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March 2016 / Food & Drink / by Becky Pomfret

TIME FOR A DIP?

Sometimes there’s nothing like a refreshing gin and tonic to take the edge off the end of a working day. Sometimes, you just want to look at something pretty to distract you from the real world. Now you can do both at the same time, and this pleases us greatly! Silent Pool Gin has surely the prettiest bottle (and matching glasses) that we’ve ever seen housing gin. It made us almost not want to open it, but hey, we’re only human, and it’s all in the name of hard-hitting research after all. Yes dear reader, we are drinking this for you.

The design of the bottle was created by design and innovation company Seymourpowell and features intricate and decorative silhouettes inspired by the darker side of folk and fairy tales. The story behind this bottle is a tragic one, involving a fair maiden, a deep lake, and an evil Prince John, resulting in the poor young lady drowning and now apparently haunting the Silent Pool at midnight. Did we mention you could visit, if you dare? The Silent Pool distillery is based on the Duke of Northumberland’s Albury estate in Surrey and the gin itself is produced with a unique blend of 24 botanicals. Fresh notes of citrus and kafir lime are grounded with the subtle sweetness of local honey, creating a well-balanced gin that is both traditional and refreshingly individual.

So you can have a lovely drink from a local distillery, and once the beautiful bottle is swiftly emptied, as it surely will be, display it as a piece of art, buy another one and start again.