Named after Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw who picked the rich pockets of Nottingham in an unbidden and undoubtedly jail-worthy act of wealth distribution, Sir Robin of Locksley Gin is a Yorkshire spirit with a tale to tell.
John Cherry first got the urge to open his own distillery in September 2006. He was working in the US at the time, and the craft scene there was starting to stir to life as distilling laws relaxed. He was already fully ensconced in the booze industry, having worked as a buyer in the wine and spirits industry, so – despite a distinct lack of distilling know how – the idea wasn’t straight out of left field.
For Cherry, it was always going to be Gin. “As a fan of all things booze, and being in the business, there were many directions I could have taken at the start,” he explains, “but since my Gran introduced me to it back in the mid 80s I’ve always loved Gin."
Initially, Sir Robin of Locksley Gin was made at Thames but in March 2017 his mailbox clattered open to deliver HMRC approval. Since then, all distillation has taken place at Cherry’s distillery in Portland Works, a cooperative in Sheffield filled to the rafters with craft makers.
This is their answer to all the insipid pink “gins” that are out there at the the moment, most of which are really badly produced, many with artificial flavourings & colourants. It’s their flagship Sir Robin, infused with around 30 raspberries per bottle, giving it a wonderful depth of flavour & colour. They have then added a separate distillation of cardamom to give it more dimension & complexity. It’s a full strength infused gin, but it gets some sweetness from the fruit. Because they use real fruit with only a light filtration, there are some fine fruit particles that make it through into the bottle.
Juniper berries, cassia, dandelion, pink grapefruit, coriander, angelica, liquorice. Infused with raspberries and cardamom.
Fresh red fruit, leafy herbs, nutmeg and coriander heat. Juniper leads, followed by raspberry sweetness and floral aroma. A depth of complexity is added through the spiced effect of cardamom. Refreshing.
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Name Sir Robin of Locksley Raspberry & Cardamom Gin Country England Region Sheffield, South Yorkshire ABV% 40.5% Size 700ml Dietary Information No