Warwickshire Peeping Tom Dry Gin 50cl
The newest addition to the Warwickshire Gin fold is the truly tempting “Peeping Tom” our 40% ABV Dry Gin.
We’ve taken our signature core of botanicals and gently spiced them up with star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon, treat for your taste buds. Serve with Indian tonic over ice and garnish with a slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick for a touch of seasonal sass. Alternatively Indian tonic and a liquorice stick for that cheeky olde sweet shop finish.
Do you know the story of Peeping Tom? It’s a cautionary tale indeed! The legend of Lady Godiva’s infamous ride through Coventry has been told and retold for centuries, so the facts are a little sketchy – but we won’t let that get in the way of a good story!
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…
The first question one might ask is why a Lady of good standing would choose to ride naked through the streets? Well, the rather marvellous Lady Godiva was very unhappy that her husband, Leofric The Earl of Mercia, put such a huge tax burden on the Coventry citizens. She begged and pleaded with her husband to relieve the townsfolk of such exorbitant taxes, but her pleas fell on deaf ears. Legend has it that she persisted with her cause and would not let the matter drop with her husband. Her husband grew impatient with her dogged tenacity and gave her an offer that he thought she would refuse. He challenged her to ride through the streets of Coventry naked.
He clearly underestimated Lady Godiva’s compassionate nature as she took up his challenge and ordered the people to remain indoors with their windows and doors barred. They were happy to obey out of respect for her and what she was willing to do for them. Lady Godiva mounted her horse, completely naked. She loosened her long hair so that it fell freely around her body like a cloak.
She started her ride through silent, deserted street – all windows were shut and not a soul was to be seen. Only one man, the town tailor called Tom, was unable to resist his urge to gaze upon the beautiful Lady Godiva. He peeped out of his window and watched her ride by – but legend has it that his crime did not go unpunished… Tom was struck blind! Some say it was heavenly retribution, others say that the people of the town blinded him for his audacity.
Lady Godiva returned to her husband a triumphant woman. Her husband had no choice other than to grant her request and abolish the heavy taxes. An annual pageant is held in Coventry to celebrate Lady Godiva's original route through the town.