Harrogate Tipple launches Downton Abbey spirits

Independent distillery to launch official Downton Abbey Gin and Whisky Range, using local ingredients from the fictional estate’s real-life setting

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 16.08.2019 | Food & Drink

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Harrogate Tipple has bottled an authentic taste of Downton Abbey’s post-Edwardian grandeur for a new licensed range of spirits.

The official Downton Abbey gin (43% abv) and whisky (40% abv) range will be produced in limited batches for sale in the UK and North America later this year, ahead of the forthcoming movie premiere in September.

The independent craft distillery has a unique connection to the show, located between the towns of Ripon, York and Harrogate, where the fictional Downton Abbey Estate is set. Harrogate Tipple has used botanicals from the gardens and Victorian hothouse of the nearby, 750-year-old Ripley Castle Estate to imbue each bottle with an authentic taste of the show’s milieu.

“We are excited to bring Downton Abbey to life for fans of the series with a range of authentic, high quality spirits that evokes the flavours and style of the show’s post-Edwardian era,” says Steven Green of Harrogate Tipple.

“We are the only distillery in the fictional Downton Abbey region, and we also have an ethos of super-local provenance and a quality first approach to distilling that Tom’s [Nichol, renowned master distiller and part owner] half a century of experience brings to all our products.”

Using botanicals and ingredients hand-selected to evoke the era of Downton, the premium gin with ginger, lime and rose water has been small batch distilled for export globally. Both the premium whisky and gin are made using Harrogate Spring Water, renowned for its quality and served in venues around the world.

“We’ve already secured stockists that will see the products available shortly in US major markets,” Stephen adds. “The products are being hand distilled in small batches and bottled here in Yorkshire, with Yorkshire spring water and botanicals, and that makes this a really authentic Downton Abbey range.”

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