What's your day job alongside Pangolin Gin?
During the day you can find me working as a ‘Purchasing Manager’ in the Information Technology and Services industry. If you had asked me when I was younger what I wanted to be when I was older, this certainly wouldn’t have been it, however I’ve grown very fond of Supply Chain Management & Procurement and currently hold a qualification with CIPS (The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply).
What made you decide to create Pangolin Gin?
The idea of Pangolin Gin began during a trip I made to South Africa in 2019, where for the first time I learned about the illegal trade and demand for Pangolins. Having always had a passion for animals and wildlife, this was a discovery I didn’t feel I could ignore. These amazing animals are sadly one of the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world, however many people don’t even know about them. So, combining my passion for wildlife conservation and love of the spirits industry, Pangolin Gin was born! I wanted to create an extraordinary tasting gin that could help raise the profile of these amazing creatures and shine a light on the threats to their survival.
Can you tell us more about your contributions to pangolin conservation?
We have pledged to donate 10% of our profits towards International Pangolin Conservation Charities working across Africa & Asia, with the remaining being re-invested to that we can do in the future! Though our mission is in conservation, I’m extremely passionate about creating an extraordinary tasting drink too, I know that I’m biased however I truly believe we have achieved this with Pangolin Gin!
Can you tell us more about the botanicals in Pangolin Gin?
We always wanted the gin to incorporate botanicals from South Africa (where 4 of the Pangolin species originate from – also tying it back to the trip to South Africa which inspired the idea), with these we wanted to include more traditional style gin botanicals too to create an awesome tasting London Dry Gin!. With that, we carefully selected and hand-picked botanicals for our product development and 11 Botanicals made it into the final recipe for Pangolin Gin, these include: Juniper, Coriander Seeds, Orris Root, Angelica Root, Cardamom, Lemon Peel, Orange Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Baobab, Rooibos & Honeybush. The distillery we work with then use a Digital Genio Still with a Pot & Column to distill the gin.
What have been the biggest challenges so far?
Having officially starting the company in April 2020 during the peak of Covid-19 and national lockdown, I don’t think that we could’ve faced a bigger challenge! With the global pandemic causing widespread panic and bringing the economy to a halt, it provided me with a commodity which is increasingly hard to find more of, and that’s time. The lockdown provided me with the time and the opportunity to reflect on my current work/life experiences and allowed me to reassess my priorities in both of these areas.
What has been the biggest achievement so far?
Creating a new brand and bringing it to life is difficult at the best of times, however managing to achieve this during such uncertain times and finally being able to launch our product in August of this year, it’s a massive personal achievement which I’m incredibly proud of.
How would you describe Pangolin Gin in 3 words?
Ethical, Inspired & Smooth.
What's your favourite way to drink your gin?
With a nice premium Tonic Water and citrus garnishes - I like to call it the ‘Pango Gin & Slim’.
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf?
Brockmans Gin, Bathtub Gin, Flowstone Gin, Hoxton Gin, Monkey 47 Gin and Tarsier Gin.
What's next for Pangolin Gin - any exciting plans?
We have some exciting partnerships lined up, however I’m unable to confirm them at this moment in time, so make sure to stay posted and keep an eye on our socials for more information soon – @pangogin. World Pangolin Day is on 15th February and In celebration we’re currently working on a special limited edition release - watch this space!
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Review: Our tasting notes and review of Pangolin Gin.
Also Read: Our guide to Gins Supporting Animal Charities.