What made you decide to create a new gin / what's the inspiration behind your gin?
Seb and I met and fell in love over a G&T nearly 4 years ago and spent our first conversation debating the merits of various gins. 18 months ago, we serendipitously met a man who told us about the process of making your own gin. During that brief conversation Seb and I looked at each other and we knew we had to give it a shot.
How did you get from the idea to the finished product?
We did meticulous market research. In a selfless act of finding the best gins in the world we bought 25 of the most prestigious gins and painstakingly went through them shot by shot to refine what we loved about the various gins and how we wanted to influence our own.
What's the distillery like and can you tell us about your distillation process?
Our process is one that has been used and perfected over nearly half a millennia of spirt making. We use a 60l copper column still called Wendy that while small in size compared to other distilleries packs a real punch by our use of a 'copper cloud' to massively increase the alcohols exposure to copper, making the gin extremely smooth.
What's a normal day like for you as Co-Founder and Master Distiller?
I've generally not found 2 days the same as of yet. I typically try to get all of my admin; be it ordering botanicals or issuing invoices, done at the start of the day. This leaves the rest of the day to either plan and attend tastings of go to various buyers and distributors to tell them all about the wonderful Manchester Gin. The nights always involve bottling labelling and packing gin ready for the deliveries the next day.
How would you describe your gin in 3 words?
Citrusy, smooth & quaffable.
What makes your gin different?
We focused on creating a contemporary gin and 2 of our key botanicals are dandelion and burdock root. These give a depth of flavour in the middle of the drink as well as giving a nod to our childhood and the local botanicals found in Manchester.
What's your favourite way to drink your gin?
This causes many arguments in our house. Seb prefers to drink it with a light tonic and a wedge of grapefruit, whereas I prefer it with an orange peel and a sprig of Rosemary finished with fever tree Mediterranean.
What are your favourite gins (other than your own of course!)?
From our endless drinking of gin, our favourites are Tarquins Gin, Fifty Pound Gin and Monkey 47 - in that order.
What's next / any exciting plans?
We're launching a couple of new products in the next few months but unfortunately their development is under lock and key and you will just have to watch this space to see what's next.