Olympic Gold Medallist Collaborates with The Shropshire Distillery

The world number one event rider, Oliver Townend MBE, has joined forces with The Shropshire Distillery to produce a dry gin named after one his most notable horses, Carousel Quest. 20% of profits from the new release will be donated to Midlands Air Ambulance and the Dogs Trust.

Oliver Townend has won multiple medals from international championships, most recently a team gold from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

In 2008 a horse named Carousel Quest joined the operations of a young, still relatively unknown rider who had recently bought himself a farm in Shropshire. The pair quickly rose to success, winning their first international competition together and the following year winning one of the most prestigious Three-Day Events in the world; The Burghley Horse Trials. In the winner’s interview, Oliver said he hoped this win with ‘Quest’ would allow him to forge a future for himself. 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. 

Husband-and-wife team, Emma and Gareth Glynn from The Shropshire Distillery formed a friendship with Oliver, and began crafting the gin together.

Oliver Townend 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 whilst 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 Glynn adds, “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!”

To purchase the Carousel Quest Gin visit www.theshropshiredistillery.co.uk.