Singapore Airlines has partnered with London-based gin distiller Hayman’s to launch a commemorative gin.
The partnership is designed to celebrated the airline’s 50th anniversary of flying between London and Singapore, with the carrier launching flights to the English capital in 1971.
Singapore Airlines Connoisseur Dry Gin fuses Hayman’s London Dry Gin recipe with the Asian flavours of Kumquat, Lemongrass, Galangal and Persian Lime. The four natural botanicals were chosen to “invoke the familiar and exotic citrus flavours synonymous with large parts of Singapore Airlines’ heartland: Southeast Asia”.
According to the release, the gin is “tangy and zesty with bright juniper and hints of spice, rounded by a delicate sweetness” and has a smooth finish. It is designed to be paired with a premium tonic, or can be used as part of a cocktail.
The gin has been handmade and small batch distilled using Hayman’s traditional two-day distillation process. The Asian botanicals were distilled at the same time as the existing ten botanicals in Hayman’s 150-year old family London Dry Gin recipe, and the English wheat spirit is infused with the botanicals for an entire day to provide maximum flavour development.
The gin will feature in the carrier’s SilverKris Lounge at Heathrow T2 from September, and the 70cl bottle will be available to purchase for £35 at haymansgin.com.
Members of the KrisFlyer frequent flyer programme will also receive a special offer, according to the release.
Mohamed Rafi Mar, General Manager UK and Ireland, Singapore Airlines, commented:
“Singapore Airlines is excited to be partnering with the city’s foremost family distillers to celebrate 50 years of flying from London to Singapore. We hope that it will excite those already familiar with Hayman’s London Dry Gin by transporting them in taste to some of our most popular destinations, which we hope will fully reopen to travellers again very soon.”
James Hayman, co-owner of Hayman’s Gin, added:
“We are thrilled to have collaborated with Singapore Airlines. It has been great fun working on this gin together and fusing the very essence of London and Singapore to create this delightful gin.”
Last month, the airline celebrated the milestone with a 48-hour flash sale and teased two new food and drinks partnerships with British brands.
Singapore Airlines currently operates 18 weekly flights from London, plus three weekly flights from Manchester to Singapore and beyond.