Harrogate's Slingsby Gin wins silver at San Francisco World Spirits

Slingsby Gin. (Picture by www.tomjoy.co.uk)
Slingsby Gin. (Picture by www.tomjoy.co.uk)
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A Harrogate drinks emporium is flavour of the moment after its artisan gin in tribute to one of the town's historic founding figures triumphed in the world gin awards in the USA.

Spirit of Harrogate, which is located on Montpellier Parade in Harrogate, is celebrating its ultra-premium, London Dry Gin won the silver award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Called Slingsby Gin, the small batch gin in its distinctive blue glass bottle, was named after William Slingsby who was instrumental in creating the town's spa reputation after discovering natural spring water in Harrogate's Tewit Well in 1571.

Marcus Black, co-founder and joint managing director of Slingsby Gin, said: “We take pride in being recognised at such a global scale.

"Each ingredient and element has been lovingly and expertly combined with our home of Harrogate at the very heart of the gin and so thanks must go to our hardworking team and partners, including Rudding Park and the local bars and restaurants, who have really got behind and supported us with our launch."

Launched in September last year, Slingsby Gin is made with only the finest natural and locally sourced botanicals, Harrogate aquifer water and pure single grain spirit.

Slingsby Gin is bottled at 42% ABV and presented in a hand-finished bespoke 70cl blue glass bottle, inspired by a 19th century chemist shop bottle.

The key botanicals are locally-grown plants that are synonymous with the beautiful and restorative nature of Harrogate and half of Slingsby Gin’s 24 botanicals have been grown in Harrogate’s Rudding Park Hotel kitchen garden.

The spring water is sourced from the spa town’s world famous aquifer.

Marcus Black, co-founder and joint managing director of Slingsby Gin, said: “We take pride in being recognised at such a global scale.

"Each ingredient and element has been lovingly and expertly combined with our home of Harrogate at the very heart of the gin and so thanks must go to our hardworking team and partners, including Rudding Park and the local bars and restaurants, who have really got behind and supported us with our launch."

Customers at Spirit of Harrogate on Montpellier Parade are invited to sample the ‘Slingsby Experience’, where they can relax, socialise, sample the shop’s range of flavoured gins and over 30 tonics and buy the Slingsby Gin.