Abingdon Distillery started out as an idea in Hong Kong some years ago whilst working abroad. The lack of quality & limited selection of gins out there in that part of the world fuelled a bit of an experimental phase where we began dabbling in distilling with the aim of producing a worthy gin we could sip & enjoy.
It wasn’t until 2018 that we decided to setup shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and start to fine tune the recipe that would become our signature London Dry gin. It took us a fair few goes to get it spot on, with over 50 batches trialled, and we are super proud of it!
At our distillery we set the benchmark extremely high for all of our spirits. Quality and consistency is paramount to our ethos. That’s why from start to finish we do everything in house so we can keep a close eye on our production levels. From every drop that comes out of our still to the labels and handwritten batch numbers on our bottles.
Every drop of alcohol produced is made by our beautiful 45 litre copper hybrid still, Jenny. She was handmade for us in Portugal. Jenny is key to our distillation process and she plays a huge part in producing smooth spirits with fantastic flavours. Being 100% copper, she removes the impurities & sulphur-containing compounds from the spirit vapours during distillation. Simply put, without Jenny we wouldn’t be able to produce our award-wining gins.
The Abingdon gin I tried is their limited edition Lavender and Pine Blossom variety. The smell alone was delicious with the pine and lavender botanicals coming through. I tried it neat first as I do with all new gins. The pine flavour hit me first, giving it a lovely freshness, and then the lavender notes comes through at the end. This is a gin that really appeals to my tastes. The distillers say “this contemporary styled gin is full of floral botanicals and is the perfect summer gin. Notes of lavender and hibiscus are balanced with pine and a little passion flower. The result is an aromatic flavour profile that’s crisp and fresh.” I firstly paired it with a conspiriti classic tonic syrup which paired nicely with the botanicals in the gin, and garnished it with a sprig of thyme as suggested by the distiller. I then went to my go to tonic fevertree med which seemed like the perfect pairing for this gin. The bottle has a simple design which gives a sleek look to the product. My only criticism is I wish that it was in a larger size as I can see me getting through this 500ml bottle quickly. This has to be one of the nicest gins I’ve tried recently and makes me curious to try their other varieties now