What did you do before creating Pipehouse Gin?
There are four of us behind Pipehouse Gin and each of us were doing very different things before we ventured into gin. Emma (Above: centre left) was involved in corporate marketing. Katie (Above: right) was an art teacher. And Ben (Above: centre right and Sam (Above: left) have never really had ‘real jobs’, starting and running several different business since leaving university.
What made you decide to create Pipehouse Gin and what is the inspiration behind it?
I think the idea of alchemy was a huge inspiration to us when creating our gin. We wanted to create a London Dry gin where we focus on other flavourings that work well with juniper. Flavoured gin without the sweetness. A huge focus went into creating interesting flavour combinations, what we call ‘perfect pairings’. And I think it’s this that has been driving our gin.
What can you tell us about the distillation process and botanicals?
One of our favourite things about the distillation of our Earl Grey and Cucumber Gin is that a whole pot of Earl Grey tea actually gets poured into the still to create the beautiful floral notes in our gin!
What have been the biggest challenges and achievements so far?
It’s been both scary exciting, and certainly challenging. Especially with all the legislation and legal challenges to making Gin, which is something completely new to all of us. Lots of people we spoke to told us we couldn’t do it. So it feels like a huge accomplishment to have achieve it!
Some of our highlights include being Runner-Up in The Gin Guide Awards Flavoured Gin category. Thanks guys! And selling over 1,000 bottles in our first 3 months.
How would you describe Pipehouse Gin in 3 words?
Intriguing botanical pairings
What's your favourite way to drink Pipehouse Gin?
It’s a pretty versatile Gin and makes a great martini and summer cup. But for us our favourite has to be a classic Gin and Tonic. Plenty of ice and garnished with a ribbon of cucumber and a sprinkling of cornflower petals.
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)
Isle of Harris Gin, partly because the bottle itself is a work of art, but also because it makes a great G&T!
What's next for you and Pipehouse Gin - any exciting plans?
We have lots of exciting things ahead! But what we are most looking forward to is the launch of our next flavour. We can’t tell you what it is yet but it’s another intriguing botanical paring!
The Gin Guide's tasting notes and review of Pipehouse Gin