A Gin Tour Of The UK- The UK’s Finest & Secret Gin-erys
We are a nation of classy and innovative Gin drinkers and the UK is dotted with some global quality bars that specialise in that thing we hold so dear. . . Gin! After a tipple or 2, we thought to ourselves, I wonder how many secret Gin-erys there are around the UK, I mean some bars wish to remain secret but just like a terrible tabloid journalist in an ol’ timey news office, “We are busting this story wide open” and bringing some of the UK’s best kept secrets to you fine people. No doubt you have a favourite spot to visit in your local area but we thought, why not make our way around the UK.
I recently visited Langley Distillery to find out more about their own brand of gin, Palmer’s Gin. Master Distiller Rob Dorsett showed me around and informed me he has made around 500 different gins! Wow, now that is some experience!
250 years of distilling experience should be enough to launch a new exceptional range, right?
We have tried and tested them for you – these Gins won’t disappoint! The Gins we’re bringing to you this month are the product of the eighth generation Master Distiller Johnny Neill – the creator of the delicious Whitley Neill Gin!
Westward farm is a proper family affair. Aiden and his wife Grace, and his parents Mike and Christine all chip in to help with all parts of the family business, which includes essential oils, toiletries, applejuice and cider, eggs, and more! They even rope their 2 children, Joss 7 and Thea 3, in to picking the gorse flowers! Our favourite product from Westward Farm though, is of course their Gin!
Rural Lancashire countryside is home to Brindle Distillery and signature gin, Cuckoo. Think peaceful, green, and pretty in the summer sunshine. It was exactly that on my recent visit to Brindle and I’m slightly envious of the landscape in which these guys get to call work.
As I arrive Mark Long, Head of Sales and Marketing, shows me fields of growing barley. He explains that if not grown on-site, all Cuckoo botanicals are sourced locally with the plan to become a single estate by September 2017.
Brindle’s commitment to sustainability runs deeper than simply produce alone; a renewable energy biomass boiler heats the copper still and the by-products of the distilling process are fed to the farm’s cattle and free-range chickens. Brindle even use straw to package Cuckoo keeping bottles safe in transit. Any natural waste material is composted and spread on fields, to enrich the soil for growing the following year’s grain.
Last year ILoveGin set out to find a ‘Gintern’ who would visit distilleries around the country, taste-test new gins and mixers, and report back to the team in London. The job advert went viral and was featured on hundreds of websites, newspapers, and on TV, and shared hundreds of thousands of times on social media with over 5,000 people submitting an application! And now we have found our winner!
William’s Gin is the product of the evolution of great British produce, potatoes! It is the 3rd invention of the gourmand William Chase and, as EVERYONE loves the previous two, we are sure that GB Extra Dry Gin and Elegant 48 Gin will delight the most demanding palates.
Kokoro is an exceptional British London Dry Gin with a Japanese heart, where the spirit of the forest lies. The ingredient that makes this gin recognisable and incredibly enjoyable comes all the way from the Afan woods in the land of rising sun! Its story is one of love and respect for something that we too often take for granted, the environment we live in and what it has to offer.