Make Some Gin!

You may recall some time ago that i mentioned Plymouth Gin’s plan to introduce a Make Your Own Gin tour. Well they did it. And its awesome!

The Connoisseur Tasting Room

For 40 quid, you are taken on the Master Distillers tour which gets you the full historical works of Gin and specifically Plymouth and its production (which, by the by, is a very detailed explanation).  You also get to do a comparative blind tasting of 5 gins, awesome in its neutrality! You can taste the Sloe Gin too. You also get to then make your own gin recipe, distill it, reduce it, label it, take it home with you, via the Refectory Cocktail lounge in the Medieval part of the distillery for a free gin and tonic! How cool is that!!!

I worked there for quite some time and am very jealous not to be near that facility all the time, the fun you could have! If you want to plan a jolly trip, i highly recommend this the next time Icelandic Volcanoes ruin it for you.

So, rather than explain the process, I asked my good friend and tour guide at the distillery, to explain the process of making a ‘small batch’ when you do the tour (see below).

Happily Holding my creation!

I was very excited and heeded the advice of Ed who has been doing this a fair bit. You need very small amounts of botanicals at this levels and goes to show how difficult it is to write a good gin recipe ( i kinda feel guilty now for slating those gins i dont like, it’s tough!). I used a mix of very traditional botanicals but in very small quantities.  Juniper was obviously predominant, with a fair amount of Angelica ( i wanted depth and length to my gin).  I then used lemon, orange peels, orris root, coriander, licorice, cubeb berries and a small amount of cassia bark.

It turned out rather well. The results are now safely tucked away somewhere so i can’t just drink it all.

I highly recommend you contact the distillery and go do this, it is awesome!


01752 665292


2 Responses to “Make Some Gin!”

  1. 1 Ed
    May 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I see what you meant about the “hand gestures are nigh on super human telepathy! ”

    glad you enjoyed it!

  2. 2 Cat Maslaveckas
    May 7, 2010 at 9:33 am

    loving ur blogs Mr. John! sooo very interesting, its a whole new world….x

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