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The royal family is known for connecting with the community and keeping busy with charitable work, and Prince Charles has a creative new philanthropic venture. According to The Daily Mail, the royal created his own gin and proceeds from sales will benefit the Prince of Wales' Charitable Fund, which supports causes for education, the environment, social inclusion, health, and well-being. Bottles will cost about $47 in United States currency.
Another fun fact about the launch? The gin features herbs Prince Charles grew in his own garden at his Gloucestershire estate in the southwest part of England. The 40 proof drink is made from rare, organic heritage grain from Prince Charles' garden along with lemon verbena, thyme, and rosemary harvested from his flower beds.
Fortnum & Mason, the brand selling the gin, notes that this beverage has a "backbone of juniper and citrus and top notes of lemon verbena, thyme, and rosemary." The company adds that the royal's influence is a direct tie to this drink. "Sweet and lingering, the complex herbal botanicals add layers that give the spirit an elegant aroma and flavour. A truly regal creation inspired by The Royal Gardens at Highgrove," they add.
Prince Charles also worked with The Oxford Artisan Distillery, which is the United Kingdom's first certified organic grain-to-glass distillery, to bring the finished product to life. "We created Highgrove Gin as a team. The result of this collaboration is a spirit that represents and embodies The Royal Gardens at Highgrove," Cory Mason, master distiller, said. "It is traditional, elegant, refined, but with complex herbal notes of a traditional English garden. Like Highgrove itself, it is classic, but there is an element of the wild."