Duck and Crutch Kensington Dry Gin

Duck and Crutch Kensington Dry Gin

  • Dry Gin
  • England, 700ml

This is an elegant and ridiculously cool dry gin. On the nose there are wisps of citrus pine then a flood of vanilla and tea with underlying earth and spice notes. On the palette citrus and pine notes lead into a pleasing dry middle with layers of warming spice that yield to a long subtle sweet linger. All the way through this gin is fresh yet creamy, moreish and seductive.

  • Distillery: Duck and Crutch
  • Type: Dry Gin
  • Region: London, England
  • Alcohol: 45%
  • Volume: 700ml
  • Other: Vegan-friendly
  • Goes with: Ice, premium tonic, fresh citrus (orange peel) and/or thyme or rosemary garnish

Duck and Crutch Gin is a hand-grafted London dry gin distilled from a tiny shed in Kensington, London. A punchy and distinctive gin that maintains its strong character when mixed. Distilled with Bourbon vanilla pod, Darjeeling tea, freshly peeled lemon, Spanish dry orange peel, Cardamom and Nutmeg. All underpinned by piney organic juniper. It is a warm and smooth gin that does not stray too far from the classic London dry character.

In late 2016, George Brooker and his girlfriend Hollie attended a gin experience afternoon and it was after this event they decided to take the plunge, quit their jobs in central London – George in management consultancy and Hollie in graphic design, and set up their own gin distillery in a tiny 6ft x 4ft shed in the garden of their lower ground floor London flat using a tiny 5 litre copper still called ‘Bunny’! As George says, they had a ‘F@!* IT, let’s do it moment’!!

With no experience in distilling, George and Hollie set about producing gin and through a year of trial and error and lots of tastings, Duck and Crutch was finally born. In deciding on the botanicals to use in their gin, they drew inspiration from other gins and foods they liked. So how did they decide on the name ‘Duck and Crutch’? Well, the first test run of their still was made on Hollie’s 27th birthday and duck and crutch is the bingo call for number 27!

With Hollie’s background in design, she single handedly designed, hand drew and created the copper foil labels, using hot foil embossing, which is a traditional printing technique, meaning each label has a slight variation and its own uniqueness.

Distilled using the ‘one shot’ distillation method. More costly and time consuming to produce but considered by purists to be the ‘right way’ to distil. Maybe this is why Duck and Crutch is slightly more expensive than a lot of other small batch gins, but I think the fact the gin is handmade, hand poured, hand labelled and waxed that the delicious gin, gorgeous bottle and the cute story behind this brand are well worth every penny!

In January 2019 George and Hollie ‘upgraded’ to a 12ft x 4 ft shed and with it installed 2 40 litre stills called ‘Bertie’ and ‘Agnes’, meaning that George could produce a decent amount of bottles in a single batch. The pair have now been joined by Meryl (their sausage dog!), who sometimes accompanies them around London making local deliveries!

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