Toujours 21 is the result of a creative partnership between business premier culinary director Raymond Blanc OBE and the artisan distillery next to the Silent Pool at Albury. The aim was to evoke Eurostar’s “heritage, reminiscent of both British and French cultures.’”
“When designing the gin, my vision was to take travellers on a journey of taste that played upon all the subtleties of the brand,” explained Blanc.
“The aromatic notes of lavender hint to Eurostar’s latest Provençal destination, while the delicate yet clean taste of the angelica, evoke memories of the British countryside.
“By uniting such robust flavours, the bespoke gin is the perfect way to commemorate the anniversary.”
“It’s been an incredible experience working with Raymond Blanc,” commented Cory Mason, Silent Pool master distiller.
“We talked the same language. He was very interested in how we were using flavour and we saw eye to eye. He chose the direction of flavour and we had to create a product that linked England and France – a fusion, a collaboration. We used English lavender and took the exact flavour note that we wanted. We used both the seed and the root of the angelica which gave a delicate floral back note.
“At Silent Pool Distillery, we pride ourselves in hand-making artisanal spirits using local resources and botanicals. With Raymond’s wealth of knowledge and understanding of flavours and ingredients, we were able to create something truly unique.”
Travellers eager to sample Toujours 21 can do so in the Eurostar Business Premier lounges in London, Paris and Brussels, where it will be launched as part of the drinks offering. It will be available to purchase online in the next few weeks.
The Silent Pool Distillery is situated just off the A25 at Albury, overlooking the pool itself. It is a magical setting, steeped in myth and legend, haunted by a beautiful maiden who drowned fleeing from the wicked Prince John. Opening hours are weekdays 9am -5pm, Saturdays 10am – 4pm and Sundays 10am – 3pm.
For gin lovers and those who are plain gin curious, the distillery offers a 90 minute Experience, where one of the Distillers reveals how Silent Pool award winning gin is made, what exactly goes into it and why.
Visitors are taken through the production process, the botanicals, flavours and how they work together to deliver a multi levelled and complex-tasting gin.
There will also be the opportunity to taste some of the various stages in production and some of the other spirits being produced.