We make our spirits by hand in genuinely small batches
Our team of dedicated Distillers watch over every drop of every batch and we passionately believe this is the only way to handcraft spirits of this quality. Inspired by the two hundred years of London distilling history we have inherited, we balance modern technology with traditional recipes and techniques.
Our botanicals are carefully sourced from all over the globe – choosing only the very best quality ingredients. Our recipe was inspired by one found by our Master Distiller Jared in an eighteenth century book called The Compleat Body of Distilling. Each day, we load the stills with pure English wheat spirit and only enough botanicals to make one batch of gin in each still—a technique known as ‘single shot’ distilling—and never making a gin concentrate or adding spirit after distillation.
Our carefully crafted recipe of botanicals are added to the stills the evening before to allow them to macerate over night and imbue the ‘alcoholic wash’ with flavour. They typically macerate for around 14 hours but can be as long as three days in the case of our V.J.O.P.
Our stills are switched on each morning around 8am and the process of distillation begins. The stills heat up to 80* allowing the alcohol, which boils at 78.3* to turn into vapour, but leaves the liquid water behind. As the vapour travels around the still it makes contact with the copper surfaces and condenses back into a liquid, each time becoming purer, soother and more sippable.
THE JOURNEY THROUGH THE STILL ENDS
Once it has completed its journey from the pot into the helmet and over the ‘swan’s neck’ our gin finally reaches the condenser where the vapour turns back into a liquid for the final time and runs off a pipe known as the ‘point of pleasure.’ The liquid comes in three distinct parts – the heads, the hearts and the tails. We take only the very best – the heart cut – which is then brought to bottling strength with the addition of pure water and is finally ready to be bottled and sipped.
It is a labour of love, with so much passion, care and attention invested in every drop.Jared Brown, Master Distiller