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Xoriguer Gin

Published:  18 January, 2007

Nearly 300 year-old Mahon gin, named Xoriguer about 100 years ago, is one of only two gins in Europe to have a specific appellation - or EU designation of origin - meaning it can only be made on the island, according to a specific distillation process.

The Xoriguer recipe is a legacy from the early 18th century when the British Mediterranean fleet was based in Menorca and distilled gin for its soldiers and sailors.

Today the same recipe, using local grape spirit and botanicals, is well-known throughout the Baleraric islands and Spain. Typically, the gin is drunk with locally-produced cloudy lemonade, a delicious mix known as pomada'.

Susannah Sheppard, managing director of Blue Island Ltd, which has the exclusive distribution rights to the UK, said: "Xorgiuer has a wonderful British gin heritage, but is also very distinctive and Menorquin. Every year 30,000 British holidaymakers visit the distiller. They leave loving Xoriguer and wanting to buy it at home."