Whittley Neill has been a firm favourite at Atlas for some years now!
Johnny Neill is a fantastic gentleman, and we are pleased to say that he has visited us here at Atlas Bar.
His interest in gin first started when he discovered a collection of gin bottles, under the stairs at his Grandmother’s house, bearing the name Greenalls Whitley.
He was eager to learn more about the mysterious liquid that his family had been producing since 1762!
Johnny’s grandmother taught him how you could infuse juniper with a variety of other botanicals and change the taste profile dramatically.
He was hooked and wanted to create an altogether more exotic, enigmatic and mysterious gin.
Johnny’s wife is from Africa and he had been intrigued about tales of the Baobab Tree, which is also known as the tree of life. This is because it can store precious water in its trunk.
Johnny distilled the tart fruit pulp to release a distinctive citrus flavour, quite unlike any other.
The roots became the very symbol of the Whitley Neill Brand.
Nine botanicals are used in total. They are:
juniper, coriander seeds, cape gooseberry, baobub fruit, sweet lemon, sweet orange, angelica root, cassia bark and florentine iris.
Distilled in Britains oldest copper pot still, Constance, only the heart of the distillation is used.
This is truly a small batch gin, and it is also incredibely local to Atlas, which we love.
This makes a perfect G&T with a premium tonic water, 1724 is fab, and a generous orange garnish.