What did you do before creating your distillery?
We first met in 2016 when I was Head Distiller at Silent Pool. I left Silent Pool at Christmas in 2017 to follow my own dreams and start my own business.
What made you decide to create your distillery and gin?
I had worked on multiple award winning gins from 2015 but my goal from the beginning had always been to have my own distillery one day. With the boom in the industry, that opportunity came sooner rather than later.
Can you tell us more about the distillery and distillation process?
True to our name, we’re based in Ripley in Surrey. Currently we don’t offer public/trade access but watch this space! We distil on a 100 litre copper still with a rectifying column, but we have placed a pre-order for a 300 litre replacement. Our botanicals are sourced with an uncompromising focus on quality and ethics, buying British where we can.
What have been the biggest challenges and achievements so far?
Within 8 weeks of launching we found out that we were finalists for ‘Best Newcomer’ in Surrey Life Magazine's business awards. In October 2018 we launched our Aromatic Edition and in January 2019 Sherlock & Sons Gin won Gold at the World Gin Awards.
How would you describe Sherlock & Sons Gin in 3 words?
Spirits With Distinction.
What's your favourite way to drink your gins?
It depends on my mood, but I’m loving my Sherlock & Sons Aromatic Gin in a Martini or Negroni at the moment.
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)?
That’s a tough question. I currently haven’t got a gin shelf, I tend to buy a bottle and once its finished I'll try another. I have never had the willpower to start a collection.
What's next for Distillers of Surrey - any exciting plans?
New premises, bigger equipment, and new releases. There is a lot in the pipeline…
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