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St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds and Heart of Suffolk Distillery team up to launch three gins





St Edmundsbury Cathedral has partnered with a Suffolk distillery to launch three gins inspired by the historic building.

The cathedral previously partnered with Artefact Brewing to launch a trio of cathedral-inspired beers, and following the project’s success it is now teaming up with Heart of Suffolk Distillery, based in Bacton, to produce gin.

The trio of gins are now on sale at The Cathedral Shop on Angel Hill with each drinks’ flavour referencing a different aspect of the site’s history.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral has teamed up with Heart of Suffolk Distillery to launch a trio of gins. Picture: Tom Soper Photography
St Edmundsbury Cathedral has teamed up with Heart of Suffolk Distillery to launch a trio of gins. Picture: Tom Soper Photography

Abbey Gin is a London Dry Gin which reflects the surroundings of the cathedral with orange notes while the Edmund Rose is gin distilled with rose petals to create floral notes to reflect the Edmund Rose – a flower planted in 2005 to mark the completion of St Edmundsbury Cathedral's new Millennium Tower.

The third is Pilgrims’ Garden, a London Dry Gin distilled using botanicals, including lemon balm and chamomile which would have been grown by the monks more than 1,000 years ago.

Jane Harrison, The Cathedral Shop’s manager, said, “We are very pleased to be selling gin produced by the Heart of Suffolk Distillery in the Cathedral Shop.

Abbey Gin. Picture: Tom Soper Photography
Abbey Gin. Picture: Tom Soper Photography
Edmund Rose. Picture: Tom Soper Photography
Edmund Rose. Picture: Tom Soper Photography

“To be able to use the same plants as those found in the Pilgrims Herb Garden is a nice link back to the cathedral and it has been great to work with another local initiative to produce something unique to us.”

The gins are be available in three sizes - a 37.5cl bottle, a smaller 20cl bottle and 5cl minis – and the minis are available in a tinned set for sampling all the flavours before buying a larger bottle.

Ryan Luke, from Heart of Suffolk Distillery, said: “We were thrilled to be approached by the cathedral, having been recommended by various groups as a company who take pride in producing premium, artisan spirits and who thrive on collaboration.

Pilgrims' Garden. Picture: Tom Soper Photography
Pilgrims' Garden. Picture: Tom Soper Photography

“This process enabled us to experiment with new botanicals to create three gins which we believe encapsulate St Edmundsbury Cathedral perfectly.”