GIN really is IT at the moment, we are spoiled for choice by a number of fine craft distilleries producing an exciting range of gins.
The use of the copper pot still has made a comeback and is the heart of the distiller's craft, they often go by lovely names.............
Tamara is the flame-fired copper pot still used by Southwestern Distillery which is to be found near Wadebridge in Cornwall. This family owned distillery produces Tarquin's Hand Crafted Cornish Dry Gin in tiny batches using fragrant Devon violets and fresh orange zest to deliver an aromatic sensation unlike any other. The gin is named after the head distiller, Tarquin, each bottle is sealed with wax and signed by him. A very proud day for the distillery came in 2014 when Tarquin's Hand Crafted Cornish Gin won GOLD at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
In 2009 the family owned distillery of Sipsmith introduced Prudence, their copper pot still, she was the first copper still to be in use in London in nearly 200 years. Sipsmith hand produce three different gins in small batches. London Dry Gin, Sloe Gin and V.J.O.P. a Very Junipery Over Proof gin. Sipsmith Jared says of his V.J.O.P. 'It's big, it's bold and it's as unashamedly junipery as running naked in a pine forest. I just love it!'
Messy Bessy is the nick name of the copper pot still that produces Burleighs London Dry Gin. She was custom made by Arnold Holstein of Germany and installed in a small distillery in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside which was set up by Phil Burley in 2013. Adjacent to the distillery is an ancient woodland named Burleighs wood, in it are found botanicals such as Burdock, Elderberries and Silver Birch all of which contributed to the inspiration that created Burleighs London Dry Gin. The design of the still, the careful sourcing of ingredients and the great skill of the distiller all contribute to its smooth nature.
Take a look at these gins and many more and let us know which GIN is IT for you.
Photograph courtesy of Southwestern Distillery.