In the heart of the United Kingdom, the recent arrival of Cygnet 22, the latest addition to the Cygnet family, has created ripples in the world of premium spirits.
Founded by the accomplished classical singer, Katherine Jenkins OBE, and the visionary artist and social-impact filmmaker, Andrew Levitas, Cygnet 22 is set to make its mark alongside the already beloved Cygnet Welsh Dry Gin collection. This refined and sustainable gin offers a unique versatility, making it equally suited for sipping or mixing.
A Distinctive Gin with Welsh Roots
Cygnet 22 was born out of a desire to challenge conventions in the traditionally male-dominated spirits industry. Inspired by a Welsh spirit produced just a stone’s throw away from Katherine’s hometown in Swansea, this ‘Best in Glass’ gin is destined to captivate not only gin enthusiasts but also a broader audience.
As a dedicated gin aficionado, Katherine worked tirelessly alongside her team to craft this exceptional expression, and the world is now ready to embrace this quintessentially Welsh product. The initial announcement of Cygnet’s arrival created such a global buzz that pre-orders flew off the shelves within a mere week.
A Journey of Elegance and Disruption
Cygnet 22 embodies elegance and serves as a true disruptor in its category, thanks to its use of the finest botanicals and pure Welsh water. The exceptional flavour profile of Cygnet is a testament to the expertise of the sixth-generation Welsh distillation team, led by master distiller Aster Sadler. Using traditional methods and a 300-litre Arnold Holstein copper pot still, they have crafted one of the smoothest and purest gins available today.
Derived from the name for a baby swan, a symbol of Swansea, and the personal significance of ’22’ to Katherine – the age at which she was offered the largest recording deal in classical music history – Cygnet 22 was carefully crafted with sipping in mind. It incorporates a blend of 22 of the finest Welsh botanicals, including the 12 used in the production of Cygnet Welsh Dry Gin, as well as additions like Bee Pollen, Lemon Balm, Rose Petals, and White Peppercorns.
What truly sets Cygnet 22 apart is the inclusion of their secret ingredient, ‘Manuka Honey,’ chosen by Katherine herself for its renowned healing properties, which she has long relied on for her voice, health, and family. The resulting complexity of flavours and aromas captures the timeless essence and personality of the gin, delivering a smooth and silky taste that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
A Commitment to Sustainability
Cygnet is dedicated to operating a sustainable supply chain to minimize its impact on the planet. Sustainability and environmental awareness hold a central place in Katherine and Andrew’s philosophy. Consequently, Cygnet is committed to providing consumers with the freshest, highest-quality ingredients sourced responsibly from local suppliers.
Working closely with co-founder and influential designer Eric Villency, the team has designed a bottle that weighs up to 50% less than the average spirits bottle, reducing the need for raw materials and energy in production and transportation. The Cygnet 22 bottle is both recyclable and refillable, embodying the brand ethos of regeneration and upcycling, encouraging consumers to reuse it as a water carafe or an eye-catching single-stem vase.
A Testament to Nature’s Beauty and Craftsmanship
Katherine Jenkins OBE and her husband, Andrew Levitas, reflect on Cygnet 22, saying, “Cygnet 22 combines the finest local botanicals with pure Welsh water, and being surrounded by the nature and beauty of the valleys, a whole lot of ‘Hwyl!’ (An ecstatic feeling of inspiration unique to Wales). It was also incredibly important for us to create something beautiful but sustainable, all of this results in an ultra-premium gin that is so smooth you can sip it on its own.”
Cygnet 22 is a revolutionary premium craft gin in the truest sense of the word, ready to be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or mixed with a delightful light tonic, garnished with a lemon slice and a sprig of rosemary. It’s not just a gin; it’s an experience to be savoured and shared with special friends.
In closing, Cygnet 22 stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of tradition, innovation, and sustainability. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, it is a gin that encapsulates the very essence of Wales and the passion of its creators, Katherine Jenkins OBE and Andrew Levitas.
As Cygnet 22 graces the shelves of gin enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, it invites you to embark on a journey of taste and discovery. Whether sipped alone to relish its complexity or mixed into your favourite cocktail, this ultra-premium gin promises an unparalleled experience. With its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, Cygnet 22 not only delights the palate but also champions a greener future. So, raise your glass to Cygnet 22 – a gin that transcends boundaries and invites you to savour the beauty and spirit of Wales, one sip at a time.