Whitley Neill’s solid foundation Gin infused with quince for a powerfully fruit-forward Spirit.
John James Whitley Neill comes from a family of eight generations of distillers, and he is a direct descendant of Thomas Greenall. If you are reading this from just about anywhere in the UK, you might instantly recognize that the Greenall name has been associated with distilling in England — Gin in particular — for 250 years. As a child, he happened upon a cache of bottles in his Grandmother’s storage, all full and labeled with the family name. This experience inspired him to take up the family tradition.
All Whitley Neill Spirits are distilled in a single, small-format, 100-year-old, copper-pot still — the oldest operating still in the UK. They shun the "continuous distillation" process that ramps up volume, choosing to start and finish one batch at a time.
Whitley Neill boasts no fewer than twelve specialty Gins. Building upon their solid foundation Gin formula, Whitley Neill Quince Handcrafted Gin is infused with juniper, coriander, cassia, orris root, angelica, liquorice, orange, lemon and — of course — Turkish quince. And while this is a perfectly satisfying sipper, at 43% ABV we think it shines in a G&T and brings new dimensions to Martinis and the French 75 cocktail.
The quince is the only member of the genus Cydonia. There is simply nothing else like it. But it is second cousin to apples and pears. But unlike its cousins, it can take the heat and was grown for its fruit from antiquity in the fertile crescent from the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and into ancient Judea.