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It’s a bar-gin! Cambridge restaurant Parker’s Tavern sells £250-a-shot Watenshi gin




Cambridge restaurant Parker’s Tavern has announced it will be the first and only bar in the UK to serve what is claimed to be the world’s most exclusive gin, Watenshi.

Tristan Welch at Parker's Tavern which is now serving the ‘World’s Most Exclusive Gin’ Watenshi, at £250 per shot. Picture: Keith Heppell. (30038219)
Tristan Welch at Parker's Tavern which is now serving the ‘World’s Most Exclusive Gin’ Watenshi, at £250 per shot. Picture: Keith Heppell. (30038219)

The gin was created by the Cambridge Distillery and retails at £2,000 a bottle, but you can enjoy the drink at Parker’s Tavern for a mere £250 a shot.

But don’t expect a tonic mixer with your gin – head bartender at Parker’s Tavern, Seb Bouza, recommends drinking Watenshi neat. And his team will serve each measure in a beautiful handblown Japanese glass.

Tristan Welch at Parker's Tavern which is now serving the ‘World’s Most Exclusive Gin’ Watenshi, at £250 per shot. Picture: Keith Heppell. (30038100)
Tristan Welch at Parker's Tavern which is now serving the ‘World’s Most Exclusive Gin’ Watenshi, at £250 per shot. Picture: Keith Heppell. (30038100)

Watenshi is made from what is called the ‘angel’s share’ of Japanese gin – the part that is normally lost to evaporation.Cambridge Distillery says it uses a pioneering distillation processes, to preserve this gin, producing just six bottles from each batch.

Food and beverage manager at Parker’s Tavern, Albert-Ragnvald Wijnhold, said: “We are very proud to be working with our wonderful neighbours at Cambridge Distillery to be the only bar in the UK to serve Watenshi gin, promising both new guests and regular patrons a taste of something very special.

“At £250 a shot, it isn’t an everyday tipple, but for gin connoisseurs it is the perfect treat for a special occasion.”

Tristan Welch at Parker's Tavern which is now serving the ‘World’s Most Exclusive Gin’ Watenshi, at £250 per shot. Picture: Keith Heppell. (30038102)
Tristan Welch at Parker's Tavern which is now serving the ‘World’s Most Exclusive Gin’ Watenshi, at £250 per shot. Picture: Keith Heppell. (30038102)

Watenshi comes in a striking decanter, finished with silver detailing by a jeweller whose other clients include Chanel, Tom Ford and De Beers. The gin itself promises notes of sweet citrus and spice, supported by bitter juniper and a long, complex finish. The makers say it has unparalleled intensity and complexity.

Parker’s Tavern bar is situated in the University Arms hotel on Regent Street.

For more details, visit parkerstavern.com.



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