New pepper-infused gin from a Staffordshire-based distillery is not to be sniffed at

A Uttoxeter distillery has been recognised at a global spirits competition for a unique flavour of gin. Now that’s GINspirational!

Nelson's Distillery
A world first – the Timur gin with a unique Nepalese pepper ingredient 

Nelson’s Distillery & School based in Uttoxeter has scooped a silver medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its unique Timur Gin. The flavour includes a type of pepper found only in Nepal. And bosses say it is the world’s only known flavour of this kind.

Now in its 19th year, the annual competition is quickly earning its own praise as the industry standard. And, this year, received over 3000 spirit entries from around the world. 

Nelson’s Timur Gin, the first in the world to commercially use the Timur pepper ingredient, picked up the silver award in the gin category. The category was the largest in the competition with over 330 entries.

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The judging process includes four days of highly controlled blind tastings  by more than 40 experts in the spirits industry. Nelson’s Timur Gin was recognised as an “outstanding spirit that shows refinement, finesse, and complexity.”

The award comes after Nelson’s Distillery & School recently expanded to a limited company. The company has also just launched their first rum products.

“We are extremely proud of this spirit,” says Nelson’s Distillery Owner Neil Harrison, who also developed the Timur Gin recipe in 2018. “Using the Timur pepper which is grown and consciously sourced in Nepal, we have created a world’s first and only gin with wonderful zesty citrus flavours and a sharp, spicy aroma”.

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The distillery, which has been established since 2016, produces six varieties of gin and two varieties of rum. Find it at Waitrose, Harrods, Majestic Wine and many other independents.

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