Saturday, 7 April 2012

Breaking News: The Cambridge Distillery

Since I started this blog I've had the pleasure of writing up a number of products and events before they are released to the general public. Today, I am very excited to be able to share with you a new development in the spirits world: a brand new distillery, in Cambridge, dedicated to producing tailored gin.

The first of its kind in the UK, The Cambridge Distillery is a micro-distillery in the true sense of the word, with a capacity of just two litres, dedicated to small batch bespoke blends.

What makes the distillery unique is that it is the customer who then decides which individual botanical distillates are blended together, and in which proportions. A full consultation is undertaken, either at the distillery or at the customer's home, during which each botanical can be studied and tasted in both its raw and distillate form.

The smallest still in the country?

This is a crucial part of the process: whilst anyone could tell you which of two gins they prefer, very few could pin-point precisely what it is which makes one preferable to another. By engineering the blend from scratch it is possible to identify exactly which flavours are wanted, and which are not. Furthermore, you can try them in various combinations to see how they interact with each other. The result: your perfect gin, tailored specifically to suit your palate.

Botanicals macerating in the distillery

The botanicals come from a variety of sources: some grown locally, the more exotic shipped to Cambridge by organic suppliers. All are then macerated individually for a period of four to eight weeks, depending on character, before being distilled at low temperatures under vacuum.

Each bottle is distilled, blended and bottled by hand to the individual recipe of each customer. They are wax sealed, numbered, adorned with your name, and signed by the master distiller who, it turns out, is me!

After years of preparation and development, I'm thrilled to bits to be revealing this project to the world. Come and check it out at - I look forward to hearing your feedback.

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