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Review

Tottering Sharpener Gin

Distillery

Produced for “Tottering-by-Gently” by Foxdenton Estate Company Ltd., Winslow, Buckinghamshire (and made by Thames Distillers Ltd., Clapham, London), England, UK.

Website

Park Lane Champagne and Foxdenton Estate.

History

“Tottering-by-Gently” is a cartoon strip by Annie Tempest and has been published in the monthly UK magazine “Country Life” since 1993. It is based around the fictitious absent minded and tipsy Lord (Dicky) and Lady (Daffy) Tottering of Tottering Hall. It portrays the idiosyncratic social interactions of their aristocratic English country life including family, Labrador dogs, horses, guns and bottles of drink. Across the years this has developed into a worldwide merchandising business: Tottering have books, cards, prints and other such products, plus the “Butler’s Pantry” at Park Lane Champagne (part of Tottering) market branded Tottering drinks.

Foxdenton Estate Company Ltd is a small family business established in 1935 by Major Charles Radclyffe. This was envisaged as a way to further commercialize his ancestral Estate of Foxdenton based in Lancashire, which had been in the family since 1367. In 1923 the Foxdenton Estate was leased to the local council who permitted public access to the grounds. In 1960 the house itself was sold to the local council and is now a tourist attraction. The business was taken over by his son Alexander Radclyffe and in 2001 his son the present owner, Nicholas Radclyffe, inherited the family business.

Thames Distillers is run by Charles Maxwell. He is the 8th generation of the family (founders of the Finsbury Distillery) who have been producing Gin since 1700 – making them the oldest unbroken lineage in Gin distillation.

This Gin was launched in the late spring of 2012.

Production

The Gin is presented in a clear squat cylindrical bottle with rounded shoulders and a black wax sealed top. It has a large white label with a colored cartoon picture of Lord & Lady Tottering “clinking” glasses together.

Category

London Dry Gin.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

45% (90 Proof).

Price Range

$$$$$. Not available in the USA. It can be found online from Master of Malt in the UK, but add around another 45% for shipping.

Botanicals

Unknown.

Name

Named after the fictitious Tottering Hall and the Gin’s usage with tonic water as a G&T pre-appetizer or “sharpener” prior to dinner.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is a nice aroma of juniper, peppery spice and citrus with fresh herbaceous notes in the background. On the palate is dry earthy and woody juniper plus peppery spice (cardamom), with hints of zesty citrus. On the long close is continuing juniper and peppery spice with a return to the grassy fresh herbaceous notes on the finish. A very nice rounded traditional London Dry Gin.

This can be drunk neat as a sipping Gin, but is certainly more at home in a Gin and Tonic where the strong juniper is nicely tamed and is suited to a lime (or lemon) garnish. In a Martini the juniper and vermouth are well matched with good peppery spice and citrus notes adding to the overall suitability. This is a Gin lover’s spirit and doesn’t disappoint.

We can’t help thinking this is very similar to Foxdenton 48 Gin, especially since it’s produced by the same people. It is possible this is purely Foxdenton 48 diluted with additional water to bring it down to the lower 45% ABV; if not then the botanical recipe and proportions used have only seen slight adjustments to make this Gin – although not having tasted them side-by-side we are happy to be proven wrong. Either way both can stand erect by themselves as being noble quality offerings to the world of Gin.

Awards & Accolades

Unknown.



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