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Portobello Road Gin Local Heroes With Mark Knopfler

Portobello Road Gin Local Heroes 3 – With Dire Straits Frontman, Mark Knopfler


The Local Heroes collection is an occasional release of very limited edition gins created in collaboration with some of our own personal heroes and people whom we feel best embody the spirit of Portobello Road.

We are delighted to announce the third installment in this collection is with none other than the legendary Mark Knopfler, frontman of the Dire Straits and one of the world’s best guitarists.

Mark – who is a passionate gin fan and former Notting Hill local – worked with Portobello Road Gin’s co-founder, Jake F. Burger to create Local Heroes No.3, which is a bold gin that combines Portobello Road Gin’s nine signature botanicals with lime zest, fresh cucumber peel and olive oil. The unique combination of botanicals results in a robustly ginny profile with strong spice flavour and heat which are quickly tempered by the coolness of cucumber. It has a soft, full, creamy mouth feel.

Each of the limited edition, artisan bottles made will be distilled on Portobello Road in their 400L copper alembic still ‘King Henry, then bottled and labelled by hand. The bottle’s decorative label design, which was designed by creative agency Analogue alongside Mark, is inspired by the Dire Straits frontman’s passion for guitars. On the inside label of each bottle there is an image of Mark’s famous 1937 14-fret National Style “O” Resonator. There is also a nod to the days when Mark would sport a headband for his live performances, so each bottle come with its own miniature version in red.


This expression of Portobello Road Gin is reassuringly familiar, but with distinct and noticeable elements which differentiate it from the classic version. On the nose all the juniper and spice that we’d expect to be there are just as abundant as ever, however the citrus and the floral characteristics are somewhat more defined, the zestiness of fresh lime excites the nostrils and an ethereal hint of violet perfume comes and goes in an instant.

On the palate this gin is instantly evocative of summer, fresh, clean, floral and crisp, like running to Wimbledon through a wild flower meadow whilst eating a hastily thrown together cucumber sandwich. In the mouth though the taste and aroma bely the intensity of this gin. The viscosity and weight, provided by a liberal dose of olive oil which has been added to the spirit before distillation, make this a gin which would be oh so at home in a Martini – or any other gin forward cocktails. There is an explosion of flavour midway through the first sip and a finish which continues to evolve, change and surprise, it stays with you, reverberating around the taste buds long into the night. This gin starts out quietly and peacefully like an acoustic folks song, has a virtuoso solo in the middle eight, and then lingers like the tinnitus that follows a rock n roll gig where the amplifiers were turned up to eleven.