Gin is just the tonic from Silent Pool Distillers - Surrey Creations
PUBLISHED: 06:28 07 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:02 07 June 2016
In the first of a new monthly series going behind the scenes with Surrey's makers and producers, we meet the Silent Pool Distillers at their Albury 'laboratory'
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2015
Powered by the waters of Surrey beauty spot, Silent Pool, and hardwood from the woods of Albury, there’s a new gin in town that is so good it’s already gone international.
“While our Albury Limited Release gin has been a great success locally, our March release of Silent Pool Gin is now shipped to Denmark, around the UK and is going through US approval,” says Silent Pool Distillers’ founder Ian McCulloch, a former commercial director of ITV. “It also made it onto the artisan gins list of P&O’s new flagship, Britannia. It is our mission to create high-quality, small-batch, artisanal spirits, using only the finest local ingredients.”
Based on the Duke of Northumberland’s Albury Estate, in previously dilapidated farm buildings next to the mythical Silent Pool, it’s been a meteoric rise for the distillery, which only produced its first bottles at the end of 2014.
“We’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with our specially made copper ‘still’ since we got our licence in October,” says Ian. “There’s plenty more to come and we’re always trying new things.”
From apple brandy using fruit from Bramley’s Birtley Estate to limited release liqueurs likely to be available this summer, a vodka this autumn and a ‘Moonshine’ whisky that is currently aging in oak, chestnut, mulberry, acacia, pear and juniper barrels, there is no limit to the ambitions of this vibrant team.
• Silent Pool Distillers, Albury GU5 9BW. Tel: 01483 229136. Web: silentpooldistillers.com
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