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The Cambridge Distillery
Cambridge Distillery was co-founded by William Lowe, the world’s first – and only – person to be both a Master of Wine (MW) and master distiller. Here, William and his small team craft a range of notably innovative gins, including Anty Gin (“the world’s first insect-based gin”) and Watenshi (“the world’s most exclusive gin”). The latter is produced using a proprietary technique of fractional condensation: to make a single bottle requires 50 individual still-runs. They use only fresh botanicals, processing them as and when they are in season and reserving the distilled liquid for later blending – and treating each ingredient separately. In all, there are nine individual variables per ingredient here. Considering that they work with hundreds of individual ingredients, the possibilities are virtually endless.
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Frustrated by losing a few millilitres of each distillation run to the heavens, Will Lowe MW – master distiller at Cambridge Gin – set out to capture this quintessence, and, in doing so, foil some thirsty angels. Watenshi is created solely from those miniscule, hyper-evaporative essences and the effect on the palate is nothing short of sensational. To market-leading gins, Watenshi is Sir Lewis Hamilton’s greatest racing thoroughbred to Fred Flintstones’ Flintmobile – supreme, invigorating, almost unimaginably refined.
Rob Whitehead, Spirits Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (March 2023)
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