What has been your journey in the industry ahead of creating Berkshire Botanical Gin?
Well, I’ve actually been making gin for quite some time now, originally founding the Whitley Neill Gin brand in 2005 and since then also Mary-le-bone Gin. We have 8 generations of distilling provenance behind us in both Gin & Irish Whiskey.
What is the inspiration being Berkshire Botanical Gin?
The inspiration behind this gin is the countryside in the area where I live. When we started looking to move out of London several years ago we visited Yattendon and absolutely fell in love with the area. We moved to Frilsham on the Yattendon Estate initially and we’ve been in the area ever since.
Can you tell us more about the distillery?
At the moment we are very small indeed. Our little pot still is small and we are producing very small batches of each gin. We have just found a wonderful new site on the Yattendon Estate, surrounded by Christmas trees! We are hoping to install our new 200 litre pot still next month and intend on being up and running from here in February 2021.
What can visitors expect if they visit the distillery
Our pot still, “Harry” is located at The Royal Oak Public House & Hotel in the centre of Yattendon Village. At the moment it’s just Harry sitting in the Orangery and us distilling when we need to. Our intention is to start offering gin experiences and to bring people to see Yattendon and the surrounding estate.
What most excites you about Berkshire Botanical Gin?
My favourite bit about the brand is our focus on nature around the Yattendon estate and the animals that adorn our bottles. We are incredibly excited to be working in partnership with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust to ensure that we are working to protect local wildlife and giving wildlife a voice.
How would you describe your gins in 3 words?
Natural, Flavoursome, Countryside.
What's your favourite way to drink your gin/s?
Our Berkshire Dry Gin is fabulous as either a G&T or a Martini. Our Dandelion & Burdock brings back fond memories of childhood! It works beautifully in a “Dandy Cup” mixed with Ginger Ale and a little Sparkling wine. The Rhubarb & Raspberry is so refreshing it makes a lovely G&T but is also fantastic in a Summer Spritz.
Which gins would you always have on your gin shelf?
I am a big fan of Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength and there’s a super Danish gin called Ginscape with Sea Buckthorn that I am a big fan of too.
What's next for Berkshire Botanical - any exciting plans?
Our plan is to try to grow alongside our local customers and expand into a larger distillery site. Perhaps the odd limited edition expression also!
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