Gintern Visits: Newton House Gin
What an incredible location for distilling gin! Newton House Gin is set on the grounds of this beautiful house with 60 acres of garden in South Somerset. I went to visit and fell in love with not only the scenery but their delicious gin too!
Newton House Gin is a hand crafted, small batch gin distilled, bottled and labelled in Somerset. It is by Robin and Jane Cannon and was awarded a Gold Medal in this years World Gin Awards in the category for London Dry Gin. Robin and Jane were keen on creating a unique London Dry Gin with flavours from some of the botanicals grown in their beautiful gardens.
I met with Jane who firstly very kindly showed me around their Bespoke Gin House, which holds Gin & Jazz nights! It’s very cool and I can see why it is so popular. We then met with Master Distiller Tristan Jorgensen who we found in their distillery, which is an old carpenter’s workshop. Now, what a wonderful distillery it is!
They use three 60 litre copper pot stills called Unity, Liberty and Hope which produce up to 210 bottles per distillation. The gin is made from English grown distilled wheat spirit and twelve botanicals, Almonds, Juniper, Liquorice, Angelica Root, Coriander Seeds, Bergamot, Grapefruit , Lemon and Orange Peel, Peaches, Mint, and Blueberries!
I love the fact that some of these botanicals are found in their garden, and also they use Newton House Estate’s spring water which has flowed, uninterrupted into the River Yeo for centuries. Carefully blended by Tristan with this selection of botanicals, you end up with a gin that’s clean, zesty with a hint of English garden fragrances.
The Perfect Serve? Newton House Gin over ice with a bruised mint leaf or three, a slice of lime and Fever-Tree Tonic. Delicious!
It was a very cold day on my visit and I got stuck in the snow after, but this is a gin that takes you right to a hot summer’s day! I was also lucky to be made one of their signature cocktails, called the ‘Newton House Turkish Delight‘ (find the recipe here). Delicate rose flavours with their gin is a winner. All this whilst having a cuddle with their gorgeous dog!
One of the great things about visiting distilleries (other than enjoying a G&T!) is that I can visibly see the passion from the makers. It is very clear that so much goes into making each bottle of gin. I really like how everything is linked to the house and gardens too! You know that this gin is made all in one place from start to finish.
Thank you so much to everyone at Newton House Gin for showing me around! You can find out more about them by checking out their website.
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