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How not to shake off Surrey’s ‘gin and Jaguar’ belt tag...

PUBLISHED: 16:15 12 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:15 12 January 2015

Not quite throwing off the Gin and Jaguar belt cliche!

Not quite throwing off the Gin and Jaguar belt cliche!

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Already known for own fine wines and excellent local brews, Surrey has now added a line of spirits to the mix.

Housed in formerly redundant farm buildings at Sherbourne Farm on the Albury Estate, Silent Pool Distillers plan to create a whole range of Surrey Hills spirits – and as well as using local spring water, they will even be using wood from Albury Estate to power the machinery.

The first spirit to course its way through the contraption was apple brandy using cider from the orchards at Birtley House in Bramley.

And the verdict? “The first lot we tested was 80% proof and it tasted lovely,” says Ian McCulloch, who began working on the distillery project with James Shelbourne back in 2013.

Apparently, Tim Whalley of Birtley House was “delighted” with his apple brandy, and the Silent Pool distiller, Cory Mason, will now be experimenting with different flavourings for gin.

• For more information on the new line of spirits, visit their website at silentpooldistillers.com

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More Surrey gin

Kingston’s Beckett’s Gin has recently teamed up with the National Trust to secure the future of the Box Hill juniper berries it uses in its drinks.

While Broker’s Gin is based in Shepperton, the distillery where their drinks are produced is actually near Birmingham and over 200 years old.

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