What did you do before creating Pinckneys Gin?
I have been a Chartered Surveyor for 25 Years, but always had a hankering to produce a gin under our family name!
What made you decide to create Pinckneys Gin, and what's the inspiration behind it?
Originally, I was just trying to craft the one gin, but that is hard to do with so many options in terms of botanicals and finish – so I decided to make 2 x London Drys – Our Classic and our Premium London Dry – Both very different in character! The Classic is very much a traditional gin with flush of juniper, a long clean finish and well balanced citrus and subtle spice. Our London Dry is our modern bespoke Signature Gin with a lot more going on!!
How did you get from the idea to the finished product?
With a lot of motivation, creative cogitation, destructive deviation and “ginspiration”! Ultimately all ideas take a lot of hard graft to turn into reality. The creative bit is the fun part – the hard work comes after the design, tasting and selection!
How would you describe Pinckneys Gin in 3 words?
Fine and Smooth!
What makes Pinckneys Gin different?
Our Classic is made from a traditional 300 Year-old recipe and is everything a traditionalist will want in a gin – Flush of Juniper, subtle well-balanced citrus and spice, and a long, clean finish. Our Premium London Dry has a lot more going on with 11 botanicals and can be tried with a slice of cucumber, lime or grapefruit – which bring out different characteristics. Definitely one for the modernist Gin Lover - great in a Martini as well!
What's your favourite way to serve and garnish Pinckneys Gin?
Quite strong, with plain tonic over ice and a slice.
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf (as well as your own!)?
Bertha’s Revenge Gin is a great product, although some how I feel Blackbeard should be on the label, rather than a moo cow!
What's next for Pinckneys Gin?
We are about to produce a Ginger & Rhubarb Gin which is sublime and I am also diversifying to bring in Bourbon from the USA and re-use the casks to mature our own English Whiskey – watch this space, although I will have to write about this in the Whiskey Guide!