What did you do before setting up Otterbeck Distillery?
Before we came together, Nicola was a primary school teacher, specialising in Art. Alexa was an events and wedding co-ordinator and Geri still is a chartered engineer. Nicola is the creative genius behind our brand and makes all things pretty. Alexa looks after the sales and books and keeps everyone on their toes. Geri, the geeky one(!) is the problem solver and the technical expert.
What made you decide to set up your distillery?
After a gin-fuelled New Year’s Eve, an idea sprung and turned into a dream. It started with three friends and a Cotton Mill in North Yorkshire. Together we create a perfect mix of passion and creativity to bring something unique to each of our spirits. This balance is demonstrated in our products bringing you the finest quality botanicals, harmoniously blended. We wanted our gin to reflect the history of the cotton mill, therefore naming our gin ‘Cotton Gin’
Can you tell us more about each of the gins your make?
Cotton Gin is a delectable blend of aromatic botanicals including Yorkshire Watercress, English coriander and hand-foraged spruce, making it a fragrant and herbaceous gin.
Our gently spiced Winter Cotton Gin has warming notes of fresh ginger, clove, nutmeg and orange. It is a well-rounded, gracious gin that is perfect for a cosy evening sat by the fire.
And for our Captain Sir Tom's London Dry Gin it is an amazing privilege to be working with Captain Sir Tom Moore and his foundation, which supports some incredible charities. We’re delighted to be able to do our bit to help support such worthwhile causes. Captain sir Tom has captured the imagination of the world and we’re proud to have distilled a very special gin with a very special man. It is a delicate and herbaceous London Dry Gin with soft hints of citrus, rosemary and thyme. It's fresh and aromatic, reminiscent of an English Summer Garden.
What have been the biggest challenges so far?
Trying to open a distillery whilst in lockdown! The still came from Carl in Germany, but because of quarantine the manufacturers could not fly over. Therefore our husbands had to assemble it via a Zoom call and a German instruction manual. Give them full credit, it worked first time!
How would you describe Cotton Gin in 3 words?
Herbaceous, elegant, smooth
What is your favourite way to drink your gin?
A double measure, with Indian tonic water, ice, a sprig of rosemary and a ribbon of fresh lemon peel.
Which gins would you always have on your gin shelf?
As well as Cotton Gin of course, Monkey 47 Gin, Dyfi Gin, Forest Gin and Salcombe Gin.
What’s next for Otterbeck Distillery - any exciting plans?
We will continue to develop our gin range - next up will be a subtle flavoured gin and thoughts of even a barrel-aged gin.
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Buy: Buy Cotton Gin direct from Otterbeck Distillery.
Review: Tasting notes and review of Cotton Gin.