Roundwood Distillery, founded by Emily Robertson and Rupert Waters, launched their first gin 'Roundwood London Dry Gin' in 2018. Emily and Rupert spent two years experimenting and perfecting their own recipe and renovating their barn to create the distillery. The brick building was formerly a cow shed and has stunning views over the Cambridgeshire countryside.
Roundwood London Dry Gin has a grain base spirit and features traditional botanicals, including juniper, coriander seeds and angelica root, alongside woodland-inspired botanicals such as elderflower and elderberries.
Taking pride of place in the distillery is the stunning 100L Hybrid Copper Still, made in Germany. It has 3 bubble plates, that help to make the gin so smooth. The distillery is also home to bottling and labelling benches, maceration tanks, shelves of botanicals, a bar and a large table in the centre – perfect for our group events. The bar has been built with the wood from the pallets on their first botanicals were delivery, and the large Roundwood ‘R’ mounted on the wall is made from the shipping crate that the still travelled in from Germany.
We also asked Emily about the 'Gin Discover Sessions' that they run at the distillery:
"We are hesitant to refer to them as ‘Tours’ as visitors may get the wrong impression of our scale - it is essentially one room! In the group sessions, we begin by telling the story of Roundwood and how we came to exist. We talk about the background of gin, before explaining the details and complexities behind each stage of our product and our journey to discovering the perfect blend. We have an interactive guide to the botanicals, a guided tasting of the gin, and a hands-on play with G&T garnishes. Of course, our bar is here too if you fancy trying Roundwood Gin in some carefully selected cocktails."