What did you do before Welsh Sisters Gin?
Welsh Sisters Gin is made by two sisters: Becky Jones and Tania Kenny. Tania taught drama in London and Becky worked in the environmental sector for many years. Both sisters have a passion for maritime Welsh Heritage and the untold tales of women and the sea.
What made you decide to create your gins?
It all started with a Gin Distilling day at our local distillery. We made two bottles of gin based on the plants that we could gather around New Quay in Ceredigion; gorse flowers, sage, angelica and bay. The gin was delectable and we decided to make a small batch as Christmas presents for our friends and family. That was the start of our journey with Morwyn Gin – the tale of a vengeful sea goddess from Cardigan Bay.
Can you tell us more about the distillery?
Welsh Sisters Gin is made at the distillery nearby which is called ‘In the Welsh Wind’ owned by our friends Alex and Ellen. They now have a number of award-winning gins created in their beautiful distillery on the coast. The botanicals are carefully selected to capture the essence and provenance of New Quay – a small fishing village nestled in the hillside on the West coast of Wales.
Can you tell us more about the botanicals you use?
Our heroine botanical in The Captain’s Wife is Yerbe Mate tea, coupled with Pomegranate and Fig, as we wanted to evoke the atmosphere of a journey by sea to South America. The botanicals in Morwyn are chosen to capture the zest of sea spray with Grapefruit, Sage, Gorse and Earl Grey tea.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Our biggest achievement so far is to have both our gins well received in the competitions we have entered in 2020. Morwyn won The World Gin Awards’ Best Contemporary Welsh Gin 2020 and The Captain’s Wife was a finalist in The Gin Guide Awards 2020.
We were also proud to host an event in our premises in New Quay, Manchester House, where we celebrated two young Welsh female artists’ work in the exhibition - ‘Into the Tide’. The focus of the event was the sea and its positive impact on mental health and well being. Our opening night was full to the gunnels until the sun slipped below the horizon.
How would you describe your gins in 3 words?
Super smooth and surprising.
What’s your favourite way to drink your gins?
To be honest we love simplicity - Morwyn chilled over ice with a light, smooth Indian tonic with a little pink grapefruit garnish or we love The Captain’s Wife unadorned over ice. We like to keep it straight forward for ourselves although there are so many gorgeous ways to serve Welsh Sisters Gins in cocktails - particular favourites being the Flying Tigre cocktail with The Captains Wife or a Bee's Knees with Morwyn – both served cold and beautiful on hot days.
What gins would you always have on your gins shelf?
Becky’s favourite is Wicked Wolf Gin from Exmoor - you can just taste the heady aromas of the moors. And Tania’s is Hibernation Gin from the Dyfi Distillery made with autumnal fruits foraged from North Wales.
What’s next for Welsh Sisters Gin - any exciting plans?
We’ve had to be a bit nimble this year to adjust to a rapid change of course since the pandemic hit us all – we were going to attend fairs, festivals and events to introduce our gins to more customers – so now we hope to find other ways to make our gin available. Our shop in New Quay is open every day this summer which is a lovely way to meet our customers and chat about gin! If all goes well we may introduce our next brave lady waiting in the wings to join us on our exciting voyage ahead.