EastEnders Legend Ian Beale Has His Own Gin
You'll probably know Adam Woodyat as the longest-serving cast member on EastEnders, the British soap in which he stars as fish and chip shop maestro and all-round melt Ian Beale.
Beale has had a bit of a rough time over the years, having gone through several failed marriages and the death of a daughter - who, it turned out, was murdered by her very own brother. Dark times, indeed.
Thankfully, his real-life counterpart seems to be having a much nicer time, as Woodyat produces his own gin with wife Beverley.
Neat Gin is an 'extremely versatile' London dry gin containing eight botanicals, which gives a nose that is 'both floral and woody'.
"The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy giving notes of citrus and spice with a lengthy finish," Neat Gin's website explains.
Woodyat told the Bristol Post: "Our story is quite a simple one. We just wanted to make gin.
"Beverley and I found a 15th century recipe and used that as our starting point.
"There was a list of botanicals but no quantities and was like a jigsaw without a picture.
"We tried different combinations, constantly tasting and testing until the eleven botanicals became eight."
Woodyat, who has played the long-suffering Ian Beale in British soap EastEnders since 1985, will also be hosting a gin event in North Somerset next month, giving people a chance to try out his gin and find out more about the story behind it.
Woodyat continued: "It's great that we can now share our journey with other gin enthusiasts and I'm looking forward to visiting Cadbury House and meeting lots of guests to chat and talk about our experience.
"Gin of course has a long history with London, but it was in fact the Dutch who are thought to have really invented the spirit.
"It was in the late 1600s that the first gin craze really took off in London and was a period where a pint of gin was cheaper than a pint of beer!
"Luckily today things are a little calmer, however gin has certainly had something of a renaissance, and is now viewed as the bedrock for a huge range of cocktails and of course the classic G&T."
Congratulations @AdamWoodyatt He's poured his heart into his new boutique gin and it's really lovely!! Crisp and clean with layers of botanicals :blush::clap: this is a far cry from the Queen Vic :wink: pic.twitter.com/x5mMP2QpGt
- Phillip Schofield (@SchofeOnWine) December 10, 2018
Oh, and it's even had the seal of approval from Phillip Schofield. Happy days.
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