October 25, 2021

York Gin launches Chocolate & Orange gin in time for Christmas

Award-winning York Gin is making a full-strength chocolate and orange gin only two miles from where the Terry’s Chocolate Orange was made.

The Chocolate Orange was invented and manufactured in York’s Terry’s chocolate factory from 1932 until 2005. York is famous for its chocolate-making history, and Rowntrees still make a billion Kit-Kats each year in the city.

York Gin use cocoa beans and fresh oranges in this homage to the chocolate orange. The cocoa nibs (dried, roasted and crushed cocoa beans) are sourced from the York Chocolate Story – a tourist attraction and chocolatier in the city.

The Terry’s Chocolate Factory in York closed in 2005 when production of the Chocolate Orange moved to Poland. Today, all the world’s Chocolate Oranges are made by the Carambar company in France.

All four of the company’s founders live within ten minutes walk of the old Terry’s factory. The factory, overlooking York Racecourse, was recently converted into luxury flats.

York Gin’s motto is ‘History in the Tasting’. Master distiller and co-founder, Harry Cooke, said: ‘We take inspiration from our ancient city’s incredible past.

‘Our range already includes gins inspired by the Romans, Guy Fawkes and the city’s ghosts (York is Europe’s most haunted city). We’re delighted to have created a gin that pays homage to a major part of the city’s chocolate traditions.’

Harry added: ‘We’ve had to alter our distilling technique for this gin. For the orange flavour, we add whole oranges into the mix of botanicals. The alcohol is heated up and the vapour is infused by all these botanicals.  But we added the cocoa nibs into the alcohol itself in a technique called maceration. This brings out the chocolate flavour much more successfully than putting the nibs in the basket along with the other botanicals. 

‘The result is rich and luxurious chocolate with distinct but more subtle zesty orange notes. These combine with the perfect blend of nine original botanicals that win our gins gold medals in international competitions.’

York Gin Chocolate & Orange is available to pre-order with a discount code to email subscribers on Sunday 1st November. They can subscribe at yorkgin.com/offers. It goes on general sale from yorkgin.com and the York Gin shop from Monday 9th November.

(All photo credits: Matthew Kitchen Photography)