Thomas Dakin Gin Launches in US

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin, a classic style juniper- led gin, whose namesake created the world’s first quality English gin and founded the world’s oldest continuous gin distillery in 1761, is now available in the United States.

Thomas Dakin pioneered the development and refinement of high quality English Gin, in 1761, at the beginning of the industrial revolution in the North of England at age 25. His inventive and enlightened outlook created a superior quality gin, heritage and legacy that lives on to this day. Many gin makers followed Dakin but he was the man that started it all and is widely regarded as the forefather of quality English gin.

Named in honor of Thomas Dakin, the young gin innovator, the small batch gin was crafted by Master Gin Distiller Joanne Moore, of G&J Distillers, England’s oldest continuous gin distilling company. Dakin is distilled in a baby pot still, using a secret recipe of eleven botanicals including juniper, orange peel and English coriander, with the unique addition of red cole, a root botanical used in the 18th Century, known today as horseradish. Dakin possesses sweet orange and citrus notes on the palate and a smooth, savory finish, thanks to the cubebs and red cole.

“We’re pleased to launch this classic style gin to the United States market, which takes inspiration from Thomas Dakin, a young entrepreneur from 18th century northern England, whose inventive and enlightened outlook paved the way for gin as we know it today,” says David Hume, Creator & Director, Thomas Dakin Gin at Quintessential Brands, speaking at the brand’s launch event in New York City earlier this week.

Thomas Dakin comes in a square bottle featuring heavy embossing on the glass and on the distinctive red label which, in line with 18th century packaging, includes detailed text on Thomas Dakin and the gin inside the bottle. Thomas Dakin is best enjoyed in a variety of classic cocktails including the Tom & Tonic, Manchester Bee and Negroni. NYC-based Domaine Select Wine & Spirits will handle the brand’s distribution in the New York and New Jersey markets, the small batch gin is currently available at a variety of premium on and off premise locations in NY and NJ.

While currently distilled by G&J Distillers in Warrington, Cheshire, close to where Thomas Dakin distilled his original gin, Thomas Dakin Gin will soon be distilled in Manchester when the new distillery is built. Thomas Dakin Gin and G&J Distillers are owned by the Quintessential Brands Group.

Thomas Dakin Gin is now available, $34.99per 750ml size, 42% alc./vol., in New York and New Jersey. For additional information and updates, please visit and follow on Instagram Twitter @thomasdakingin

About Quintessential Brands Group 

Quintessential Brands are pioneering spirits of the industry, inspired since 1761 by their founder, Thomas Dakin, dedicated to distilling and crafting the world’s best alcohol brands for consumers and customers globally. The Quintessential Brands Group delivers a diverse portfolio of award-winning, best-selling spirits with unrivalled heritage and craftsmanship. Founded in 2011 by Enzo Visone, former CEO of Gruppo Campari, and entrepreneur, Warren Scott, Quintessential Brands Group has world-class manufacturing facilities around Europe including G&J Distillers, the world’s oldest gin distiller; L&L in France, a leading manufacturer of fruit spirits and liqueurs; First Ireland Spirits and the Dublin Liberties Whiskey Company, which is part owned by Stock Spirits and scheduled to open in summer 2018. Quintessential Brands’ premium brands portfolio includes Greenall’s The Original London Dry Gin, BLOOM London Dry Gin, Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin, Berkeley Square London Dry Gin, and Opihr Gin. Its Irish brands include The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey, The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur and O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream. Liqueurs in the portfolio include Alizé and Toussaint Coffee Rum Liqueur.

About G&J Distillers

G&J Distillers has more than 250 years of heritage, distilling superior spirits to perfection since 1761. Our distillery in Warrington, North West England, is the oldest continuous gin distillers in the world. With only seven Master Distillers since 1761, continuity, consistency and expertise in crafting the original London Dry Gin has been guaranteed.  A history of traditional skills and craftsmanship of distillation, combined with modern bottling and logistics facilities, ensures that G&J Distillers continues to maintain its reputation for producing and distributing a wide range of high-quality gins and other spirits.