A “Sacred” Place
Before Duke’s, I wasn’t aware of this London-based spirits house. Gin has the main aroma competent juniper, and most gin houses would guard the exact blend of botanicals with their children’s lives. The most popular botanicals used are coriander seed, licorice root, orange peel, orris root, and angelica root. However, by law, Juniper berries must make up the majority of these blends.
Sacred had some of the best balance and intensity of any gin I have had.
So what makes Sacred sacred? It can be broken down into three points. First, Boswellia sacra, also known as frankincense. Second, quality ingredients and care: each of its twelve organically sourced botanicals are macerated with the highest quality English grain spirit and then distilled separately in glassware under vacuum. This process creates a soft and seamless texture, with a very fresh feeling to it.
Finally, the man behind Sacred, Ian Hart, has created a distillery in his home in the North section of London Highgate. Formally a financial guru, now dedicated producer. He left the financial world, wanting to use his Cambridge Natural Sciences degree. He engineered the purest and most unique gin one can experience, and his heart and passion helped create one of the best bar experiences I ever had.