Chilgrove Gin: distilled from grape alcohol!

Chilgrove Gin is a very exciting spirit, as the base comes not from distilled grain but distilled grapes instead!  This is similar to years ago when Jenever was distilled from wine in Holland! There are 3 gins in the range and we think you will love all of them…

The Story

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, surrounded by woodland and steeped in thousands of years of history and tradition lies the sleepy Sussex hamlet of Chilgrove. This beautiful corner of rural England is home to Chilgrove handcrafted spirits!

 

Handcrafted using traditional methods and distilled with natural mineral water filtered through the very chalk Downs which surround Chilgrove; this lovely London Dry Gin marries the finest Sussex-grown botanicals together with a neutral spirit distilled from grapes!

 

 

 

Distilled from Grape Alcohol

Chilgrove Signature Edition Gin was the very first English gin to be made solely from grape alcohol.

Whilst it is widely known that English gin as we know it today has its roots in 17th Century Holland and is derived from the Juniper-based drink Jenever, it’s a lesser known fact that Jenever was originally made using alcohol distilled from wine. The change to a cereal-base occurred as a result of a wine-shortage in Holland driven by the significant effects the ‘Little Ice Age’ had on European viticulture coupled with changes in the political landscape.

Many new gins rely on an increased number of ingredients to present complexity and character, but the Chilgrove approach is entirely different. The result is a very elegant style of gin!

 

The Gins

 

Chilgrove Bluewater Edition

Inspired by the rich history that exists between England and Australia, both in terms of the early explorers & settlers and also the subsequent maritime trade-routes. The botanicals which have been chosen all had their part to play in this story.

Why ‘Bluewater’?

Australia is well known for its plethora of native plants, many of which were not only used by the indigenous population for tens of thousands of years but were also relied upon by the first European settlers. These unique foods continue to be popular in the present day.

Chilgrove Bluewater Edition embraces these native botanicals to create a gin that marries distinctive Australian flavours alongside a backbone of quintessentially English ingredients.

Atlantic G&T (Perfect Serve)

  • 50ml Chilgrove Bluewater Gin
  • 100ml Tonic
  • Twist of Orange peel
  • Sprig of Lemon Thyme

Fill a chilled balloon glass with chunky ice. Pour in the tonic, add the gin then stir gently. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and a sprig of lemon thyme.

 

Bluewater Gin Botanicals


 

Chilgrove Signature Edition Gin

“The Gin for all seasons”

11 botanicals were chosen for their ability to bring something truly special! The unique recipe embraces the hidden virtues of wild water mint, grains of paradise and citrus peel, complementing juniper berry and coriander seed.

Each small batch of Chilgrove Gin is crafted in traditional pot stills under the watchful eye of their master distiller, who just happens to be the scion of a gin distilling dynasty that stretches back to the 17th Century.

 

 

Chilgrove Gin & Tonic

  • 50ml Chilgrove Signature Edition Gin
  • Tonic water

Pour the gin into a Collins glass over chunky ice cubes and top up with tonic water. Garnish with a generous sprig of freshly picked English mint.

 

 

Chilgrove Bramble Gin

Chilgrove combine 100% grape-alcohol with crystal-clear Sussex natural mineral water, from South Downs Water, along with twelve carefully balanced botanicals including blackberry.

The resulting London Dry Gin is then infused with whole English blackberries. A seriously-smooth, ruby-red gin just bursting with fruit, with juniper remaining at the forefront!

 

 

Bramble G&T

 

  • 50ml Chilgrove Bramble Edition Gin
  • 100ml Light tonic

Build in a chilled balloon glass with chunky ice, garnish with a frozen blackberry and slices of apple.



 
You can find more info and many wonderful Chilgrove cocktail recipes on their website

 


Want to give Chilgrove Gin a try? We have their Bluewater Edition in this month’s box!

Then why not join the ILoveGin club where we send you a new box like the ones below for just £14/m inc free delivery, you’ll get 2 new gins and 2 tonic/mixers each month to try, enough to make 4 G&Ts plus discounts on full size bottles.

Limited Time Offer: Get your first box for just £9 including delivery, that’s £9 for 4 x G&Ts, use code: GINBLOG5OFF at checkout at ILoveGin.com/join