Das ist gut! Leipzig gin comes to Plymouth

By WILLIAM TELFORD, Business Editor, @WTelfordHerald

       TONIC: Leipzig’s Long Horn dry lipsk gin, inset

PRODUCERS of the world’s newest brand of gin are hoping to sell it in the city that is home to one of the oldest.


 VISIT: James Parsons and Nicole Dietz, both from Leipzig, with Long Horn gin in Plymouth


The German delegation which visited Plymouth for the Devon Business Show brought with them the new Long Horn handcrafted lipsk dry gin.

  The drink has a history dating to 1923, and was made by the famous Leipzig drinks maker Wilhelm Horn.


But the brand disappeared during the Communist era, until it was brought back following re-unification.


German businessman Lutz Thielemann (above), ex-managing director of Invest Region Leipzig, recently took control of the rights to the 42 per cent drink and re-started production with gusto.

He sent bottles of Long Horn with the Leipzig delegates to the home of 41.2 per cent Plymouth Gin, distilled in the city since 1793.


 DELEGATION: Lars Winkler, Nicole Dietz, James Parsons and Andreas Thurm at Devon Business Show


“We wanted to bring the first bottles in the UK to the home of gin,” said James Parsons, English-born director of Leipzig languages business ICC Sprachinstitut.

He explained how the gin is flavoured with lime, because the origin of the name Leipzig is a Slavic word for lime tree: lipsk. The trees are common around the city.


 TALE OF TWO CITIES: Leipzig, top, and Plymouth


“My company translated the Long Horn website,” Mr Parsons said. “This is not just a product for Leipzig but for the world.”

He said the producer, Wilhelm Horn Markenspirituosen GmbH, was looking for Plymouth bars that wanted to stock Long Horn and said they could order it off the website.


 DISTILLERY: Plymouth Gin’s home at the Barbican


“But we don’t want it to take the place of Plymouth Gin,” he said. “It would be good to build a bridge between Plymouth and Leipzig.

“And after all, there’s a shop in Leipzig selling (St Austell Brewery’s) Proper Job beer.”


DRINKS: Inside Plymouth Gin’s visitor centre


Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/germans-bring-leipzig-gin-to-the-home-of-plymouth-gin/story-29431579-detail/story.html#ixzz4CJskTLWA

(The visit was organised by Dorcas Media and supported by the Devon Chamber of Commerce)

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