Named Toujours 21, the bespoke gin encapsulates Eurostar’s heritage, reminiscent of both British and French cultures. Composed of a mélange of French botanicals and classic floral scents of the British countryside, the rich juniper flavours and citrus traces are blended with the subtle sweetness of honey, creating a balanced gin that is classic yet unique.
Raymond Blanc OBE, Eurostar Business Premier Culinary Director, Eurostar, said:
“When designing the gin, my vision was to take travellers on a journey of taste that played upon all the subtleties of the brand. The aromatic notes of lavender hint to Eurostar’s latest Provencal destination, while the delicate yet clean taste of the angelica evoke memories of the British countryside. By uniting such robust flavours, the bespoke gin is the perfect way to commemorate the anniversary.”
Partnering with Silent Pool Distillers was a natural fit, as the craftsmen share Eurostar and Raymond Blanc’s passion for sustainable ingredients of local provenance. Nestled in the heart of the rural Surrey Hills, the team create the gin from the crystal clear spring waters in their very own ‘Silent Pool’.
Cory Mason, Silent Pool Master Distiller, said: “It’s been an incredible experience working with Raymond Blanc to create the bespoke gin for Eurostar. At Silent Pool Distillery, we pride ourselves in hand-making artisanal spirits using local resources and botanicals. With Raymond's wealth of knowledge and understanding of flavours and ingredients, we were able to create something truly unique.”
The introduction of the gin marks three years since Eurostar and Raymond Blanc joined forces to transform the on board dining experience for Business Premier passengers. Renowned for his passion and innovative culinary expertise, Raymond works with each of Eurostar’s three kitchens to design seasonal menus combining the best of British and French cuisine.
Eurostar is proud to be the first transport provider to receive Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) accreditation as a Two-Star Sustainability Champion for its commitment to sourcing local and sustainably produced ingredients and for pursuing a socially and environmentally responsible approach.
Travellers wishing to preview Toujours 21 may do so in the Eurostar Business Premier lounges in London, Paris and Brussels, where it will be launched as part of the drinks offering. It will then be available to purchase online in the coming weeks.