Eurostar unveils its very own gin! Designed by me, just for you!
Happy 21st birthday! Eurostar unveils its very own gin designed by Business Premier Culinary Director, Raymond Blanc OBE, in partnership with artisan producers, Silent Pool Distillers.
Named Toujours 21, the bespoke gin encapsulates Eurostar’s heritage, reminiscent of both British and French cultures. Composed of a mélange of French botanicals and classic floral scents of the British countryside, the rich juniper flavours and citrus traces are blended with the subtle sweetness of honey, creating a balanced gin that is classic yet unique.
Raymond Blanc OBE, Eurostar Business Premier Culinary Director, Eurostar, said: “When designing the gin, my vision was to take travellers on a journey of taste that played upon all the subtleties of the brand. The aromatic notes of lavender hint to Eurostar’s latest Provencal 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.”
Partnering with Silent Pool Distillers was a natural fit, as the craftsmen share Eurostar and Raymond Blanc’s passion for sustainable ingredients of local provenance. Nestled in the heart of the rural Surrey Hills, the team create the gin from the crystal clear spring waters in their very own ‘Silent Pool’.
Cory Mason, Silent Pool Master Distiller, said: “It’s been an incredible experience working with Raymond Blanc to create the bespoke gin for Eurostar. 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.”
The introduction of the gin marks three years since Eurostar and Raymond Blanc joined forces to transform the on board dining experience for Business Premier passengers. Renowned for his passion and innovative culinary expertise, Raymond works with each of Eurostar’s three kitchens to design seasonal menus combining the best of British and French cuisine.
Eurostar is proud to be the first transport provider to receive Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) accreditation as a Two-Star Sustainability Champion for its commitment to sourcing local and sustainably produced ingredients and for pursuing a socially and environmentally responsible approach.
Travellers wishing to preview Toujours 21 may 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 then be available to purchase online in the coming weeks.
Notes to editors
The Distillery is located 5 miles east of Guildford in Surrey next to the spring fed Silent Pool. 2014 was spent building the site and installing the bespoke 350L Holstein still, tanks and reclaimed English boiler that burns sustainable local hardwood to produce the steam for the still. The distilling licences were granted in October 2014 so the business is a little over a year old, in that time they’ve launched a number of products including the multi award winning Silent Pool Gin.
The team specialise in short run bespoke products of high quality where their unique production processes add a unique twist, everything is produced onsite and nothing leaves the site unless it’s in a bottle. They recently responded to the bumper English fruit harvest by fermenting and distilling local fruit into a range of Apricot, Plum, Pear and Quince Eau de Vie’s and they created English summer fruit Strawberry and Blackberry Alcoholic Gin Cordials. They have a number of other small run gins and will be launching vodka before Christmas. The site is open seven days a week for visitors and the popular Gin Experiences can be booked online at www.silentpooldistillers.com.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office
020 7843 5500