COLD partners with Nichol to create new gin

20th October, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

The City of London Distillery has teamed up with retired Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol to create the new Christopher Wren Gin.


COLD owner Jonathan Clark and retired Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol celebrate the launch of Christopher Wren Gin

Named in honour of Sir Christopher Wren, the famous architect who transformed the City of London and designed St Paul’s Cathedral in the 1600s, the gin is made with five botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice and sweet orange.

It is produced in small batches at the City of London Distillery (COLD), based in London’s historic Sqaure Mile.

“Tom was top of the list to work with when we decided to create a new gin”, said Jonathan Clark, owner of COLD.  “His expertise and knowledge is unrivalled, and together we explored a range of combinations of botanicals before landing on this superb recipe.”

Nichol announced that he would be retiring as master distiller of Diageo’s Tanqueray gin this summer after 42 years in the industry. He was honoured with The Gin Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award in May.

“With just five botanicals we have created a complex gin that balances quality and flavour and offers a gin that is quintessentially English with architecture as beautiful as St Paul’s itself,” said Nichol.

The gin, presented in a bottle that features an image of St Paul’s Cathedral, will be officially launched at an event attended by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of the City of London next week.

In November last year, COLD added Square Mile Gin to its portfolio, which uses eight botanicals to create a “great citrus” flavour and “rounded” gin.

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