11 of the best gins produced in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 15:11 07 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:43 08 January 2019
We take a look at the gin distillers, small batch producers and brands which call Surrey home
Silent Pool Distillers
Produced with spring water from Surrey’s Silent Pool, this is a rich gin made with 24 botanicals boasting lavendar and chamomile flavours combined with fresh citrus notes. Silent Pool Distillers also produce a number of other flavoured and limited edition gins.
East Horsley-based father and son team Richard and Daniel Mew produced their first gin in 2014 for a family wedding, following two years of research and tastings. Their gin is made using the more time-consuming vapour distillation method using 11 different botanicals to create a lighter, more subtle taste. It is distilled in a traditional copper pot still nicknamed Betty. The still was created by Surrey-based John Dore and Co which has an 180-year pedigree as a stillmaker.
The Gin Kitchen
Owners Kate Gregory, from Dorking, and Helen Muncie from Horsham, started in November 2016 from an outbuilding at Dorking’s Spotted Dog pub, making 30 bottles a week. Everything changed six months later when their cardamom and grapefruit-flavoured Dancing Dragontail Summer Gin was named spirit of the month by Fortnum and Mason.
Kew Organic Gin
It may be distilled at London’s Tower Bridge, but Kew Organic Gin is made with seasonal flora harvested from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, alongside botanicals from around the world. Described as a classic for gin and tonic, Kew Organic Gin is distilled by Battersea-based Dodd’s Gin in a 140-litre copper alembic called Christina. Its flavours combine juniper and coriander seeds with citrus, spice, savoury and floral notes.
Distilled in the Surrey Hills, Hidden Curiosities draws on five different peppercorns and green cardamom, paired with strong citrus flavours from yuzu, pink grapefruit, bergamot and lime, plus white mulberries and a violet and lavender finish. Among Hidden Curiosities customers is Harvey Nichols, which will be stocking the gin in all seven of its UK stores.
Created by the restaurant’s bar manager Geven Surendran and chef proprietor Fernando Stovell, the gin uses both sustainable wild botanicals, including angelica roots, oak moss, bilberries and wild rosehips alongside Chobham honey and Croatian juniper berries. It is available from the restaurant, based in a 16th century Tudor farmhouse, and online.
Thundry Hills Gin
Elstead Village Distillers only launched in February 2018, but has already been causing a buzz among gin-lovers. The distillery was the brainchild of Paul Shubrook and Neil Redit after they went on a gin lab experience. Currently they are offering four products, including Sanctury gin, which has a high juniper content married to black pepper, and their Original brand, which has an orange tang to it.
Based in Kingston, Beckett’s gin is infused with juniper berries handpicked from National Trust-owned Box Hill in the Surrey Hills National Park. The London dry gin also uses Kingston-grown mint as one of its six botanical flavourings, alongside Moroccan lime and coriander, Spanish sweet orange peel and Italian orris root.
Based in Woking and co-founded by Surrey resident Bob Fowkes, Brockmans Gin describes itself as the UK’s fastest-growing super-premium gin. The 40 per cent spirit is distilled using botanicals sourced from all over the world, including Bulgarian coriander, Tuscan juniper berries and Valencian oranges working with the blueberries and blackberries, which provide its cocktail-friendly flavour.
Broker’s London Dry Gin
Like Brockmans, Broker’s London Dry Gin is based in Woking, but distilled in Birmingham in a 200-year-old still. It is the granddaddy of the Surrey gin explosion – having been launched by brothers Martin and Andy Dawson in 2000. It also has its own distinctive bowler-hatted branding, which extends to the caps of the bottles themselves. The gin uses quadruple-distilled pure grain spirit made from English wheat, redistilled with 10 traditional botanicals.
Distillers of Surrey
Highly commended at the Surrey Life Food Drink Awards 2018 under Newcomer of the Year, Distillers of Surrey produce three editions of their Sherlock & Sons gin: Aromatic, Nautical and Solstice. You’ll find stockists across Surrey and a handful of locations across the border.
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