Growing up, our parents motto was always ‘If you want something done properly, do it yourself’. We never knew how much this had rubbed off on us until we set about building a business plan for our distillery and found it very difficult to let anyone else be involved! This is why from creating our own base spirit through to bottling our gin, we do it all ourselves on site (which explains our lack of social life!).
Although our values of hard work and no shortcuts are old fashioned, our gins certainly are not. We have combined the hands-on process of mashing in our cane sugar base (using a canoe paddle – we’ve found it works best…) and preparing our fresh fruits and other botanicals, with a state of the art glass, stainless steel and copper distillery and a beautifully modern set of botanical flavours. We value the traditional methods of distilling, but we are still happy to push the boundaries and add our own creativity.
Our parents run a micro brewery in our hometown of Cheltenham, so it felt like the process of making alcohol was something which we were bound to end up doing to some extent. The four of us (two brothers and two sisters) chose to open our distillery in our hometown too, next door to our family brewery in 2014. Although young when we launched (the oldest of us, Felix, just 22 at the time) we had been surrounded by the industry for as long as we could remember and couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
Made out of glass and stainless steel, it allows absolute clarity both during the process, for our benefit, and in the finished spirit itself, for your benefit.
The easy option doesn’t often yield the best results. For this reason we have not cut corners at any stage of the distilling process. Unlike many, we do not buy in a neutral spirit, but instead create a spectacularly high quality vodka from scratch – average isn’t our thing!
This gives us the cleanest of slates on which we are able to vapour infuse our delicate and distinctive flavours. In the same vein, we use fresh ingredients, preparing all by hand.
Vapour infusion is the best way to create the balance and fresh flavours that we wanted to achieve, which is why we use a Carter Head Still. Our distillery uses advanced copper bubble plates, so that we can achieve purity in our spirit base, whilst having a glass column allows us to watch the distillation from start to finish, ensuring at each stage it is performing exactly how it should.
Once all of this hard work has gone into the spirit, it would be a crime not to use the best ingredients available. Our vanilla is imported directly from Madagascar and blueberries, orange and lemon prepared by hand. The rest of our botanicals come from all over the world, from Scandinavia to South East Asia we have searched high and low for great and innovative flavours. The fruits we use for our seasonal gins are used in their fresh form, our strawberries are grown six miles from the distillery, our blackberries locally sourced, our clementines are hand zested and we never use any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.