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Adnams Rye Gin and Vodka - new spirit releases

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Adnams Rye Hill Rye Malt Vodka and Rising Sun Rye Malt GinTwo new Adnams spirits released on Thursday 25th August at 4pm in our stores and online

We're very proud to unveil two new rye-based spirits - Adnams Rising Sun Gin and Rye Hill Vodka. Both have been made using rye grown by Jonathan Adnams at his farm in Reydon, just a few miles away from the brewery and distillery in Southwold. These exciting new spirits allow our distillery team to draw upon 140 years of brewing experience at Adnams. Rye is a complex grain to work with when brewing, as it creates a syrup-like mash, due to its protein structure and ability to retain water.  However, once mastered, rye adds a great depth to both beers and spirits, with a drier and spicier finish than their barley equivalents. Rising Sun Gin 42% abv, £28.99, 70cl bottle Made from malted rye, this gin has been produced using the London Dry method. We've added Japanese Matcha Tea, lemongrass and juniper berries to the finished spirit together with a specially selected blend of botanicals (orange peel, ginger, grains of paradise, cubeb, angelica). Rising Sun Gin is refreshing and full of natural aromatic flavours, best served with a good tonic and garnished with ginger and lime zest. [caption id="attachment_17522" align="alignright" width="200"]Jonathan Adnams rye Jonathan Adnams in his field of rye. Reydon, 2016[/caption] Rye Hill Rye Malt Vodka 42% abv, £26.99 for 70cl bottle Our Head Distiller, John McCarthy, created a vodka recipe using 80% rye and 20% barley. The result is a smooth and rich spirit with a hint of pepper. The rye creates a drier vodka, which is spicier than Adnams East Coast Barley Vodka (which is made from 100% barley). It has subtle aromas of rye bread and spice on the nose, with a long, dry and spicy finish. John McCarthy, Head Distiller at Adnams, said: “We always like to play with flavours, techniques and unusual ingredients so were keen to experiment with rye. The two rye spirits are the ultimate examples of our in-house grain-to-glass production process as our own chairman has grown the rye in his own fields, just a few miles from the distillery! “Rye has been grown in Reydon for centuries and the village’s name is derived from the Old English words, Rey meaning Rye, and Don meaning Hill. Due to the village’s position on the Suffolk Coast, our crop is amongst the first rye to catch the early morning rays as the sun rises above the North Sea. The spirits’ names were therefore natural choices: Rising Sun and Rye Hill.” Rising Sun Gin and Rye Hill Vodka will be launched in Adnams stores and online from 25 August 2016 from 4pm. Watch Adnams Master Distiller John McCarthy create some tasty serves here:


Sarah Groves