Speights Gin - Meet The Maker
What did you do before creating Speights Gin?
Danny is a Master Joiner and I worked as a security risk consultant
What made you decide to create your distillery, and what's the inspiration behind your gin?
We visited a food & drink exhibition in 2017 and while we were there we purchased a 1 litre Alembic Still, which we still use to this day. Our inspiration was the opportunity to create a truly local gin using the finest ingredients, all from our garden shed.
Can you tell us more about your range of gins and the botanicals you use?
Using only the finest medical grade botanicals makes our gin stand out from the crowd. After rigorously experimenting for eighteen months with many different botanical combinations, Speight’s Signature Gin was born. After the success of the Signature Gin, we turned our attention to the fruit gins. We had so many requests for a Rhubarb Gin, so our Head Distiller Danny got to work!
Bilberry and Huckleberry were the next flavours to follow – quite similar in taste – although a different berry. A bilberry is a European blueberry and a Huckleberry is a wild North-American blueberry. The Bilberry has a sweeter taste whereas the Huckleberry has a shaper taste on the palate. Each gin has its own unique recipe, therefore the botanicals are different for every flavour. Our recipes take time to perfect and we are currently developing our Navy Strength Gin. For our fruit gins we combine the freshest locally sourced produce with our botanicals - this is why our fruit gins are bursting with flavour
Can you tell us more about the distillery and still?
Our main still is a 100 Litre copper alembic still which we purchased from Hillbilly Stills in America. It has fantastic copper lays which makes so much difference through our triple distilling process, and it’s named after my late mother, Barbara, who was a huge G&T fan.
What can visitors experience if they come to see the distillery?
We have recently started hosting tastings and tours – these are by appointment only.
What have been the biggest challenges and achievements so far?
I would say the biggest challenges have been the amount of investment needed to setup / sustain the business – the cost of packaging, bottles, branding, development costs, equipment etc was not something we anticipated. However, our achievements with developing our range of award winning gins has to be commended, and it has to be said that my wife Angie is one of the main reasons why we have been so successful - her palate and ability to pick out and match botanicals is remarkable. When the girl from Northowram says yes, we know we are ready to go!
How would you describe your gin in 3 words?
Elegant, premium, distinctive.
Which gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)?
We do very much like Silent Pool Gin.
What's next for you and your gin/distillery - any exciting plans?
We are so delighted and honoured to announce that we have been commissioned by the iconic Piece Hall management team to create a specific gin for them based around the wool industry – this gin is almost ready.
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