What did you do before starting Cardiff Distillery?
We owned hotel, bar and restaurant in Cardiff and still do. Our distillery is now based in our coach house situated on the grounds of our existing business
What made you decide to create your own distillery and gins?
We’ve been fans of gin for 10 years or so and with owning businesses within the hospitality sector it was always our plan to create our own brand. We originally had another company produce our gin, but this really didn’t work for us so we set up our very own distillery, rebranded and now make gin for other companies. It’s been a really mad 18 months!
Can you tell us more about the distillery and distillation process?
Our distillery is based in our coach house at the back of our hotel and it houses one 50 litre still, one 100 litre still and a small family of 5 litre stills that we use for our gin school. We use a thumper to distill our products which allows us to carefully infuse subtle flavours. Where possible we use botanicals typically found in our local area.
What can visitors to the distillery experience?
Visitors are always welcome to come to the the distillery, you’ll be met with a lovely welcome and can be shown around our distillery, eat in our restaurant whilst sampling some of our gins and if you’ve had too many you can always stay at our distillery hotel. We’ve thought of everything!
What have been the biggest challenges and achievements so far?
Our biggest challenge to date has been branding, we got it dramatically wrong to start with but after some hard work and excellent designers we feel we’ve got it just about right. Getting all of our ducks in a row with HMRC was a lot less painful than we’d been told and they’re really not as scary as everyone makes out. They’ve been very pleasant to deal with. COVID, as with most other businesses, has given us some headaches but we’ve managed to battle through like many other businesses.
How would you describe your gin in 3 words?
Absolutely bloody delicious
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf?
I’ve been a fan of Martin Miller's Gin and Monkey 47 Gin. I do also like Brooklyn Gin and their bottle is gorgeous!
What's next for Cardiff Distillery - any exciting plans?
We’re currently doing a lot of brand creation with other business which is going really well. There are two at the moment that are going to do really well. Gin school and distillery weekend stays are keeping us busy (when permitted), so short term we’ll be releasing a range of rums with an eye on whiskey, which has always been our objective - Whiskey made in the capital of Wales, it’s a must surely.
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