September 16, 2021

Christmas comes early for York Gin’s boozy Chocolate Orange

A gin inspired by the Terry’s Chocolate Orange has become a best seller as locked-down drinkers get into the Christmas spirit early. York Gin is struggling to keep up with demand for the full-strength gin, which it calls ‘Christmas in a glass since it went on sale on 1st November.

The company makes the gin only two miles from the old Terry’s factory where the Chocolate Orange was invented and made for decades. It’s a limited release just for Christmas.

York Gin’s Master Distiller and co-founder, Harry Cooke, said: “We gave it a soft launch last week on 1st November thinking a few regular customers might fancy giving it a go. But since the day it launched it’s been far and away our best seller – it’s already netted us several thousand pounds in its first few days. We’re having to work overtime to keep up with demand.”

York Gin Chocolate & Orange is distilled with fresh oranges and cocoa beans along with nine more classic gin botanicals including juniper, coriander and lemon peel.

The company have recently won a string of gold medals at top spirits competitions for their other gins including London Dry, Old Tom and a super-strength Outlaw gin inspired by Guy Fawkes. 

The Chocolate Orange was invented in York in 1932 and was made in the city until 2005.  All the world’s Chocolate Oranges are now made in France. 

Harry Cooke, Master Distiller, and Hannah Fish, Events Manager

York Gin co-founder and marketing director, Emma Godivala, said: “The Chocolate Orange is the taste of Christmas. But this year boozy Chocolate Orange is the taste of lockdown too. After several days of record online sales, we can definitely say Christmas has come early this year.”

York Gin Chocolate & Orange (42.5% ABV) is available from at £39 for a 70cl bottle. 

Product Photo credit: Matthew Kitchen Photography