108 Bar in Marylebone is delighted to be creating its own bespoke 108 Gin, distilled in-house. The special gin still, affectionately known as “Isabella”, on display at 108 Bar, allows guests the exclusive opportunity to observe the distillation process from botanicals to beverage. 108 Gin, made to perfectly compliment Mediterranean Tonic and a slice of orange, will also be available in a selection of bespoke cocktails at 108 Bar.
The first step of gin-making involves the botanicals being steeped for approximately 12 hours in neutral grain before the distillation process can begin. The distillation itself takes around four hours. All the botanicals are heated in the copper pot still in order to create a unique flavour profile. Copper is used due to its exceptional heat conducting properties and helps to remove any unwanted impurities, ensuring a perfectly balanced final product. 108 Gin’s botanicals include Juniper Berries, Sweet Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Coriander Seeds, Prune, Cardamom, Basil and Angelica Root. Isabella then pours out the gin at about 80% alcohol content, ready for the dilution process.
Once the mixture is diluted there is a tasting by the 108 Bar team in order to ensure the gin is perfect. If 108 Bar’s expert distillers are not happy with the final product, they start the process from scratch, tweaking the botanicals and varying the amounts until they achieve the perfect flavour.
108 Gin will be available from 1st December 2018 at 108 Bar and will also be available to buy, priced at £38 per bottle.
Set in the heart of Marylebone, 108 Bar is a sophisticated space, offering the finest cocktails alongside a delicious small plate menu from Executive Chef Russell Ford. Located alongside 108 Brasserie on the secluded Marylebone Lane, 108 Bar is perfectly situated to offer an escape from the city for an idyllic drinking and dining experience.