We’re a family run distillery in the Buckinghamshire village of Penn Street, deep in the Chiltern Hills. It started out as a challenge between two brothers. Could we create a gin from scratch that would impress family and friends?
It soon became an obsession. And we set our sights a little higher. We wanted to produce the best hand-crafted gin around.
So, we started looking for a proper home for our still. We asked a family friend who owned a 1930s aircraft factory, converted into industrial units. There was some disused storage space up for grabs which rapidly became Buckinghamshire’s first micro distillery.
The idea of blending modern distilling techniques with the craft of producing small-batch spirits was something that always really inspired us. It was essential to only use the finest and freshest botanicals – to create our own take on classic spirits and create new flavour combinations.
Having experimented with different distilling techniques we were drawn to the idea of cold distillation. During this process, each botanical is individually macerated to draw out its essential oils.
Our two rotary evaporators ‘Roberta’ and ‘Aretha’ distil each botanical in glass, with the highest quality 100% organic wheat spirit. The spirit vapour is then condensed at -8c and each botanical distillation is stored for the flavour to mellow. Only then is it combined by hand to produce the finished gin. Finally, each batch is tasted and every bottle signed.
Cold distillation is more complex, but the results speak for themselves. You’ll find the difference quite surprising.