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New Chapel Down Gin & Vodka: Tasting with CEO Frazer Thompson

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

In late January, Brand Exchange hosted an exclusive tasting event with Chapel Down Wines, who recently launched their new Bacchus Gin and Chardonnay Vodka. The event was organised by Brand Dialogue.

The evening was hosted by Frazer Thompson, CEO of Chapel Down Wines, and Mark Harvey, Managing Director of Chapel Down Wines. They presented their new spirits to Brand Exchange members and Chapel Down shareholders.

This was the first time that Chapel Down, England's leading wine producer, combined their wine making expertise with modern distillation techniques to produce a unique range of English spirits. Created using distilled grape skins from a single vintage year, each spirit has been developed to reflect the delicate flavour profile of the wine varietal.

The Chapel Down Bacchus Gin is produced from Bacchus grape skins, an aromatic grape variety fast gaining notoriety as England's answer to Sauvignon Blanc. The Chapel Down Chardonnay Vodka is produced from Chardonnay grape skins from the wine producers vineyards in Kent.

The limited edition spirits, The Spirit of Chapel Down, are packaged in an elegant, custom-made 70ml glass bottle which links back to the two production processes; distillation and wine making. The bottom half of the bottle reflects a cut-glass crystal decanter and the frosted top half of the bottle denotes the classic shape of a wine bottle.

The Bacchus Gin 2016 (41.2% ABV) is infused with juniper, coriander, elderflower, orris, angelica, lavender, orange peel and lemon. The result is a highly aromatic gin with heady aromas of citrus fruits and an herbal finish.

The Chardonnay Vodka 2016 (40% ABV) is an expressive vodka with delicate citrus and floral aromas leading to a smooth, creamy palate that is versatile in an array of classic serves and cocktails.

Before the event, attendees were welcomed with a glass of Chapel Down sparkling wine and beer in the Members Lounge. They were then seated in The Gallery for a presentation about the brand development story of Chapel Down from wines into spirits from Frazer Thompson. Mark Harvey then joined him to lead a product tasting of the Gin and Vodka. They were tasted neat and then mixed with tonic.

After the product tasting, everyone enjoyed networking and tasting the spirits in specially designed cocktails. The Chardonnay Vodka was used in the Winemakers Martini and the Bacchus Gin was used in the Garden of England Cocktail.

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