The world’s most exclusive gin, available only in Selfridges, officially recognised twice as the world’s most innovative alcohol.
The Cambridge Distillery’s Japanese Gin was named gin of the year at the China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015, perhaps the most rigorous and prestigious spirit competition in the world. However, this still wasn’t enough for Master Distiller William Lowe, who wanted to create something even more exclusive and unique, using his Japanese Gin as a base. Having already been commissioned to distil gins for the world’s best restaurants, and institutions such as the House of Lords, the next move was always destined to be something spectacular.
Distilling at half the pressure found on top of Mount Everest and at a temperature lower than the coldest day recorded at the South Pole, The Cambridge Distillery has been able to capture the “angel’s share” of their Japanese Gin which would otherwise be lost to evaporation – yielding just 15ml per distillation. The result is a gin of unparalleled intensity and complexity, an expression of refined elegance which has previously been the preserve of the finest single malts and significantly aged cognacs.
Only six bottles of Watenshi (‘The Japanese Angel’) are produced in each batch. They are presented in a decanter bottle hand blown in Cambridgeshire, designed by London based duo Loris&Livia and finished off with silver pieces by jeweller Antoine Sandoz, whose other clients include Chanel, Tom Ford and De Beers. The liquid inside is equally stunning, with notes of sweet citrus and spice, supported by bitter juniper and an incredibly long, complex finish.
Watenshi launched exclusively in Selfridges, with Guy Hodcroft (Wine & Spirits buyer) commenting:
“The Cambridge Distillery has yet to produce anything short of extraordinary, but the Watenshi takes it to
the next level – both in terms of the gin’s balance and complexity, and its presentation.”
The six bottles being released to the UK market each year are priced at £2,000 per bottle.
The majority of each batch is allocated to our waiting list (to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org). We also release a limited number to Selfridges, and occasionally list a bottle on our own online store.
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