Monday, 21 March 2022

Darnley’s gin launches refillable pouches – plus cocktail recipe

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While some alcohol brands are making the strange decision to release NFTs left, right and centre (which we know takes a huge amount of energy), others are taking a more sensible and sustainable route.

Darnley’s gin has recently introduced refillable pouches across its range. The Scottish distiller offers 700ml pouches in its Original, Spiced and Navy Strength gins.

Once decanted into a bottle, or drunk from the pouch, you can return them to the company via Freepost, where they will be recycled.

The pouches weight around 50% less than a standard glass bottle, require less energy to produce, and are made from recycled plastics.

William Wemyss, founder of Darnley’s gin, said, “Our sustainability plans for the brand are one of constant improvement and the launch of our gin pouches is part of this journey. We hope Darnley’s Gin fans will not only enjoy these gins, but also return the pouches so the full environmental benefits of this initiative can be realised”.

Darnley’s might not be the first gin brand to offer refillable pouches, but we’re glad to see it joining the likes of Rock Rose, Twisted Nose, Glaswegin and Bullards.

What does Darnley's gin taste like and a cocktail recipe

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Time to grab yourself a gin pouch, put your feet up, and say cheers to the fact that you’re doing your little bit to help the planet. Maybe try mixing up one of these cocktails too?

Darnley’s original is a London Dry style gin, juniper-led (yay!) and made with six botanicals: juniper, elderflower, Spanish lemon peel, angelica root, Moroccan coriander seed and orris root. It’s got a lovely creaminess to it with the elderflower and citrus doing a little Mexican wave dance in your mouth. Once the boogying has died down, it’s got a round and warming finish.

Darnley's Delight

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50ml Darnley's Original gin
50ml pineapple juice
10ml dry vermouth
Dash of sugar syrup
Dash of Angostura bitters


Pour all the ingredients into a shaker over ice and shake rapidly. Double strain into glass. Garnish with three drops of Angostura bitters. 

Do you think it's a good idea spirits brands are moving towards improving sustainability?

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