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Slingsby and Lions are perfect fit in new partnership

Slingsby Artisan Gin is made with locally-sourced botanicals, Harrogate aquifer water and pure single grain spirit.

The Lions Gin Tour Edition has been created specifically to commemorate the 2017 Tour to New Zealand and is now available to buy in store and online. Only 2,017 bottles have been produced, beautifully presented in a wooden commemorative gift box.

The partnership is a perfect fit for Slingsby. Like the Lions, we seek to do things differently and look to follow a similar ethos to the Lions.  We are extremely proud of who we are but we also celebrate and respect others that we play against.” comments Marcus Black co-founder and joint Managing Director of Spirit of Harrogate.

Born in New Zealand where rugby is considered to be almost a religion, Black spent his childhood dreaming of playing for the All Blacks.  He attended his first Lions match in 1977 at the Carisbrook Stadium, Dunedin and his passion for the game and that of the iconic red jersey has stayed with him ever since.

The Lions have always been close to my heart. We are truly honored to be able to support the team on their 2017 tour to New Zealand. Having been 40 years since I was last in New Zealand, being able to support the Lions in my birthplace carries extra special meaning for me”

Mike Carthy, fellow founder and Managing Director comments: “Having a deep routed passion for the game, it is an amazing honour to be partnering with The British & Irish Lions. Our core company values mirror those of the Lions – Respect, Passion, Friendship and Integrity. These values are carried through all areas of our business and have been critical to Slingsby’s success and achievements so far.”

Hailing from Leeds with strong ties to the Headingley stadium, Carthy has always been a keen supporter of the both codes both locally and internationally. Having played and coached for several regional rugby clubs before he moved upstairs to manage Yorkshire based team; Burley Lions, it is with no coincidence that the team bares a similar name – the admiration and respect for the Lions was his inspiration.

“I fondly remember when the Lions won a series in New Zealand and it has always been my dream to see them play the All Blacks so, to support them as an Official Supplier, is also an absolute honour.”

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