The seeds of the brand were first sown on a rather rainy night in Manchester, in a dark basement night spot. A man asked a woman what she would like to drink, her answer of course was a gin & tonic.
Skipping forward in time, Jen and Seb are sitting in the dining room of their new house, where they decide to do something they both love - make gin. That house is now the Manchester Distillery, and sits in the heart of the city. Choosing the bee as their company logo, which is the symbol of Manchester, being adopted during the Industrial Revolution as it embodied the "worker bee" work-ethic of Mancunians’.
The gin is produced using three copper stills, and features some rather interesting botanicals such as Dandelion and Burdock Root, orange, lemon, liquorice and ground almond. The distillery is small batch and produces only 500 bottles in each run, with the Signature weighing in at 42% abv, so lets give one of those bottles a try.
SilverFox Tasting Notes
Hitting the streets of Manchester for a night out I'm first grabbed by fresh citrus notes calling me into a dark cellar bar. The air is cool and earthy, with the sweet spicy of the patrons perfume filling the space.
Manchester Signature Tasting Notes
Nose: A clean and inviting fragrance with a classic juniper undertone and bright citrus top notes
Palate: Dry citrus freshness followed by sweet liquorice and cassia. Finished with earthy, spicy notes in the background
Finish: A smooth creamy finish with a soft eucalyptus tone
Average Price: £36.00
Fox's Rating: 7/10
This is a nicely balanced and smooth gin, it is perfect in a gin cocktail or as a classic G&T. The recommended serve is with a twist of orange peel and rosemary or a slice of freshly cut red grapefruit.