Heathrow press releases

05 July, 2017

Heathrow launches destination inspired Gin and Tonic T-bags alongside Exclusive Gin

Heathrow Gin Festival


  • Gin sales increased by 36% at Heathrow in 2016
  • Limited Edition T-bag infusions range will be available from 1st July to celebrate Heathrow Gin Festival
  • Over 40 varieties of gin are sold at Heathrow, of these 96% are British made
  • Gin festival includes exclusive gins, cocktails, tastings and dishes across the airport


Heathrow and Chase Distillery have partnered to create an exclusive gin, only available at the UK’s biggest international airport. The new flavour has been created as part of a six-week long gin festival celebrating the incredibly popular spirit, which also sees the creation of a limited edition range of G&T-Bags inspired by the airport’s top 10 destinations. Visitors can also enjoy exclusive gin cocktails and dishes infused with the spirit in a number of restaurants throughout Heathrow.

Heathrow Exclusive GB Gin from Chase Distillery

10,000 bottles of the new Heathrow Exclusive GB Gin, by Chase Distillery will be available to purchase at Heathrow from 1st July. The distinctive dark green bottle has a union flag on the front and prominent GB marking to signify the very British drink.

To create the unique Heathrow GB Gin, Chase began by using the finest award-winning potato spirit from their Single-Estate farm in Herefordshire. After 119 distillations, the spirit is rested for ten days before being transferred into their pot still “Ginny”.

The finest botanicals from around the world were selected for the gin: Juniper from Macedonia for its superb oil content and flavour, the start of every gin should have the very best juniper. Oris root from China for its floral notes balance with sweet honeyed elderflowers from the Chase farm. Warming spice from Madagascan cloves. So much flavour into a small still requires the botanicals to be split between the still and the infusion chamber. After four hours of vapour infusion, the distillate is then blended back to a perfect balance, using additional award winning spirit and water sourced from the farm’s borehole.

Each batch is individually made and signed off by James Chase before being hand finished with a wax dip on the bottling line.  

Limited Edition G&T-Bags

Over 40 varieties of gin are sold at Heathrow, and of these three quarters are British made. The unique T-bags are completely new to the UK, with infusions replicating flavours from three of the top destinations Heathrow flies to; the USA, India and Sweden

The USA G&T-bag combines red berries, hibiscus and apple for a sweet and rich taste, perfect for pairing with a juniper-based gin. Sweden’s ‘Rose Jasmine’ flavor is brimming with soft floral aromas; blending jasmine tea, rose petals, hibiscus and apple; best paired with a spiced gin. The India G&T-bag has a sweet, sour and spicy fusion of lemon, orange, black pepper and cardamom, which perfectly complements more floral gins.

Infused with dry blended botanicals and herbs, each pyramid-shaped silk pouch infuses in a gin and tonic to give an enhanced flavour experience, creating beautiful pastel shades as the natural ingredients slowly release their aromas and colours.

Chris Annetts, Retail and Service Director at Heathrow said:

“Gin is a quintessentially British drink and a really popular choice with our passengers and the Gin Festival is a great way to celebrate this fantastic spirit.

“We’re really excited for passengers to try this unique gin; combining British craftsmanship with the finest ingredients from our much loved global destinations. We hope our passengers enjoy the new, distinctive flavour as much as we have enjoyed working with Chase Distillery.”

.William Chase, said:

“We are very proud and delighted to be working with World Duty Free and Heathrow on the Heathrow Exclusive GB Gin.  We’re now in our tenth year at Chase Distillery and what better way to celebrate this than in style at Heathrow, with its passengers”

Notes to editors

Heathrow Exclusive GB Gin is available to purchase at Heathrow for £29 throughout the duration of the festival. Passengers can pre-order the gin before they travel at Boutique.Heathrow.com.

The exclusive Heathrow G&T-bags will be available as a gift with the purchase of every bottle of gin over £29 in participating World Duty Free stores at Heathrow from 1st July.

Exclusive GB Gin by Chase Distillery:

Perfect serve:

Served over ice with tonic and a slice of root ginger.

Tasting Notes:

There is cinnamon essence with a warming spice, creating flavours of Christmas cake and spicy gingerbread. The flavour has pine and smokiness scent, with subtle hints of grapefruit citrus and spice to give it a truly distinctive taste.

Top gin purchasers by destination:

The top 10 destinations who bought gin from Heathrow in 2016 were:

  • USA
  • UAE
  • Canada
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Ireland
  • India
  • Norway


Katie Bowman
PR Manager