British Airways has launched its own gin for First passengers. The gin which the airline says “has been blended for British Airways following extensive taste tests with First customers at the Concorde Room bar in London” has been created by the Cambridge Distillery.

The main botanicals used in the exclusive herbaceous gin (aside from juniper) are basil, rosemary and thyme, which are all grown in the distillery gardens in Cambridge.

BA says that it serves a total of three million gin and tonics each year.

William Lowe, master distiller and owner of the Cambridge Distillery, said: “We take enormous care making our gins. For British Airways we collected the basil, rosemary and thyme from our very own gardens and distilled them separately to ensure the temperature of distillation of each botanical was just right, then carefully blended them to make British Airways Gin.

“We label each bottle with the British Airways Speedmarque and wax seal them by hand here in Cambridge to create a truly unique product.”

As well as making British Airways Gin, the Cambridge Distillery also make a blend especially for The House of Lords, which is on sale in Parliament.

From next year customers flying from T5 will be able to use a new entrance to the Concorde Room called The First Wing