Hobbs of Henley launched Henley’s very first premium gin, Mr Hobbs Henley Gin on the New Orleans boat last night (Thursday) which is made with a blend of botanicals that grow locally and has been created at the Foxdenton distillery in Buckinghamshire.
The gin is named after Mr Harry Hobbs founder of Hobbs and Son in 1870 and publican of The Ship Hotel who was often seen in his punt enjoying his home-distilled gin. The secret recipe was recently discovered on the back of an old framed photograph of himself, along with step by step instructions to make it.
The gin brings together popular botanicals such as angelica and marshmallow, with added lemon peel, juniper, orris root and lime leaf oil for a modern twist. It is suggested that you serve it with glass full of ice, tonic water and a curl of orange peel. This combination of flavours has created a luxurious drink that is in keeping with the reputation and brand of Hobbs of Henley.
Jonnie Hobbs (great, great, great grandson of Harry Hobbs) and his wife, Suzy who now own Hobbs of Henley and came up with the idea said, “Henley on Thames is one of the most iconic towns in England and with such a rich sporting and cultural history we wanted to create a gin worthy of the Hobbs of Henley name. The Hobbs family has lived and worked around Henley since Victorian time and we have crafted a gin that that we believe that will keep the Hobbs of Henley name on everyone’s lips for many years to come.”
“Working with Foxdenton has been a really rewarding experience; the intricacies of the gin creation process and Foxdenton refusal to compromise on any aspect of the purity and clarity of our product has produced a remarkably flavoured and refreshing drink.”
Mr Hobbs gin is priced at £36 per bottle and is available the Hobbs of Henley boatyard boat yard or at a number of selected local establishments or visit www.mrhobbsgin.co.uk