Raising a Glass to These 6 Women Making Gin!
On Sunday the 8th March it’s International Women’s Day! This is a global day celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality. We thought we would celebrate six incredible women who are behind some of our favourite gins!
Holly Harwood – Hollys Gin
Our very own Gintern, Holly has created a delicious and award-winning London Dry Gin!
Holly launched Hollys’ Gin gin back in 2018 with a successful Crowd Funder campaign. It took Holly two years to create the recipe in her London kitchen and nearly another year to design her beautiful bottle!
There are 9 botanicals in total. The 3 key ones are Orange, Gentian root and Passion Flower. Holly was drinking passion flower tea for years (it’s recommended for its calming benefits). The flower looks pretty cool too! It doesn’t taste too floral but perhaps similar to Meadowsweet. There is an earthy, rich aroma. The gin itself is fresh, vibrant and perfect with a premium tonic water with a garnish of orange peel….it’s so good!
Holly’s Gin is distilled at Trevethan Distillery in Cornwall, where she fills and labels every bottle, handwriting the batch numbers on each one too! Holly now lives back in her home county of Cornwall and loves it!
As well as being our Gintern, Holly runs her business entirely on her own. The gin is stocked in many shops and bars across Cornwall and is continuing to go from strength to strength! We couldn’t be more proud, Holly!
Victoria Christie – Graveney Gin
Graveney Gin is an extremely small batch and truly handcrafted gin! Founder and Master Distiller Victoria is so passionate about gin and about using great ingredients to make it!
Victoria launched her gin at a local festival in Tooting in September 2015, with Victoria selling 120 bottles! The following year she quit her day job to open a shop/bar in Tooting Market. Following a successful Crowd Funding campaign, a 30L still was able to be purchased, which makes 30 bottles per batch!
The gin has a fruity and smooth taste due to the unique blend of botanicals used to make it, such as punchy Juniper Berries, Pink Grapefruit, Gogi Berries, Baobab, Fresh Orange, Orris Root & Angelica Root.
Due to Victoria’s love of gorillas, Graveney Gin gives 10% of all their profits to Gearing Up For Gorillas, a non profit charity which helps conserve the rare mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Eastern DR Congo.
Make sure you head to Tooting Market to sample a glass or two of this delicious gin!
Joanne Moore – G&J Distillers
Joanne Moore is the Master Distiller of G&J Distillers, part of the international spirits group Quintessential Brands. Joanne is truly a master of her craft! Joanne is the custodian of the Quintessential Brands gins and brand developer for their new products.
Joanne is one of the first female Gin Master Distillers in the world. She is responsible for the creation of four international gins: BLOOM, Berkeley Square London Dry, Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin and Thomas Dakin Gin and for the distillation of Greenall’s The Original London Dry Gin, as well as a number of other brands.
Joanne Moore has worked with G&J Distillers since 1996! It is within this role that Joanne developed her passion for new product development. We absolutely love the gins that Joanne produces!
Natalie Wallis-Palmer – Langley Distillery
Natalie Wallis-Palmer, master distiller at Langley Distillery in the heart of the Black Country has said, “I am the sixth generation in a family of distillers, so it was only natural that this would be my chosen career path too.”
Langley distillery was founded by Natalie’s great-great-great grandfather, William Palmer, more than 200 years ago, and 2020 is their 100th year of producing gin!
Natalie was responsible for launching Langley’s first own name gin brand in 2017 – Palmers London Dry Gin.
Angela is the still that produces Palmers Gin and was built in 1903. It is one of seven copper stills at Langley Distillery, all of which are named after instrumental women in the company’s history.
Angela was an important lady in the Palmer history. She created a gin recipe that was given as gifts to staff members. This recipe has been handed down and now jazzed up a bit to become the Palmer’s Gin we know today!
It was Natalie (Angela’s granddaughter) who felt the time was right for everyone to be able to enjoy her Gran’s secret 300 year old recipe! Thank you Natalie!!
Kate Gregory and Helen Muncie – The Gin Kitchen
“Helen, Helen! We’re going to set-up a distillery!”
Their journey began early 2016 when Kate was inspired by an article about the gin revival on the radio and simply knew that she had to set up a distillery. They invested the money that we would usually spend on gin on a beautiful copper alembic still from Portugal.
The Gin Kitchen Distillery opened in November 2016 and their gins quickly became popular throughout Dorking.
Kate and Helen only make around 30 bottles in a batch so each and every bottle receives the personal care and attention needed to create fabulous gin! From start to finish each batch takes about five days to complete.
We appreciate all their hard work as their gins are delicious!
Thank you to all the wonderful women who make delicious gin for us to enjoy! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we’re celebrating all women in the gin industry! 😄
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