What did you do before creating your gin?
I've been a gardener since leaving school, I quickly found my niche was servicing the restaurant and hotel sector, customers included Pizza Express and The Restaurant Group with plants inside and out.
What made you decide to create your gin, and what's the inspiration behind your gin?
I wanted to try something new and something that really interested me. The inspiration behind my gin is the glorious landscape, flora and fauna of where I live here in North Essex on the borders of South Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The name is inspired by our spaniel Jake and his infectious enthusiasm for all of the good things in life. Jake's Gin is here to remind us that we should all live life to the full - freely, adventurously and with love!
Can gin lovers visit your distillery?
I don't have a set tour, but I'm very happy to show visitors around the distillery to see how it works.
What have been the biggest challenges and achievements so far?
My biggest challenge so far has been the Covid-19 pandemic at the time when my new gin business was starting to take off. Most of my customers are restaurants and hotels which had to close and stopped buying gin! My biggest achievement to date is having my signature gin recognised in The Gin Guide Awards 2019 as a Runner-up in the London Dry Gin category from hundreds of others, and achieving a Platinum Award in the The Sipps Awards in America, decided by members of the public.
How would you describe Jake's Gin in 3 words?
Complex, Balanced, Classic.
What's your favourite way to drink your gin?
Jake's Gin really does work well as a sipping treat served neat over ice, but for a longer drink it makes to serve it in a lovely classic London Dry gin and tonic. Ice and slice of lemon with an extra squeeze of lemon and a low sugar tonic, it's right up there!
Which gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)?
I really enjoy Copper in the Clouds who make some lovely gins, also The Botanist Gin of course and Plymouth Gin, all different but delicious in their own way.
What's next for you and Jake's Gin - any exciting plans?
During the Covid lockdown I took the plunge and ordered a new larger still, which I'm still experimenting with. It's capable of making new gins, whisky, Liqueurs, fruit brandies and rum. A new gin and Jake's rum made from the raw materials is coming soon.
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