Featured / General Gardening / April 23, 2024

Limited Edition Taihaku Blossom Gin Launched

Home to the world’s largest collection of Taihaku cherry blossom trees, now in full bloom, The Alnwick Garden is introducing a sip of spring with its limited edition Cherry Blossom gin.

Following the success of its Poison Garden gin, released last year, The Alnwick Garden has released 250 bottles of the special beverage for enthusiasts and collectors to enjoy.

Inspired by The Garden’s beautiful landscape of 329 Taihaku trees, which bloom every spring, the gin encapsulates the blossom’s key floral botanicals with notes of citrus, elderflower and ginger – perfectly paired with a classic tonic or soda so the fruity undertones take centre stage.

Victoria Watson, strategic head of catering, retail and hospitality at The Alnwick Garden, said: “The Taihaku cherry blossom is synonymous with Japan, where ‘Hanami’ is celebrated every spring and people gather to enjoy the ‘transient beauty of flowers’. 

“In Japan, cherry blossoms have a deep cultural significance, representing exquisite beauty and the fragility of life.

“By capturing the floral taste and smell of flowers in the gin, we hope to bring the magic of the orchard to life.”

Produced by the award-winning distillery, Durham Distillers, the limited edition gin is a sensory journey of unique flavour and is available to buy from The Alnwick Garden gift shop for £35 per bottle.

Ioanna Chatzi, head distiller at Durham Distilleries, said: “By making this one-off gin, we’ll bring a taste of the Japanese Hanami spring festival to gin lovers across the UK.

“Inspired by the celebration, during which people gather to appreciate nature and enjoy cherry blossom-themed dishes, this drink is a great way to pay homage to the orchard and its ethereal beauty.”

The Cherry Blossom Gin is available to buy now at www.thepinery.co.uk, at The Alnwick Garden Shop, and available to order at The Treehouse Restaurant.