What is it about Stratford upon Avon being a hotbed for gin? After discovering the lovely Little Gin Company ladies, who serve their spirits from a converted horsebox, news reaches me of a new artisan producer in the town.
Using the Bard as their muse, Shakespeare Distillery has created a bespoke Stratford Gin, inspired by bygone pioneers who experimented with local homegrown flavours.
Handcrafted in small batches on the Alscot Estate in a still called Portia, Stratford Gin is created with authentic Tudor garden botanicals including rose, lemon balm, rosemary and old English lovage fused with the more familiar juniper, coriander and lemon peel.
Founder and head distiller Simon Picken says; “We employ the ‘London Dry’ method of production, nothing can be added to the gin other than the flavours imparted during distillation. For an added challenge and to ensure we really can say that we have created a handcrafted product, we do this using the single shot method. This means that all the ingredients required to make one batch of gin are added in at the same time.
“We don’t make a concentrate and blend this down to get the flavour we want. We have to put the same love, attention and passion into every batch to ensure they each have a consistent delicious flavour which we are proud to call Stratford Gin.”
You can find this gorgeous blend in a few Warwickshire outlets – C A Rookes wine merchant in Stratford upon Avon, The Falcon Hotel in Stratford upon Avon, The Leamington Wine Company in Leamington Spa and Square Wine in Warwick.