York Gin Outlaw
York Gin Outlaw, a Navy Strength 57% gin, pushes the boundaries, as did the city's villains, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and Mary Bateman. Stronger flavours; higher alcohol - enjoy York Gin Outlaw with care, tonic & ice.
NOSE: Warm, hints of floral & lemon top notes.
PALATE: Dry, strongly juniper-led, balanced by floral notes & warm cardamom.
FINISH: An earthy dryness of angelica, balanced with peppery tones.
AFTERTASTE: A complex & smooth finish, no one tone takes precedent.
G&T: We recommend peppercorns, quality Indian tonic & a good quality solid glass.
Other options are citrus / sour notes - lime or grapefruit or even thyme.
Dry / savoury or sour complement York Gin best.
York has the reputation as a beautiful historic - but sometimes rebellious - city. And the often gory stories of bad behaviour by its very own outlaws is behind this "bad rep".
Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament in 1605 - and his effigy is burned every 5th November for his troubles. He managed to throw himself off the scaffold and break his neck just before he was hanged, drawn and quartered. A resourceful product of St Peter’s School, York to the end (as a mark of respect to their old boy, the school refuses to burn a Guy on Plot Night. Childhood friend of Fawkes, John Wright, also attended St Peter’s and went on to enjoy a career as a Gunpowder Plotter. He also came to a sticky end in 1605 (shot dead).
Meanwhile, the terrifying 18th Century highwayman, horse thief and general, all-round baddie, Dick Turpin, was caught in York and hanged on the city’s Knavesmire for horse stealing - rather than the crimes which make him famous: ‘Your money or your life’ and all that.
The city has punished its poisoners and murderers, its heretics and thieves in a variety of gruesome ways. And it wasn't just the boys who felt the full force of the law.
Mary Bateman,‘The Yorkshire Witch’, was hanged in 1809 - as a notorious poisoner. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Broadingham was burned at the stake for ‘petty treason’ - conspiring to murder her husband in 1776 ... a touch harsh, even for the times.
If you're in York and fancy some scary stories recounted by the award-winning guide, Mad Alice, interspersed with three York Gin stops, why not join the Bloody York Gin Tour - led by Mad Alice?