The unique, balanced flavour and aroma of Marylebone Gin derives from our use of the purest grain spirit and our careful selection of the finest botanicals from around the globe.
The essential oils contained within juniper berries are the signature of all gins. Only the finest berries give the fullest expression. Ours are grown and harvested in the hill-top regions of Italy, and only the most perfect are selected to give our gin its distinctive bitter-sweet flavour.
Known and grown since ancient times, today, the sandy loam and lush nutrients of the Nile valley produce chamomile prized throughout the world. Its volatile oils lend wonderful, warm floral notes to our gin. It also offers a certain sweetness, and softens the heart of the gin.
The tiny white flowers of lemon balm are a magnet to bees. In fact, its genus name - Melissa - is derived from the Greek for bee. It exudes a strong lemon scent when crushed, though its essential oil is expensive, as the plant is unwilling to yield its precious oil. It gives a subtle citrus flavour and aroma to Marylebone.
When the lime flowers on the linden trees along the Danube blossom in the summer, the heady honey scent is quite intoxicating. Known by the Romans as the tree of lovers, its tiny aromatic flowers are another bee magnet, adding a freshness and distinctively slight sweetness to the flavour of our gin.
Cloves are actually the aromatic, dried flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum tree, native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. They impart a woody, spicy aroma to the finish of Marylebone.
At the time of London’s pleasure gardens, the grapefruit was known as the shaddock. Ours are sourced from the famed citrus orchards along the Mediterranean shores of Turkey. Their outer peel contains the highest amount of floral and tangy oil, and it is this we use to give Marylebone its distinctive, zesty citrus lift.
The mild climate and year-round sun of Turkey’s long Mediterranean coast produces the world’s juiciest citrus fruits. It is from here we select the oranges whose crisp, fresh, sweet orange peel gives Marylebone its invigorating citrusy nose, helping to balance the spiciness of the coriander and lift the aromas of the other botanicals.
Angelica archangelica produces an essential oil so prized for its healing powers, it was considered divine and known as the oil of angels. We found our perfect Angelica root in Poland. It is an important part of Marylebone’s flavour, complementing and marrying the other botanicals and lending a distinctive smooth, dry finish on the palate.
The flowering fields of iris in vibrant bloom in May and June in Italy are where we source our orris root. Orris roots’ true gift lies in its famed soft and fragrant violet scent. Its addition to Marylebone helps balance the spicy sharpness of the citrus, while adding just a hint of sweetness.
From Indonesia comes one of the oldest spices known to man. The cassia trees from which the bark is harvested thrive on the light, yet richly loamy soils of Indonesia and can be harvested only once every 10 to 15 years. A more ancient sibling of cinnamon, our thick, dark brown, aromatic Cassia bark imparts a soothing warmth and sweetness to Marylebone’s aroma.
Coriander was grown in Persia 3,000 years ago and fragranced the hanging gardens of Babylon. It’s even mentioned in the Bible, in Exodus, where manna is described as being ‘like a Coriander Seed’. Our fragrant Coriander seeds sourced from Romania impart a gingery, peppery overtone and add to the citrusy nose of Marylebone.
A Word To The Wise
As Mother Nature can be an unpredictable task mistress, the quality of local harvests is forever changeable. So, the origin of our botanicals may change from time to time to preserve the botanical excellence of Marylebone.