L is for London Dry: a style of gin, rather than a gin made in London. To be a London Dry, the “one shot” method is used, requiring all the botanicals to be added at the same time and nothing is done to the resulting alcohol after distillation. Only natural ingredients can be used (ie no flavours and essences) and it must contain a predominance of juniper
K is for kettle: the stills both have kettles in which the barley spirit is heated. Mildred has a huge kettle whereas Maude’s kettle is smaller and sits below her beautiful rectification column
J is for juniper, a mandatory ingredient of gin and the most important botanical. It smells of pine forests, citrus and rosemary and, well, gin! Our current juniper comes from Macedonia where it is gathered by hand from trees growing wild in the hillsides
H is for Hopkins Street, which is where you’ll find our distillery at number 7; it’s also for heads and hearts: two of the cuts that a distiller makes during a distillation run. The “heads” is bad stuff, smell like nail polish remover and which you certainly wouldn’t want to drink, the “hearts” is the good stuff, which ends up in your bottle. The talent of distilling is to make the cuts at the exactly the right point.