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Prince Charles launches new organic gin flavoured with herbs from his own garden at Highgrove

His Royal Dryness! Prince Charles launches new organic gin flavoured with herbs from his own garden at Highgrove to be sold in Fortnum & Mason with proceeds going to charity

  • Prince of Wales hopes new range of £39.95 gin will raise a sum for his charity
  • The alcohol is inspired by the gardens at Highgrove, his Gloucestershire home
  • Gin is made with rare organic heritage grain grown on his Home Farm estate 

It comes with the Prince of Wales’ stamp of approval (and has a royal price tag to match).

But the heir to the throne hopes his new range of £39.95 gin will raise a princely sum for charity.

The 40 per cent proof beverage has been inspired by the gardens at Highgrove, his private Gloucestershire home, and made with rare organic heritage (traditional, pre-war low yield) grain grown on his Home Farm estate.

Charles took Master Distiller, Cory Mason, from The Oxford Artisan Distillery around his gardens personally, searching for inspiration.

Prince Charles (seen in his garden at Highgrove) hopes his new range of £39.95 gin will raise a princely sum for charity

They plumped for Lemon Verbena, Thyme and Rosemary, which were all harvested from Charles’s flower beds to make the top-grade, botanical gin.

Months of recipe development followed, with the prince as chief taster, personally sampling a number of different taste profiles, until the perfect one was chosen.

The result, say Fortnum & Mason, who are selling the product, Is a gin with a ‘backbone of juniper and citrus and top notes of lemon verbena, thyme and rosemary’.

‘Sweet and lingering, the complex herbal botanicals add layers that give the spirit an elegant aroma and flavour. A truly regal creation inspired by The Royal Gardens at Highgrove,’ they add.

The 40 per cent proof beverage has been inspired by the gardens at Highgrove, his private Gloucestershire home, and made with rare organic heritage (traditional, pre-war low yield) grain grown on his Home Farm estate. Pictured: Highgrove Gin

The 40 per cent proof beverage has been inspired by the gardens at Highgrove, his private Gloucestershire home, and made with rare organic heritage (traditional, pre-war low yield) grain grown on his Home Farm estate. Pictured: Highgrove Gin

Charles took Master Distiller, Cory Mason (pictured), from The Oxford Artisan Distillery around his gardens personally, searching for inspiration

Charles took Master Distiller, Cory Mason (pictured), from The Oxford Artisan Distillery around his gardens personally, searching for inspiration

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is the UK’s first certified organic grain-to-glass distillery.

Master Distiller Mr Mason, said: ‘We created Highgrove Gin as a team. The result of this collaboration is a spirit that represents and embodies The Royal Gardens at Highgrove. 

‘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.’

All profits from sales go to the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund, which supports a variety of good causes in areas including education, the environment, social inclusion and health and well-being.

Lemon Verbena, Thyme and Rosemary were all harvested from Charles's flower beds to make the top-grade, botanical gin. Pictured: Highgrove

Lemon Verbena, Thyme and Rosemary were all harvested from Charles’s flower beds to make the top-grade, botanical gin. Pictured: Highgrove

The result, say Fortnum & Mason, who are selling the product, Is a gin with a 'backbone of juniper and citrus and top notes of lemon verbena, thyme and rosemary'

The result, say Fortnum & Mason, who are selling the product, Is a gin with a ‘backbone of juniper and citrus and top notes of lemon verbena, thyme and rosemary’

Charles has long sold products from his estate for charity including honey from his own hives and cloudy organic apple juice made from a blend of old English heritage apples hand-picked from The Orchard on the Highgrove Estate, which contains some of the oldest and rarest apple trees in the country.

He also created the famous Duchy Originals range, which is now sold through Waitrose.

The Queen bought out her own brand of Buckingham Palace gin in September, made with botanicals picked in her London garden. 

The £40 bottle has already sold out, with profits going to charity.

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