A to Z of Gin: E

E is for enzymes. A crucial catalyst in a grain to glass distillery: our malted barley contains enzymes essential for converting the starch in the barley into sugars (which yeast can then turn into alcohol). The key is cooking the barley at the correct temperatures to ensure full conversion of the starchBarley

A to Z of Gin: D

D is for distilling. Distilling is all about separation: alcohol has a lower boiling point than water and so the low wort (or beer: we make ours from a barley water mix to which yeast is added) produced from fermentation is distilled to separate the alcohol produced by the yeast from the water contained in the wort and then redistilled again to purify. We triple distil our vodka and then distil it a fourth time to make the gin (this fourth time with the botanicals placed in the vapour trail)

A to Z of Gin: C

C is for citrus. Nearly all gins contain citrus in one form or another, whether peels or whole fruit, from grapefruit to bitter orange to lemon and lime. Ours contain gorgeous organic orange and lemon peel from the Cederberg

A to Z of Gin: B

B is for botanicals, which turn a vodka into gin. To be a gin, one of the botanicals – plants, flowers and herbs – must be juniper berries, which are added to the gin during distillation.   There are different ways of doing this, either soaked in the alcohol in the kettle of the still during distillation, or suspended in a botanicals basket in the vapour trail above the still. We make our gins using the London Dry “one shot” method, which means that all the botanicals are added at the same time (whether soaked in the alcohol or put in a botanical basket: we use a combination of these two) and nothing is done to the resulting alcohol after distillation Gin botanicals

A to Z of Gin: A

A is for alcoholics, without which gin wouldn’t be experiencing its current boom. Only joking: A is for Angelica Root, used in most gins, including ours. It’s a magic ingredient as it holds the flavours of all the other botanicals together – it essentially marries them together and holds them, giving the gin its substance Angelica