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Summer Solstice Gin Journey around New World in 15 Hours

ByVicky Sanderson

Jun 10, 2019 #drink, #event

Summer Solstice Gin Journey around New World in 15 Hours

From Distillery to Dusk; Peculiar adventure visits six The Botanist bars nationwide on 21st June before sunset on the Summer Solstice


  • Gin Journey starts at Hendrick’s Gin Palace distillery in Girvan, South West Scotland and travels 400 miles in just 15 hours
  • Summer Solstice adventure sees Hendrick’s gin extraordinaire opening his ‘case of curiosities’ at The Botanist
  • ‘Case of curiosities’ celebrates arrival of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin and unlocks round of free G&Ts for 21 people on 21st June

Hendrick’s gin extraordinaire is visiting The Botanist Newcastle on the Summer Solstice as part of a Gin Journey across the UK.

The gin extraordinaire – Dr Adam Silas Brian ‘FiFi’ Wolfryck Templeton – will be leaving Hendrick’s Gin Palace in Girvan, South Ayrshire before 5am on 21st June as he sets out to share his ‘case of curiosities’ with curious gin tasters and explorers at The Botanist bars nationwide.

The Gin Journey will see him visit The Botanist bars in six different cities and towns, covering 400 miles in just 15 hours. The gin extraordinaire will be swapping between rail and road as he races on trains and taxis from Scotland to Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Cheltenham and finishing in Reading before the sun sets on the Summer Solstice.

The Botanist will be sharing the gin extraordinaire’s peculiar adventure via a series of Instagram Stories @TheBotanistUK. His journey celebrates the mysterious blooms of the Summer Solstice, which inspired the creation of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin. The limited-edition, deeply floral gin is the first release from master distiller Leslie Gracie’s Cabinet of Curiosities. It’s a delightful and refreshing take on the Hendrick’s house style and is a tribute to the Summer Solstice when botanicals and flowers are believed to be at their most powerful.

When the gin extraordinaire arrives at The Botanist Newcastle, he’ll unlock his own ‘case of curiosities’, sharing Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice gin and signaling a round of 21 free G&Ts for customers.

In a nod to the gin’s secretive selection of floral essences and botanicals, the gin extraordinaire will also be swapping secrets of the perfect serve with The Botanist’s bartending experts to create a limited-edition Midsummer Solstice G&T, which will only be available this summer.

Lauren Allen-Maher, Group Brand Manager at The New World Trading Company, operator of The Botanist, comments: “The Midsummer Gin Journey unites the botanical inspiration of both Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice and The Botanist bars. With such an instinct for exploring, this exciting journey is the perfect way to celebrate the limited-edition availability of the gin and will bring the summer spirit to our guests in The Botanist Newcastle.”

Charlotte Philips, Brand Manager, Hendrick’s Gin, added: “Midsummer Solstice Gin shares the same ethos of experimentation and innovation as The Botanist. Together, we are able to celebrate the gin on the Summer Solstice, taking it on a taste adventure across the country and sharing its enchanting floral flavour with adventurous gin lovers.”