A GUIDE TO GILBEY'S
HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Renowned for its smooth taste, that can be enjoyed on its own, or in a mixer, Gilbey’s is a firm favourite of gin lovers here on the African continent, and Kenya, in particular.
Its popular appeal can be traced all the way back to Camden Town, London in 1872 when two brothers Walter and Alfred Gilbey set out to create a consistent, affordable, and appealing gin that could find favour around the world. 151 years later, their beloved brand has accomplished all of that, and
To achieve its appealing taste profile, Gilbey’s is column-distilled to produce a high quality grain-neutral spirit which is then infused with a secret recipe of twelve botanicals including Juniper, Citrus, Coriander and Angelica.
Gilbey’s is renowned for its citrus notes - particularly orange, and this signature note makes it really stand out from many other gins. With Gilbey’s being such an aromatic gin, it works particularly well in Martinis and G&T’s. However, it can be easily be enjoyed neat and chilled, on the rocks or in an array of cocktail mixes.
60ml Gilbey’s Gin
150ml Tonic Water
- Combine Ingredients over ice in a tall glass.
- Garnish with a wedge of fresh orange or lemon.
(18.67g of alcohol per serving)
- Gilbey’s contains a ‘secret recipe’ of 12 flavourful ingredients to give it that famous Gilbey’s taste.
- Gin and Tonic's popularity is relatively new compared to other mixed drinks. While consumers started by mixing gin with water or soda, the popularity of tonic water has quickly grown and widely adopted, often served with a lemon garnish for added flavour. Tonic water contains quinine, which was originally drunk to counteract the effects of malaria in the Victorian era. Despite its bitter taste, quinine blends perfectly with the juniper flavor of gins like Gilbey's.
- The label features a mythical winged dragon-like creature upon it, called a Wyvern. The Wyvern symbol has been associated with English Royalty for over a thousand years.
- Walter Gilbey was a friend of the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) and we suspect the use of the Wyvern is a nod towards their friendship, loyalty and the English origin of the Gin.
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