A Short History of Thomas Dakin Gin ...

Thomas Dakin, is recognised as the forefather of modern gin, having founded a distillery and distilled the original spirit in 1761 at the age of 25.

Built on Bridge Street in Warrington, this was the first major distillery outside London. An original thinker, Dakin’s pioneering techniques put an emphasis on quality, moving away from the corrupt and exploitative gin production of the first half of the eighteenth century.

The Thomas Dakin Distillery thrived because there was a big local market for his products. Late 18th Century Warrington was a thriving hub with close proximity to the ports in Liverpool. This meant that travellers, sailors and water workers were the first to appreciate Thomas Dakin’s gin. They were soon followed however by local people, eager to copy London fashion.

However Dakin’s gin was far removed from the rough concoctions sold in the gin shops of London. Right from the very start it was a high quality product. So, in tribute to this Northern gin pioneer, this 21st reincarnation of Thomas Dakin Gin has been created around high-quality and traditional botanicals – including the interesting Red Cole, a type of the 18th century name for horseradish that was used in Thomas Dakin’s day as a stimulant to revive weary travellers on long journeys.

The beautiful packaging for Thomas Dakin Gin takes inspiration from the original 18th century bottles. Created by Here Design before being manufactured to the most exacting standards by Allied Glass, the unique ‘brick like’ heavy weight square bottle was designed to reflect the industrial heritage of Thomas Dakin. Produced by a team of highly skilled craftsmen at Allied’s Knottingley facility, the stunning smoked grey colour and bold embossing on three of the four panels, combine perfectly to reflect the traditional crafting of this very special spirit.