[ad] Last week, I spent a few days exploring Plymouth, a city intertwined with its longstanding maritime roots. I'm here with following on from our trip to Umbria in October, where we helped pick juniper berries from the hillsides of Umbria. . To understand , one must first look at Plymouth, its home city. Located in Devon, Plymouth is the location where the Pilgrim Fathers departed for the ‘New World’ in 1620. This led to later establishing the Plymouth Colony, the 2nd British colony which is now the USA. Throughout the city, you will see the deep-rooted connection with the US and an even greater nod to the maritime heritage that helped establish Plymouth and its businesses to what they are today. . The city’s naval importance led to the devastating bombs during World War II, this is known as the Plymouth Blitz and unfortunately destroyed much of the old city. This has led to a new city, growing up alongside what was left of the historic buildings. It is a great city to explore, and once you get to know the history, you can even appreciate the less pretty, modern architecture that has sprung up all around. . At the heart of the city is the Plymouth Gin’s distillery, which has been in operation since the 1700s, with the building itself dating back to 1431. The global movements of the British Royal Navy led to consumption of Plymouth Gin all over the world, this could be taken neat, unlike London gin. In India it was mixed with tonic water, leading to Gin & Tonic, one of the world’s most well-recognised drinks. . I can’t wait until May to share with you the final piece we have been working on!