Here are six of the best new small distilleries leading the charge in Britain and a recipe that really showcases their qualities:
East London Liquor Company
East London Liquor Company has carved out an impressive niche in a crowded city with its stunning premises and three delicious gins. Their London Dry mixes 100% British wheat, a balance of grapefruit and lemon for the citrus and exotic spice like cardamon and cubeb berries.
The Lakes Distillery
The rugged and beautiful fells of the Lake District have the perfect champion in The Lakes Distillery. An impressive set up that also includes a single malt whisky distillery and restaurant, the gin uses wild Lakeland juniper, meadowsweet and heather.
Foraging is at the heart of the Caorrun ethos. Blackberry, sloe, rowan and elderberry are just some of the wild fruits harvested in the Scottish Highlands to create this gin. Combine these with water long-famed for producing the best whiskies on the planet and you have something perfect for cocktails, but equally delicious mixed simply with tonic.
An award-winning newcomer from beautiful Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, Whittaker’s draws its water from the distiller’s own spring and uses local botanicals like sharp bilberry, sweet hawthorn and spicy bog myrtle. It captures the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales in liquid form.
Dyfi is situated in a UNESCO-protected biosphere in Wales. In this pristine landscape the team harvests 20 of the gin’s 29 botanicals. Combine that with Pete Cameron’s scientific approach to distilling on custom equipment and you have something really quite special sold in very limited quantities.
Something superb from Sussex. Blackdown is crafted from a long list of botanicals, but things get really interesting after distillation when silver birch sap is added from the woodlands surrounding the distillery - a rare ingredient that adds a touch of sweetness to this bright and fresh summer gin.