Old Curiosity Distillery celebrates the romance of botanicals with these vibrantly coloured gins

By Tempus | 08 Feb 2019 | Indulge

Special edition Old Curiosity spirits come with rose petals to spread to love – and health – this Valentine's Day

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* The Old Curiosity Distillery uses organic herbs that are grown, picked and infused by hand

There's something to be said for going organic, whether you're looking at your favourite restaurant fare or the perfect aperitif, and The Old Curiosity Distillery is just one of the UK-based businesses keeping organic gardens at its very heart. Launched in 2017 in Edinburgh's Secret Herb Garden, a botanical nursery just outside the city boasting natural, The Old Curiosity Distillery uses organic herbs that are grown, picked and infused by hand. It's with these herbs at its core that the distillery's natural, colour-changing floral gins are made.

Founded by herbologist Hamish Martin and his wife Liberty, the family run business creates gins that astound the senses, from their unique floral infusions to their colour-changing aesthetics – the Lavender and Echinacea gin transforms from a royal blue to pale lilac when adding tonic.

But it's the Apothecary Rose variety that is truly in bloom until the end of March, as Old Curiosity is delivering special edition 50cl bottles complete with fresh, hand-picked rose petals to garnish each glass in celebration of Valentine's Day.

"There’s something undeniably romantic about roses, but the traditional bouquet can be a little predictable. Saying ‘I love you’ with roses and gin is much more fun," says Martin. "Our delicious Apothecary Rose gin offers a little magic for Valentine’s Day. It turns an incredible shade of pink, and it looks just perfect when served with a scattering of lovingly grown rose petals from our garden." >>

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* Old Curiosity is delivering special edition 50cl bottles complete with fresh, hand-picked rose petals to garnish each glass in celebration of Valentine's Day

With base botanicals of juniper angelica root and leaf, winter savoury and coriander, the gin makes use of floral botanical Apothecary Rose, one of the oldest rose varieties in the world and a flower that is famed for its use in herbal remedies and tinctures for more than 5,000 years.

Available in Harrods, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols, the third variety in the brand's Secret Garden range is a vivid blue Chamomile and Cornflower flavoured gin, while limited editions including Damask Rose and Gernanium and Mallow are also available.

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* The Old Curiosity Distillery uses 100% organic herbs for its Secret Garden collection of floral gins

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