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Alnwick Garden launches new gin inspired by Japanese cherry blossom orchard

The Northumberland garden home to the largest collection of a particular type of Japanese cherry blossom orchard has created a limited edition gin to celebrate it.

The Alnwick Garden has 329 Taihaku cherry trees which bloom every spring, with visitors encouraged to bring picnics or swing on the benches between the trees during that time. The latest beverage, inspired by the orchard, follows on from the “Poison Garden Gin” which uses fruits from the medlar tree, launched in December last year.

The Alnwick Garden has once again worked with Durham distillers on its latest gin. The distillers have attempted to capture the cherry blossom’s floral botanicals, with notes of citrus, elderflower and ginger.

Victoria Watson, strategic head of catering, retail and hospitality at the Alnwick Garden, said: “The Taihaku cherry blossom is synonymous with Japan, where ‘Hanami’ is celebrated every spring and people gather to enjoy the ‘transient beauty of flowers’.

“In Japan, cherry blossoms have a deep cultural significance, representing exquisite beauty and the fragility of life. By capturing the floral taste and smell of flowers in the gin, we hope to bring the magic of the orchard to life.”

Mike Berriman, head of sales and marketing at Durham distillers, said: “By making this one-off gin, we’ll bring a taste of the Japanese Hanami spring festival to gin lovers across the UK. Inspired by the celebration, during which people gather to appreciate nature and enjoy cherry blossom-themed dishes, this drink is a great way to pay homage to the orchard and its ethereal beauty.”

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