The Nicholson gin family have a long distilling history which started at the height of the gin craze in 1736 when the Nicholson and Bowman families first started out as distillers and spirits merchants in Clerkenwell, London.
Moving along a generation, In 1809 the Nicholson brothers John and William changed the company name to J&W Nicholson & Co, and they became early pioneers of the London Dry Gin style with the introduction of the Coffey still, and so a gin legend was born.
The 80’s is responsible for many things; questionable fashion and synth pop aside, it is also when Edward Bramley Kain and Penelope Gage started experimenting with making fruit liqueurs. It wasn’t long before the liqueurs were a local success.
If you would indulge me in a brief history lesson, In the 8th century the Iberian peninsula of Portugal came under occupation by Arab forces. The small village of Monsaraz quickly became known by the Arabic term Sharish, which of course we all know means rockrose. The name Monsaraz itself is the Iberian transliteration of the Arabic Sharish. A small footnote in the pages of history perhaps, but it is nevertheless a good name for a bottle of gin