THE POLO PLAYERS’ CHOICE SMALL BATCH ORGANIC GIN CRAFTED BY ARTISANS
The mid 1800s, saw increasing tensions in far flung parts of the British Empire, which led to a huge influx of British soldiers into India in 1857. This in turn, created a large demand for quinine which was used to treat British troops suffering from malaria.
As quinine in its raw form had a very bitter taste, it was supplied in Indian tonic water, to soften the quinine. It was around this time that British Army Officers began to mix their gin ration with the daily dose of tonic water to distinguish themselves from the men... and in doing so, the original gin and tonic was born.
Two years later in 1859, the same group of British Army Officers started playing polo in Silchar with Colonel Sherer founding the first British sponsored polo club in Silchar in the same year. Winston Churchill would go on to recall of his Bangalore days in the 4th Hussars that, “the hour of Polo was the hour for which we lived all day long” adding that “a polo handicap is your passport to the world.” Our founder, Richard Hine, established the above in November 2015 and as such we strongly suggest that Britain, Polo and Gin are all inextricably linked; hence our creation, British Polo Gin, the polo players' choice.
WHY BRITISH POLO GIN IS SO GOOD?
Founder, and polo player, Richard Hine, identified in November 2015 that there was a gap in the market for a 100% organic gin. The gin had to be smooth enough to be drunk on the rocks, but still retain the classic gin flavour, which is crucial to allow it to cut through tonic. It was important to achieve this because it allows the gin to be very versatile to both the end consumer and also to bars. The 100% organic provenance marks British Polo Gin out from the rest of the artisan gin market for all of the right reasons. To be the UK’s leading organic gin offering comes at a price and a price that Richard felt, was worth paying a premium for. To achieve these goals we have used the below techniques which prove to be real talking points with consumers:
Organic Botanicals and Base Alcohol
As all consumers know, organic credentials in what we eat and drink, are increasingly important to us all. To this end, by using 100% organic botanicals in British Polo Gin®, the ‘chemically’ taste that is often found in mass produced gins is avoided.
This means that the gin is exceptionally smooth, full of flavour and does not have the sharp alcoholic ‘smack’ that many gins on the market have.
Mixed with 100% Organic Natural Spring Water
The gin comes out of the still at 98% proof and therefore has to be watered down to 42.7% abv. Most distilleries will use distilled water, (commonly derived from tap water), which in British Polo Gin’s opinion, completely dilutes the flavour of the spirit. By using pure spring water, drawn from the land surrounding the distillery itself, distillers are actually building a unique flavour, rather than diluting it.
All of the alcohol is distilled from sugar beet. This is really important as it gives the gin an exceptionally smooth, rounded and faintly sweet finish to British Polo Gin®. It also means that the gin is gluten free!
Batches of just 150 bottles are very important as it allows for unique quality control in the distilling process. As soon as the distillate becomes pure, bottling can begin.
"A delicious soft subtle gin with a sweet juniper mouthfeel, orange peel and fresh herbs."
BEST SERVED WITH FRESH LEMON, MINT & SLICES OF STRAWBERRY
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