At the distillery in Southwold, the botanist’s work is done and James hands over to John McCarthy, their award-winning distiller. The distillery sits a few hundred yards from the sea and is a masterpiece of technical excellence, environmental friendliness and architectural joy.
The Distillery has the only ‘grain to glass’ facility amongst the small-batch distillers, taking local East Anglian barley to produce the base spirit for their range of products.
As a London Dry Gin, the distilleries process involves the adding of the botanicals directly to the still. The carefully prepared roots, leaves, seeds and berries are steeped in the base spirit for 24hrs and then receive a final distillation in the Copper Pot. This process lets the team use the one-shot method at the end of the distillation, meaning they take the best, or the ‘Heart’ cut of the distillate only. The result; the production of the most flavourful, full-bodied and aromatic gin possible.