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Introducing Organic Liverpool Gin

Belvedere pub and local brewery behind first distillery in memory

Published on July 5th 2013.

Introducing Organic Liverpool Gin

GIN is the quintessential British spirit, a favourite of the Queen, and also mother's ruin. 

For despite its upmarket Martini image for many, it is a drink that makes others mope. Who among us has not quaffed a vast amount of gin at a wedding and felt and acted on an inexplicable urge to start singing Patsy Clein's Crazy? 

Now Liverpool is to get its first gin distillery since the time of excitable sailors – and it's an organic one too. 

Organic Liverpool Gin is being produced by Belvedere pub landlord John O'Dowd in a joint venture with Liverpool Organic Brewery.

Organic Livepool Gin %281%29Shaken not stirred: John O'DowdThe new still is based in Kirkdale and will be producing a “super premium” product made from organic spirit and organic botanicals, including, of course, the juniper berry. 

In times gone by, all the big port cities produced their own gin. British troops fighting in the Low Countries during the Thirty Years' War were given 'Dutch Courage' during the long campaigns in the damp weather through the warming properties of gin. Eventually they started bringing it back home with them, where already it was often sold in chemists' shops. Distillation was taking place in a small way in England, but it now began on a greater scale, though the quality was often very dubious.

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Nevertheless, the new drink became a firm favourite with the poor, so much so that in the 18th century, Lord Hervey declared: "Drunkenness of the common people was universal, the whole town of London swarmed with drunken people from morning till night."

William Hogarth in his 'Gin Lane', an engraving of about this period, portrays a scene of idleness, vice and misery, leading to madness and death.” And we all remember the Mathew Street Festival. 

For a pub best known for its real ale drinkers, they do pour a very classy gin and tonic in the Belvedere these days and the Organic Liverpool Gin, refreshing and deliciously dry, is set to become a feature in bars around the city.

Organic Liverpool GinOrganic Liverpool Gin

Organic Livepool Gin %288%29At the tastingConfidential was invited to a gin tasting at the Belvedere, in Sugnall Street, last week where our operatives learned much about the various subtle signatures of gins from Holland, Scandinavia and London as they worked their way through the Gin-nasium and some of the 30 different labels the pub stocks from around the world.

Unfortunately  they “lost their notes". Or, to put it another way: “Little nips of whisky, little drops of gin, Make a lady wonder where on earth she's bin.”

Nevertheless landlord John will tell you all you need to know if you pass by.

Organic Liverpool Gin will retail at £38 a bottle and goes on sale at the end of July. 

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32 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Kiki PolglaseJuly 6th 2013.

Sounds very nice, but.....painful price !? x

Alex KingJuly 6th 2013.

£38 a bottle... are they mad? I dare say it will be very good but at that price i suspect very few people will find out.

SaladDazeJuly 6th 2013.

Mother's ruin. At least it was for mine.

Absinthe & TurksJuly 7th 2013.

It's a similar price to Cadenhead's Old Raj Gin which is sadly unavailable south of the Scottish border. It's not cheap but it's a lot less ridiculous than people happily paying for high-priced 'designer' vodka which is just ethanol and water. There's a lot more goes into gin. It's horses for courses; some people on this thread are more in the market for the Tesco "juniper-style" drink at £4.99 a bottle.

Geoff CottrellOctober 20th 2013.

We tried Liverpool Organic gin yesterday evening and it puts all other gins we've tried in the shade!! Fantastic!!

Eric WallNovember 24th 2013.

Tried this last night. Fab. But where can I buy it

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JayjayApril 17th 2014.

There is nothing quite like a G&T sitting outside either at home or in a bar on a summer evening. I'm from Liverpool. Why have I never heard of Liverpool Gin? Can anyone tell me which bar(s) sell this gin and also is it possible to buy a bottle in a shop, supermarket or online even. Thanks

AnonymousApril 17th 2014.

Contact the Belvedere Pub or Liverpool organic brewery

AnonymousApril 26th 2014.

On a recent visit to Liverpool to sample some of the best pubs in the country we popped into the Belvedere " where my wife and her friend sampled the gin. They liked it so much we went back again a couple of times before returning home with a bottle in tow. This is a cracking gin.

John BradleyApril 26th 2014.

Apparently there have been 3 comments since my last comment. Though my last comment has been deleted. So just to repeat, organic hahaha, the only thing Organic about this is the Ethanol. Confidence trick meaningless twaddle. May taste nice, but comes from an industrial process distillation.

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