What's so special about Bledington's Old Orchard Gin?
Created especially for Bledington Shop, Bledington Old Orchard Gin is gently flavoured with local Bledington botanicals. It uses the rare Bledington Lady's Finger Apple, rosemary and is distilled locally.
The essence of Old Orchard Gin grew from its roots in the small Cotswold village in which it was conceived.
The apple, Lady's Finger of Bledington, remains on the tree long after the leaves have fallen, just as Old Orchard’s flavour lingers delightfully. Our heritage apple was saved from the brink of extinction in wartime England by Bledingtonian Albert Harris and connects our gin to the village in a truly special way.
The gin’s essential juniper base is enriched with a combination of local botanicals including rosemary and Lady's Finger of Bledington apples. The result is a refreshingly unique traditional dry gin.
Carefully handmade in small batches to ensure premium quality, steeped with our secret blend of botanicals, combined with water purified over millennia through the Cotswold hills - Old Orchard Gin is a celebration of Bledington’s history and evolution
This means a great taste, perfect for your Gin & Tonic or a Christmas gift.
This rare gin was designed exclusively for Bledington Shop and has been made in a limited edition.
Read more below:
What are the secret ingredients in Old Orchard Gin?
The Story of The Bledington Lady's Finger Apple
Rosemary - Herbs grown in Bledington
The Rosemary plant or its oil have been used in folk medicine in the belief it may have medicinal effects. Rosemary was considered sacred to ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. In Don Quixote (Part One, Chapter XVII), the fictional hero uses rosemary in his recipe for balm of fierabras.
The plant has been used as a symbol for remembrance during war commemorations and funerals in Europe and Australia. Mourners would throw it into graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead. In Australia, sprigs of rosemary are worn on ANZAC Day and sometimes Remembrance Day to signify remembrance; the herb grows wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where many Australians died during World War I.
In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia says, "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember." It can also be found in Shakespeare's Winter's Tale in Act 4 Scene 4, where Perdita talks about "Rosemary and Rue". Source: Wikipedia
Wood Brothers Distilling
Created by brothers Ed and Charlie the distillery was born when they combined their love for the land and experience in distilling. With the distillery based on the farm this ensures that they have absolute control on the whole process from their fields to your bottle. Wood Brothers Distilling