Plymouth Gin uses 170 year old recipe for latest edition

Plymouth Gin has launched Mr King’s 1842 Recipe, the first special edition in a series of craft gins celebrating the spirit of exploration.

This re-imagined recipe from 1842 has been specially crafted by Plymouth’s master distiller to combine only two ingredients – orris root and juniper from a single harvest day in the mountains of Frontignano, Italy. Due to the hyper-local sourcing of the ingredients, Mr King’s 1842 Recipe is a one of a kind gin with only 2,000 cases produced, each holding a flavour that cannot be reproduced.

Master distiller Sean Harrison used his 20 years’ experience to replicate a recipe and distillation process that was found in the vaults at the Plymouth Black Friars distillery – the oldest gin distillery in England.

The new craft gin has been created with juniper from a single hillside in Frontignano, Italy, after Plymouth uncovered the original sales record that linked the purchase of juniper to the region over 170 years ago.

Master distiller Sean Harrison said: “Mr King’s 1842 Recipe is a truly one-off craft gin that we will never be able to recreate again. Even if we were to visit the same Italian hillside next year, the climate and harvest conditions would affect the juniper resulting in a different taste profile. At a time when other brands are using many different botanicals throughout the distillation process, Mr King’s 1842 Recipe focuses on just two and the result is something very special.”

A limited run of Mr King’s 1842 Recipe is available to purchase online at and in store at The Whisky Exchange, Covent Garden and Fitzrovia with an RRP £45.50.

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