What made you decide to create your gin / what's the inspiration behind your gin?
I have had a long fascination with spirits and how they are made, particularly gin. My brother and myself have always thought about how great it would be to start a distillery where we have lived most of our lives.
The inspirations are down to the great craft gins we have tried and my own love of different flavour combinations in food. I am always on the look out for new herbs and spices. A friend recently travelled back to see family in Tehran and brought me back some orange blossom, and we were both taken by its aroma and knew it had to be in our gin.
How did you get from the idea to the finished product?
The inspiration for the artwork was a picture I saw by Shepard Fairy called ‘Rise above’ and we wanted to do something similar using part of a rotary evaporator as part of the picture. Our friends at Milestone Design turned the idea in to reality. With the bottle we felt that we wanted to have the old-style apothecary bottle as it fit with our cold distillation method of production.
What's the distillery like and can you tell us about the distillation process?
The distillery is great and hidden away amongst a lot of other industrial units, so a little bit Breaking Bad! It is in an old factory unit where they made Mosquito planes in WW2.
We macerate the different 13 botanicals for different periods depending on the botanical. We distil most of them separately using a large rotary evaporator to cold distil the botanicals at 5 degrees. We have always been impressed with the difference cold distillation makes to the flavour.
What's a normal day at the distillery like for you?
Normally working out why the pressure has dropped on our equipment or blaming each other leaving the place a mess. Most of the time is spent talking gin and thinking about new combinations; the mixing and iterations of gin are endless.
What's it like working together as brothers?
Brilliant, as anyone will tell you this isn’t and easy industry to break in too. There are a lot of ups and down. It is great to really have someone you trust to work with and share ideas. Plus we both bring individual strengths to the table.
How would you describe your gin in 3 words?
Smooth, complex, effortless
What makes Griffiths Brothers Gin different?
If you haven’t tried cold distilled gin, there is a distinct difference in the flavour. Combined with the botanical combination we have used, we believe we have made our own mark.
What's your favourite way to drink Griffiths Brothers gin?
First, for a G&T make sure the gin is super cold and put the bottle in the fridge. I like to use large blocks of ice and good quality orange or clementine peel. Then add a fresh bay leaf with the edges cut off. A close second favourite is to make an aperol negroni
What are your favourite gins (other than your own of course!)?
Dodds Gin and Sacred Gin.
What's next / any exciting plans?
We are working on a couple of new gins and some limited editions for later on in the year. We are also developing a bar area at the distillery to enable us to have groups of people in and let them sample some of our works-in-progress and see the process.