Like most producers, we began this whole thing as a hobby. We never imagined that we would be welcoming hundreds of people to our little distillery or exporting our drinks to the other side of the world or winning awards.
We stay true to our historical production methods. Our copper stills are manual and are nursed dutifully during production. We maintain an original feel to the drinks we produce. They are led by juniper from northern Italy and the best botanicals we can source. The colours you see in some of our gins are from natural infusions of flower petals.
Original gin is a London Dry at 40% ABV. It is our workhorse gin and is inspired by the industrial heritage of Staffordshire. We wanted to create a gin which pays a tribute to traditional industrial methods for which our area is renowned. It has key notes of lemon, black pepper, bay rosemary, green cardamom and anise. It is a classic dry herby gin.
Black Violet is rather complex; inspired by the dramatic scenery of the North Staffordshire ‘Roaches’. It is a dry contemporary gin with additional botanicals of black cardamom, cubeb, sloe and French violet. It creates a complex blend and a versatile drink.
Rose Gold has a warm autumnal feel to it. This drink was dreamed up during a walk across Cannock Chase, a local area of natural beauty. It evokes hints of orange, saffron and rose with underlying sweet spices. It works beautifully with a pink grapefruit tonic and a rose petal garnish.
Lyme Gin was created to celebrate the opening of Castletown Distillery in 2020 which now houses the majority of our production. It is located in Newcastle under Lyme- hence the name. It is 43% ABV and packs a massive lime punch.
I tried the Black Violet gin shortly after it won the bronze award in the England Contemporary Style Gin category at the World Gin Awards 2020.
Black Violet is defined by black cardamom and sweet violet. Floral and spicy with a core of juniper, its awesome colour would make it a wonderful addition to cocktails. It has a juniper forward taste, so that it still tastes like gin with a slightly smokey violet edge.
Hibiscus and butterfly pea petals give it the colour, as they are infused in Chase spring water from Cannock. For dry gin lovers: serve with light tonic water. Slightly sweeter: Indian tonic water, or lemonade if you have a real sweet tooth.
For something more interesting I followed Jay’s serving suggestion of Franklin and Sons rhubarb and hibiscus tonic water and garnishing with some fresh blackberries and some hibiscus flowers, that were kindly provided by Jay All gins retail at £35 for a 70cl bottle with free standard shipping for orders over £25