Pickering’s Gin & British Airways

Pickering’s Gin & British Airways create world’s first sky-high gin

Botanically engineered to enjoy at 30,000ft

BA ginIn a world first, Edinburgh based Pickering’s Gin, have created a gin that has been specifically developed to be enjoyed at altitude. The gin is available to drink onboard on all short haul flights and through the High Life shop as part of a trio pack.

It’s distilled at Edinburgh’s Summerhall Distillery. The unique 10-botanical gin celebrates the very best of British flora and fauna – juniper, rose petals and heather – alongside signature Pickering’s botanicals of lime, lemon, cardamom and cinnamon. The resulting spirit is the product of close collaboration, working together to ensure that flavour is at a maximum in the air, but tastes just as good on the ground.

Central to the flavour profile of the Pickering’s British Airways Centenary Gin is the addition of lemon myrtle. In contrast to other classic acidic citrus fruits, lemon myrtle imparts natural sweetness alongside the bold citrus flavour to the gin. This adds a fresh taste without the bitter edge, balancing with the sweet floral notes of heather and rose. It delivers an enhanced sweetness and depth of flavour that is missing in many commercial gins when consumed at altitude.

Tasting Notes at 30,000ft:

A naturally balanced sweet and spiced gin; a beautiful note of juniper and citrus from the lemon myrtle paired alongside the heather and rose petal. This balances the sweet spice of cinnamon and cardamom to give a lovely flavoursome gin.

Tasting Notes at 10,000ft and below:

A complex and beautifully classic gin with a bouquet of bold, floral juniper and zesty, sweet, lemon myrtle citrus. Delicate hints of rose and Scottish heather, warming cardamom and cinnamon spice.

Pickering’s British Airways Centenary Gin is available to drink on board all economy flights under 4 hours from 1st May. Served with a Schweppes 1783 and slice of lemon over ice, it will be offered as BA’s premium G&T serve on board for the remainder of their Centenary.

Passengers will also be able to buy the Centenary Gin as part of a limited-edition triple ‘Gin Flight’ miniature gift pack. Sold on board all long haul and non-EU flights through the High Life Shop.

British Airways will be releasing a series of ‘centenary editions’ in partnership with British brands during its milestone year.


For more information about Pickering’s Gin and the Summerhall Distillery, visit here