Buckingham Palace Now Has Its Very Own Gin
Scotch may be the most valuable spirit available in the United Kingdom (or anywhere for that matter), but down south in England, gin reigns supreme. Even Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly proclaimed her love of a gin and Dubonnet, and now, the British monarchy's famed London home, Buckingham Palace, has a London dry gin to call its own: Buckingham Palace Gin.
The new "small-batch" spirit has been added to the Royal Collection Trust Shop—home to other royalty-approved booze like Buckingham Palace wine and champagne—with proceeds supporting the vast Royal Collection art collection. The shop explains that, fittingly, this gin "has a unique royal origin, with many of its citrus and herbal notes sourced from botanicals gathered in the Buckingham Palace Gardens." And specifically, the description states, "Lemon, verbena, hawthorn berries and mulberry leaves are among the 12 botanicals hand-picked for the gin in the Gardens at Buckingham Palace, which span 16 hectares and provide a habitat for 30 species of bird and over 250 species of wild flower."
For further bragging rights, the gin will also reportedly be served at official events at Buckingham Palace—though whether the Queen herself will be sipping on this tipple wasn't explicitly stated. If enjoyed at home, the shop writes that "the recommended serving method is to pour a measure of the gin into an ice-filled short tumbler before topping up with tonic and garnishing with a slice of lemon." Or, to put it in the parlance of the commoners, throw it in a bloomin' G&T.
A 700-milliliter bottle clocks in a 42 percent ABV with a retail price of £40—or about $50. Sadly, however, for Anglophiles beyond the British Isles, the gin is only available for U.K. delivery due to "international shipping restrictions." Fingers crossed: Maybe we can get this sorted out as part of our post-Brexit trade agreement?
Meanwhile, if it's novelty British gins you're after, you do have another cheeky option in the United States: Last year, Harrogate Tipple launched its Downton Abbey Premium English Gin. That's still on sale on both sides of the pond, also at about $50 a bottle.