Adam von Gootkin, CEO and Co-Founder of Highclere Castle Spirits, talks about his passion for the spirits industry and his family legacy in the industry dating back to the 1800s. Adam shares the remarkable story of how he connected with the 8th Earl & Countess of Carnarvon, the owners of Highclere Castle, to collaborate to create an award-winning gin. Highclere Castle is known to millions of fans globally as the home in the award-winning TV series and motion picture, Downton Abbey. Adam’s commitment to authenticity and vision to “liquify the spirit” of Highclere Castle has culminated in the creation of a super-premium gin made from the oats and botanicals grown on Highclere Castle Estate, specifically, lavender planted by the Bishops of Winchester in the 9th century. Adam talks about the importance of his philosophy of aligning all aspects of the business around the purpose of Highclere Castle Gin – distinct authenticity rooted in the terroir of the estate, a celebration of history, uniqueness, and irreplaceable pedigree.