Warner Edwards has announced it has an exclusive ‘Spirit of the Month’ partnership with Fortnum & Mason this October with its Honeybee Gin. The gin will then be made available to the wider off-trade from November.

The hand-crafted gin is the second release from the Warner Edward’s Limited Edition Botanical Garden range, and it balanced 28 ingredients. It is described as a “floral and zesty gin” which is then infused with honey to create a long lingering sweet finish.

Every bottle produced by the Northamptonshire-based distillery is sold with a packet of wildflower seeds to encourage the planting of bee-friendly gardens and spaces, in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society. This is the first time the national gardening charity has partnered a spirit brand.

Founder Tom Warner said: “We are delighted to release our Honeybee Gin to a wider audience. It is our most complicated recipe but the flavour is just incredible, and feedback from gin lovers and experts has been that it is a real addition to the gin market.

“We are also thrilled to do our bit in raising awareness of the plight of the honeybee and encourage the planting of wild flowers – so vital in pollination and in massive decline, due to the use of some pesticides. We completely rely on the generosity of nature in producing our delicious gins – we have a dedicated beekeeper in Jonny Easter at Fells Farm as well as our own botanical garden. Our partnership with the RHS will further spotlight and celebrate our country side and gardens and will include a series of exciting new initiatives, including the cultivation of a bee sanctuary within the heather gardens of RHS Wisley.”

The new Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin joins five variants in the stable: Harrington Dry Gin, Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin, Harrington Elderflower Gin, Melissa Lemon Balm Gin and Harrington Sloe Gin. The 70cl bottle of Honeybee has an rrp of £40.