In 1761, Thomas Dakin began successfully distilling and selling gin, before developing a relationship with the Greenall family in the 1780s. The Dakin family later leased the distillery to the Greenall family in 1788 and then sold it to them in 1870. Dakin's original gin, Warrington Dry Gin (pictured below) was renamed as Greenall's London Dry Gin and it is still made with the same 8 ingredients today. In 2007 a fire destroyed Greenall's Cheshire distillery and although the stills were saved, the disaster prompted a move to G&J Distillers' new Warrington site.
Whilst the Greenall's Gin bottle and branding has developed over the centuries, including the latest bottle redesign that takes on a more classic, traditional style, the botanicals and processes used to make it have stayed true to history. Greenall's Gin is made with an English wheat spirit as a base, with naturally dried juniper, Moroccan coriander, angelica root, hand-peeled and dried lemon peel from Murcia, orris root, liquorice root, cassia bark, and bitter almond from Spain.
Greenall's Gin continues to be distilled in stunning historical copper stills, overseen by Head Distiller Joanne Moore (also read our interview with Joanne Moore!). The botanicals are left to rest in the still for at least 8 hours before the gin is distilled at 96% ABV and then brought down to 37.5% ABV with local, demineralised water. The Greenall's process truly demonstrates how quantity doesn't have to be at the expense of quality, and the team show genuine pride in this. The outcome is a classic London Dry Gin with rounded juniper notes, earthy notes and mature citrus notes.
G&J Distillers produce gins for a vast number of gin brands, from their own brands such as Thomas Dakin Gin and Berkeley Square Gin, to third-party brands such as Bulldog Gin and Tesco Finest Gin. Behind the scenes of the the bottling, labeling and packing area, the demonstration of maintaining the highest standards at a large scale continue, with meticulous attention to detail.
The latest development in the rich history of Greenall's Gin is the new bottle and labeling, featuring a sweeping, beveled and embossed bottle, with classic racing green colouring. Read The Gin Guide's tasting notes and review of Greenall's Gin to find out more.