Bold and intense start. Nice floral notes, some lemon and lavender. Bright and pronounced. It is dry with some fine floral notes, particularly dried flowers, and herbs. It is very bold with a nice composition of flavours playing along a creamy palate
Turns dry but refreshing at the same time on a long finish
The inspiration for G.H.Q. Spirits came from founder James McNeill’s love of books and movies, and the stories his granny would tell from when she was a dispatch rider in the second world war. It was a time when people faced absolute horror, but they banded together and got through it with the aid of a good stiff drink at the end of the day. A time of community and friendship, a nod to the past when people supported each other in the face of adversity by being there for one another.
London Dry Gin
London Dry Gin is both a flavour profile and a production method. London Dry Gins tend to follow the traditional, classic flavour of piney juniper, citrus and spice. Alongside juniper, botanicals in London Dry Gin often include orris root, angelica root, cassia bark, citrus peel and coriander, among the core botanicals. The result is a dry gin that features piney juniper along with bursts of citrus and warming spice and earthy, dry notes from use of botanicals such as cassia bark and coriander. Nothing synthetic can be added like flavourings or colours and nothing can be added post distillation apart from water and a tiny amount of sugar meaning all flavours come from distillation.
James was about to develop a new site in the City of London for G.H.Q. with its own brand-led spirits when the pandemic broke out. So he flipped the business plan on its head and set out to create and launch the gin in Scotland. Based in Angus and with family ties to the North East, it was a natural step to partner with Lost Loch Spirits for development and production of G.H.Q. Spirits, which officially launched in November 2020.