Danish gin secures UK off-trade listings
Kongsgaard Raw Gin has been launched into the UK off-trade, with initial listings in Harvey Nichols, The Whisky Exchange and Amazon.
Danish founders, Bettina and Soren Kongsgaard, say the gin has been inspired by Nordic woods and they describe it as a ‘New World Gin’, with a centrepiece layer of Danish apples and organic juniper.
The base spirit is derived from winter wheat, blended with Gensac water from Grande Champagne and distilled in small batches on open flame copper stills in Cognac.
The gin is described as having crisp apple and light juniper on the nose, with a hint of citrus. The flavours include warm spiced apple pie balanced with a ginger and galangal freshness, according to the producer. The gin has a dry finish with flavours of spicy cinnamon and juniper.
Co-founder, Soren Kongsgaard, said: “Our family name, Kongsgaard, originates from the little town of Lejre, situated on the outskirts of Roskilde in Denmark. A unique and scenic landscape of river valleys, meadows, lakes and woodlands where Vikings once reigned.
“Archaeologists have excavated seven feasting halls in Lejre, the greatest being the Kongsgaard, where the ruling King would have his seat.
“We like to think our Viking ancestors would have enjoyed this exciting new gin.