AN OLYMPIC star has launched on a journey of gin making with a fellow Ellesmere-based company, the Shropshire Distillery.

Eventer Oliver Townend, who picked up a gold medal at the recent Tokyo Olympics, has teamed up with the Distillery to make a dry gin named after Carousel Quest, on his notable horses.

With 20 per cent of sales going towards the Midlands Air Ambulance and Dogs Trust, Oliver and Distillery owners Gareth and Emma Glynn are delighted to be joining in partnership.

Oliver said: "This is a true artisan gin, handcrafted to celebrate one of the most extraordinary horses I have ever met.

"Carousel Quest won the Burghley Horse Trials while in training with me just down the road from the distillery.

“I’ve picked two charities close to my heart to support, and hope we raise lots of money for them both. With this gin I toast Carousel Quest and invite you to toast your hero too."

Emma added: “We’re really excited to be collaborating with such a sporting legend, neighbour and friend.

"We’ve created a juniper-led premium dry gin which incorporates citrus notes from lemon balm and lemon peel atop a liquorice and cassia warmth with a light fresh sweet orange undertone.

“The Carousel Quest Gin is best served with lemon wheel, premium tonic, and good company. We hope you enjoy this hero worthy gin."

Oliver and Carousel Quest have been together since 2008, and put him on the road to success after winning one of the most prestigious Three-Day Events in the world – The Burghley Horse Trials.

Quest enjoyed years of success with Oliver and when the time came for his retirement, he lived out his days in the field bridging Oliver’s farm and The Shropshire Distillery.

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