Highgrove gin, named after the The Royal Gardens at Highgrove from which its herbal components were taken, is available to buy online. The price tag may be high for a bottle of gin at just under £40, but all proceeds from sales go towards the prince’s Charitable Fund.
The 40 percent-strength bottle was launched last month by ginmakers the Oxford Artisan Distillery.
As the distillery name suggests, the gin is made in Oxford using grain that is grown at the royal garden.
Seller Fortnum & Mason describes the bottle as “inspired by the gardens at Highgrove, the private residence of HRH The Prince of Wales.”
The gin is also available from the official website of the Highgrove Gardens, which provides further insight into the distilling process and taste profile.
Highgrove Gardens calls the spirit “a sensory treat for gin lovers” and recommends it is served with tonic and a slice of cucumber over ice.
The description adds: “The gin’s inspiration is from the botanicals grown in the gardens of Highgrove.
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Mr Mason said the end result is a gin that “represents and embodies the Highgrove Estate”.
He told Hello! Magazine: “It is traditional, elegant, refined, but with complex herbal notes of a traditional English garden. Like Highgrove itself, it is classic, but there is an element of the wild.”
Highgrove is a late 18th-century residence which has been renovated to its current state on the order of Prince Charles.
It is the family home of the Princes of Wales and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.
It also contains Home Farm, which is considered a wildlife havens as well as an organic farming centre.
Highgrove’s Royal Gardens are also open to the public, and welcome around 40,000 visitors every year.
Prince Charles has said of the royal attraction: “One of my great joys is to see the pleasure that the garden can bring to many of the visitors and that everybody seems to find some part of it that is special to them.”
Highgrove’s website describes the gardens as “an important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna” which reflect Charles’ “deep commitment to sustainability”.
The Highgrove gin is not the only spirit of its kind to have been produced with the Royal Family’s help.
There is also the Buckingham Palace gin, which contained citrus and herbals notes.
Similarly priced at £40, the gin is said to contain hand-picked botanicals from the Gardens at Buckingham Palace.