Mermaid Gin expands sustainable rangeBy Georgie Pursey
The Isle of Wight Distillery has added a limited edition Mermaid Zest Gin to its portfolio of sustainable spirits.
Mermaid Zest Gin is the fourth addition to the range which includes Mermaid Gin, a pink gin and a vodka.
Bottled at 40% ABV, Mermaid Zest Gin is produced in harmony with the island’s coastal elements, using foraged rock samphire and wild foraged rosemary.
The gin is subtly enhanced with grapefruit and cascade hops, and gently infused with bergamot and lemon zest to produce light yet complex zesty notes with a subtle sweetness and herbaceousness.
Xavier Baker, the brand’s co-founder, said: “Mermaid Zest Gin is a blend of citrus and herbaceous ingredients, with our signature ‘hint of sea air’ from foraged rock samphire.
“It’s an exciting new addition to our gin portfolio, demonstrating great versatility and delicious served as a gin and Mediterranean tonic or in a more complex cocktail.”
The gin is produced in the village of Seaview at the Isle of Wight Distillery, the only distillery on the island.
The distillery focuses on minimising waste using ethically and often locally sourced ingredients to create its spirits.
The new gin is presented in a striking emerald green scaled bottle, in line with the rest of the Mermaid spirit range.
The plastic-free bottle has been crafted from recyclable glass and features a sustainably sourced natural cork stopper and tamper-proof seal made from corn and potato starch, which composts in food waste recycling within six to 12 weeks.
The label on the neck of the bottle is made from recyclable, biodegradable paper, whilst the bottle is also reusable and recyclable.
Mermaid Zest is offered at an RRP £39.90 (US$49.77) from John Lewis and Isle of Wight Distillery.
In August 2021, the Isle of Wight distillery debuted its first ready-to-drink product, a canned gin and tonic.