Country Of Origin United Kingdom
size 500 ml
Country of origin: England Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 47% Bottle size: 500ml
Winner of the prestigious The Whisky Exchange Spirit of the Year, 2017.
Organic blood orange, flowers, spice, berries, pine, drying resins and sweetness fill the mouth. Rich and unbelievably complex, it transcends expectations of a gin.
A selection of 34 botanicals makes the cut for this contemporary reimagination of what gin can be. These 34 botanicals yield resonant earth notes through sweet, sour, spice and high floral. Although the recipe as a secret, individual examples include fresh Sicilian blood orange zest, and flowers from the British native small leaved lime tree, Tillia cordata (an aroma of interlaced flowers and honey).
The botanicals are either macerated directly for 40 hours or suspended above for a gentle vapour infusion. This only allows a limited number of bottles per batch, with nothing added but local water.
Originally named Garden Tiger it seemed a fitting tribute to name it after that beautiful day flying moth of the same name. In 2018 the distillery evolved the name to Garden Swift, combining the original garden tiger and the stunning golden swift moth. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.
Luxurious and incredibly complex, this is a drink to be savoured neat as much as in a G&T and other cocktails. In a G&T, try with a neutral tonic and a slice of orange (blood orange if in season).
About Capreolus Distillery: this small distillery is tucked away in the heart of the Cotswolds. Barney Wilczak has led a life entwined with the surrounding landscapes. As a photographer he spent his career focusing on conservation stories. This led to the supply of non-profit media to conservationists in over 118 countries.
This high level of focus on the natural world, biology and artistic expression, also guided Barney’s pursuits outside photpgraphy. The fascination of guiding fermentation, working with natural biological processes, led to years of pursuing perfection in fruit distillates. Deep research and an obsessive focus have led to the distillation of Eaux de Vie. After long planning, it was chosen to create a distillery in the house where Barney grew up. The old lean-to greenhouse, a frame of timber and Cotswold stone, was converted to house a very special custom still. Every aspect was chosen to preserve the fruits’ elegance and quality that exists for just a few days each season.
The experience and focus surrounding his work with fruit distillation led to a desire to create a gin of seamless complexity. Hundreds of test distillations, explorations of individual species and the best way to extract each unique perfume, led to the creation of Garden Swift (formerly Garden Tiger) gin, its name is drawn from an exquisite day flying moth. Homegrown and wild species enrich a palate of 34 botanicals. A secret recipe whose result varies with the weather, the distiller’s mood and the seasons’ effects on the ingredients, it is something to savour and experience in its flux and evolution.
The production of such wonderful products is a costly pursuit without compromise. Reflecting this, the gin and Eaux de Vie are hand bottled and finished with traditionally printed letterpress labels.
And the origin of the name of the distillery? Capreolus comes from the latin name of the most beautiful of all deer, the roe, Capreolus Capreolus. Delicate, slipping away, this animal is a constant accompaniment to picking in the surrounding countryside, a reminder of the fleeting nature of what we are trying to preserve.