What did you do before creating Chatsworth Gin?
Initially we were looking for a premises to set up a microbrewery, which we did in 2005. We wanted to move up North to Derbyshire so when Chatsworth suggested we take a look at the Cunnery Barn on the Chatsworth Estate, we jumped at the chance, the perfect location for a microbrewery. So before gin, there was brewing real ale.
What made you decide to create your gin?
The Duke of Devonshire enquired if anyone on the estate produced gin and I suggested that we could do it, after all we had always thought about it and we had the room. Creating a local gin, and under the brand of Chatsworth gave us the opportunity we needed.
Can you tell us more about the distillery?
The distillery forms part of the Peak Ales Visitor Centre alongside our small experimental brewery. The copper still was made by Arnold Holstein. It’s small but perfectly formed and looks a treat. We are very lucky that we can take advantage of the Chatsworth garden and greenhouse for selected botanicals.
What can people expect and experience if they visit?
There is an observation corridor where visitors can observe the rectification process if a gin run is taking place. We have a small bar area and tables outside for visitors to enjoy their drinks. Unfortunately we are not running any tours or tastings at the moment but hopefully in 2022 we will start again.
What have been the biggest achievements so far?
Just recently, we have won a silver medal in the 2021 World Gin Awards – Category: World’s Best London Dry Gin: England. We are thrilled that we have achieved such an award.
How would you describe your gin in 3 words?
Fresh, Attractive & Vibrant.
What's your favourite way to drink your gin?
I’m a bit of a traditionalist; hi-ball glass, ice, gin, more than likely a double, fresh chilled tonic, and a slice of lemon.
Which gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)?
Plymouth Gin, Tanqueray Gin, Isle of Harris Gin.
What's next for you and the distillery - any exciting plans?
Very exciting plans for the future of the distillery, we are developing another Gin for Chatsworth and will be working on our own range of gins.
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