New gins take inspiration from Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Garden

Two of the region’s top visitor attractions have launched their own gins, with the spirits drawing on the heritage of their sites.
Alnwick Garden has launched a Poison Garden Gin which is distilled using fruits from its medieval Medlar tree. Fruits from the tree, which are typically harvested in December and once offered one of the few sources of sugar available at that time only become edible when they are overly ripe.
The Garden – whose Poison Garden section hosts more than 100 toxic and mind-altering botanicals – has worked with Durham Distillers to produce the gin which, despite its name, is entirely safe to …