Wright Brothers Half Shell Gin – a unique spirit distilled with oyster shells, Amalfi lemon and kelp seaweed
The idea of an oyster gin came about from us trying to make use of the many oyster shells that we go through in our restaurants. This idea was finally made possible by the team at The Ginstitute, who also produce Portobello Road gin.
They take our Carlingford oyster shells, which are cold-macerated in neutral spirit before being distilled. A percentage of this distillation is then added to the gin. Then the oyster-shell taste is balanced with kelp seaweed, Amalfi lemon and other botanicals like juniper. The result is a delicious, savoury gin with high mineral notes and a pink pepper finish.
London has a rich history of both oysters and gins, both prolific in the Dickensian era. As the leading wholesaler of oysters in the UK, we’re proud to have brought together two of our passions. Wright Brothers co-founder, Robin Hancock says “we’d thought about creating our own wine, but we feel gin, especially this gin, reflects both our restaurants and the city we call home.”
The perfect Christmas gift for both gin-enthusiasts and oyster lovers. Half Shell gin is now available to buy at all our restaurants for £28 and through our selected Deliveroo restaurants (£35). Come and try it in our signature Half Shell Martini, a twist on a classic Martini with Noilly Prat & Audemus Umami.
It’s been a year in the works, so we’re really proud of the final product and hope you’ll enjoy it too!