English rock band The Libertines are expanding their empire with the release of their own craft spirit, Gunga Gin. The small batch booze is being released in conjunction with the opening of their new multipurpose space dubbed The Albion Rooms located in Margate, Kent.
The gin’s name is adapted from The Libertines song “Gunga Din” which took its inspiration from a Rudyard Kipling poem. Silver Circle Distillery, which handles the distilling, blending, bottling and labeling of the gin, describes it on their website as “a spicy tipple with hints of black pepper and cardamom. Perfect for a little drinky now and then.” The site also notes that “an initial run of 500 bottles is on sale now and available while stocks last.”
After teasing the project since at least 2016, The Libertines finally opened the door on their Albion Rooms project in August after much resistance from local residents and a significant fundraising effort which included offering fans the opportunity to purchase bricks which would go toward construction.
The property is a five-storey, ten-room Victorian era building that houses (so far) two bars and a recording studio. In 2020 construction will also complete on a restaurant, which will feature local and international guest chefs, and a hotel that will feature rooms themed by each member of the band.