yattendon Estate in West Berkshire (the largest grower of Christmas trees in the UK), having moved from originally distilling with the a copper pot still named Harry in the Royal Oak Pub & Hotel in the heart of Yattendon. The Berkshire Botanical philosophy is to create sustainable botanical spirits inspired by the botanicals growing on the Yattendon Estate, and Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin takes inspiration from the Christmas tree growing by featuring Norway Spruce.
Johnny explains, "The inspiration behind this gin is the countryside in the area where I live. When we started looking to move out of London several years ago we visited Yattendon and absolutely fell in love with the area. We moved to Frilsham on the Yattendon Estate initially and we’ve been in the area ever since."
"In 2021 we moved to a new site and installed our 200 litre pot still. My favourite bit about the brand is our focus on nature around the Yattendon estate and the animals that adorn our bottles and walls of the distillery. We are incredibly excited to be working in partnership with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust to ensure that we are working to protect local wildlife and giving wildlife a voice."
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