Twisted Nose Watercress Dry Gin
- Dry Gin
- England, 700ml
An excellent craft London dry, distinctive and full of flavour. On the palate, crisp grapefruit comes through clean, adorned by the lively fennel and subtle floral hints. Bold pepper appears further on. To finish, rather long and full, with citrus lasting until the end.
- Type: London Dry Gin
- Region: Winchester, England
- Alcohol: 40%
- Volume: 700ml
- Goes with: Ice, premium tonic, citrus and/or fresh mint garnish
Twisted Nose Gin is beautifully packaged and is made in very small batches in traditional copper stills. The botanical selection includes juniper, grapefruit zest, cassia bark, fennel seed, orris, angelica, lavender and, most notably, locally-grown watercress. The humble watercress offers a delicate sweetness and peppery sparkle to this wonderful London Dry gin. The name comes from the word the Romans used for watercress, "Nasturtium", which means twisted nose.
A micro distillery based in the cathedral city of Winchester. Nestling at the western end of the South Downs Way, surrounded by the rolling Hampshire countryside, clear chalk streams and watercress beds for which the county is known, you will find Winchester Distillery, home of Twisted Nose Watercress Gin.
Launched by Paul Bowler in 2014 from his small home kitchen in central Winchester, and now based a few miles outside the town in Old Alresford, Winchester Distillery is home to hand-crafted premium spirits using traditional methods and botanicals sourced from the surrounding landscape, such as watercress, lavender and coriander.
A former software developer, Paul left behind his career and daily commute to London to pursue his love for gin and to become more involved in the local community. Despite living in Winchester for years, Paul felt like a visitor in his hometown and wanted that to change.
Initially selling gin at Hampshire Farmers’ Markets and through local pubs and restaurants meant that Paul got to know more and more locals who were also passionate about their food and drink. Those people, to who we owe thanks for helping us get where we are today, are still loyal supporters and many have become friends along the way.
The journey in creating what is now the distillery’s signature gin, Twisted Nose, was not an easy one. In fact, it wasn’t until recipe 84 that Paul was satisfied he had achieved what he had set out to make – an intensely herbaceous yet delicately floral spirit with soft sweet citrus notes and spicy undertones finishing with a peppery sparkle.
The ten botanicals, including juniper and locally grown watercress, are distilled slowly to maintain the freshness and delicate aromas and the result is an intense, fragrant and refreshing gin. The name ‘Twisted Nose’ comes from the translation of the Latin name for watercress – nasturtium officinale. It is thought that the spicy, peppery leaves were bestowed this moniker after the effect on ones nose after eating them!
Since those early days Paul has gone on to win awards for Twisted Nose Gin, and distilling, bottling and packing is now a team effort. Two further ranges of spirits have also been created; Hampshire Gin and Winchester Dry Gin. Under the Hampshire Gin label there is a navy strength Gunpowder Gin, an Old Tom Gin as well as limited edition seasonal releases such as Spring Meadow and Summer Garden, made using locally picked cherry blossom and summer fruits.
- Gold - 2020 The Gin Masters (The Spirits Business) - London Dry
- Double Gold - 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition - Design
- Worlds Best Design - 2020 World Gin Awards
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