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Dundee’s Verdant gin named sole supplier to House of Commons

Dundee’s first distillery in 200 years has been awarded sole supplier status to the House of Commons.

Verdant Spirits is providing a special edition of its spirit along with training and tastings for the parliamentary team and members.

Verdant dry gin fought off a shortlist of five from a number of UK national brands, including incumbent supplier, Sipsmith.

The Dundee firm won the tender after scoring top marks in the blind taste test and wowing judges with its presentation in the Parliament.

The deal signalled a “significant opportunity for the Verdant Spirits brand to be elevated to the next level”, said founder and managing director, Andrew Mackenzie.

“We spent two years researching and finessing the perfect dry gin and we firmly believe in our product, but it still felt fantastic to win out in the taste test. To really show our commitment to the process, we didn’t want to simply add a logo or brand to the bottle, we wanted to create a truly co-branded product.”

This marks the second time the contract has been awarded since Sipsmith were chosen to serve back in 2016.

Distilled in small batches in a 500-litre pot still, Verdant Dry Gin is available in a number of premium bars and restaurants.

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