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Gin it to win it B

ased in the beautiful north Shropshire countryside, Henstone Distillery (www. uses its 1,000-litre still – nicknamed Hilda – to produce a range of spirits, including whisky, brandy and vodka. But it’s gin that has brought recognition and awards to the company so far. This April, Henstone London Dry Gin was awarded a gold medal at the London Spirits Competition. The firm’s Rosé Gin was also a runner-up in the cask-aged gin category of the 2019 Gin Guide Awards, while its Navy Gin was shortlisted in the navy category and the distillery was in the final running for distillery of the year.

Attention to detail

Over at Shropshire Hills Distillery, Ludlow Gin ( is also scooping honours. All the company’s award-winning gins are distilled in small batches by their creator, Shaun Wardington, using handmade copper stills Joy and Felicity to create the finest gin from the heart of the Welsh Marches. In another attention to detail, the unique labels are handmade on a 1950s Heidelberg letterpress in the Cotswolds and each bottle is lovingly signed and numbered. The team at Ludlow Gin use only the finest natural

Shropshire Distillery’s Shire Gin

botanicals – flowers, fruits and spices – some of which they forage and prepare themselves, and many of which travel from across the globe. The Shropshire Distillery (www.facebook. com/shiregin), which turns one this July, has had an incredible year of gin making. Its Shire Gin is lovingly crafted in small batches by the Glynn family, who sign and number every bottle. Each batch is created in a copper pot using 100 per cent wheat grain spirit, and flavours are created by adding ethically sourced botanicals such as juniper, English coriander, orris and angelica to make a range of delicate and delicious finished products.

GIN BRITANNIA 1539 Restaurant & Bar, Chester Racecourse, 20th July, 3rd August & 7th September Enjoy a hands-on gin experience with a difference at the Roodee, where you’ll be given the chance to blend your own bottle of bespoke gin to take home, using a personally concocted recipe of botanicals and flavours. You will learn about the process and chemistry in producing gin from connoisseur Chris Abbot, including how to choose the right botanicals and operate a still, right through to the designing, naming and tasting of your own gin brand. While your gin distils, you’ll also be taken on a journey through the history, customs and culture of this popular spirit, from its origins to the current gin renaissance. The experience includes a three-course lunch and sample gin and tonics. Tickets cost £95 per person, including your personally created bottle of gin to take home, based on two people sharing a still. Call 01244 304611 or visit for more information.

There’s something in the water…


hen it comes to producing whisky, one of the most important ingredients is the water. One of the best local options uses a prime source of Wales’s finest water for both its content and its name – Aber Falls. The distillery is one of only four in Wales, and is located within a stone’s throw of Rhaeadr Fawr, the Aber Falls waterfall. The firm’s whisky is distilled, bottled and matured on site, using specially crafted Welsh ingredients from the surrounding area and traditional copper stills that produce refined, premium quality whisky.

Create your own gin

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