The Shipwright’s Daughter in Mystic, in collaboration with Highclere Castle Gin, hosted a holiday cocktail party on Dec. 29. Guests enjoyed a special tasting of Highclere Castle Gin’s limited-edition barrel-aged gin, led by Connecticut-based brand Co-founder and CEO Adam von Gootkin. Highclere Castle Barrel Aged Gin was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter and George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, the great-grandfather of Highclere Castle Gin’s Co-founder, the 8th Earl of the castle. The gold bottle, designed in partnership with renowned Egyptologists John and Colleen Darnell, includes an approximation of “Highclere Castle” in hieroglyphics and holds a limited-edition expression featuring the botanicals grown in the castle’s herb gardens and barrel-aged in French Armagnac casks, Scotch and American whiskey barrels. The barrels lend notes of honey, smoke and citrus to the gin’s blend of juniper, orange peel, lime flower, lavender and Highclere’s estate-grown oats. Highclere Castle Barrel Aged Gin is the brand’s second expression, released for the 2022 holiday season with only 2,000 cases produced. It is only made available to consumers through the brand’s website. Multi-award-winning Highclere Castle Gin, a London Dry Gin, is distributed in Connecticut through Allan S. Goodman and Mancini Beverage – Northeast Beverage.
Photos courtesy of Highclere Castle Gin.