The Williams Chase farm is based in Herefordshire, a county that boasts some of the richest farmland in the world. It is here they grow King Edward, Lady Claire and Lady Rosetta potatoes for the distillery. "Having the distillery located on the farm allows us to keep a watchful eye over how our potatoes move from field to bottle. It is this single-estate approach that makes us truly different – something you can taste in our award-winning vodka and gin."
Not many people know that gin is made from vodka (or neutral spirit). Unlike most distilleries, they make their spirits from scratch rather than buying in a readymade neutral grain spirit. People care about the terroir of their wines or the barrel ageing of their whiskies, so why shouldn’t they care about the traceability of their white spirits? They are even able to tell you in which field your vodka and gin came from.
In the bespoke copper gin still, Ginny, they add 10 botanicals into the carter head for vapour infusion through the spirit as well as 2 of their botanicals in the belly of the still giving a different complexity to this gin. Most distilleries are trying to use botanicals to mask the base spirit in their gin, whereas they use botanicals to draw out the best aspects and compliment the mineral earthiness in their potato spirit. For GB gin they infuse juniper buds and berries to ensure that we distil the driest gin possible, followed by cinnamon, ginger, almond, coriander, cardamom, cloves, angelica root, liquorice root and lemon to ensure a distinct, full and robust flavour. This smooth yet bursting with flavour gin creates a bittersweet symphony with a good mediterranean tonic.
The aromas are of zesty citrus and warm spicy notes. The palate has flavours of juniper, lemon and rich spices. The finish is full bodied with an extra dry finish.