Local Heroes Gin No.3 - Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
The Local Heroes collection is a limited edition series of gins made in collaboration with people who embody the spirit of Portobello Road. Previous releases have centred round those in culinary circles, for example Brett Graham, the head chef at The Ledbury, and Masterchef judge, Carlo Cracco. No. 3 is a bit more rock ‘n’ roll, however, as it has been distilled with guitar legend, gin lover and former Notting Hill resident Mark Knopfler OBE of Dire Straits.
He and Portobello Road Gin’s co-founder Jake F. Burger crafted it using the classic nine botanicals, plus cucumber peel, lime zest and olive oil. According to Knopfler – who was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s fifty greatest guitarists of all time – the result is “robust in flavour and strong in spice – exactly the kind of gin that I enjoy and I hope my fans will too.”
The front label received a makeover with a frets and musical notes and the inside bears an image of Knopfler’s famous 1937 14-fret National Style “O” Resonator. The bottle itself is topped with a miniature version of his signature red towelling headband. The addition of olive oil during distillation makes this an excellent gin for a Dirty Martini or for every guitarist’s favourite cocktail, a Gibson. Alternatively, have a play with the Harvey Nichols Cucumber & Lime Tonic Water or the Mediterranean inspired Orange & Lavender Tonic Water.
If you can dig out a copy of Dire Straits’ second studio album, Communique, sip it while listening to Portobello Belle, maybe invite your Brothers in Arms around too. You’ll soon be the Sultans of Swig.
£7.86 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3087991
Style No.: 752156
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