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Manchester Gins

& Gins From the Surrounding Area

With the current gin craze, there are now a number of Manchester gins on the market, however, the history of the popular tipple in the city can be traced back to the 1760s, with the oldest distillery in Britain, located in the region and still using their original copper stills.

Incredibly, today, a fifth of the world's gin is reportedly produced barely 20 minutes from Manchester city centre and the world's first ever female Master Distiller is a University of Manchester graduate who has gone on to become the most prolific creator of gins on the planet.

 

The Shambles "At the corners of nearly all the principal streets are gaudy buildings, with enormous lamps, and into these Gin Palaces, as they are called, a continual stream of living beings enter. And oh! what a wretched procession! Old men and little children, drabbish women and young girls; youths of besotted appearance, and men in the very flower of life, bowed down to the dust, energies quenched, strength prostrated, minds half destroyed.
"Just follow me into a Manchester gin palace, and let us watch for a moment what is going on..." ~ "Local Loiterings: And Visits in the Vicinity of Boston", by a looker-on, 1845

 

Below, we list all the best gins from Manchester and the surrounding area to add to your collection.

 

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~ Gins listed in order of distance to Manchester Town Hall ~

 
Manchester Three Rivers Gin Manchester Three Rivers Gin

Distillery & Gin School: City of Manchester Distillery, Red Bank Parade, Manchester city centre

Established: July 2016

ABV: 40%

11 Botanicals: Macedonian juniper, coriander, angelic root, orris, Spanish orange peel, Madagascan vanilla, ground almond, cardamom, cinnamon, Cheshire oats and black pepper.

G&T Pefect G&T: with Fever Tree Tonic, garnished with a single fresh cherry, or gin soaked dried apricot and fresh rosemary.

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: Negroni, Dirty Martini or Aviation

 

Dave Rigby went from being the owner of Cuckoo bar in Prestwich to being Master Distiller at the City of Manchester Distillery & Gin School, which he set up with three friends, in a disused city centre railway arch at Red Bank in the Green Quarter, next to Manchester Arena.

Their international award-winning small batch dry gin, distilled in a beautiful custom made copper pot still, combines 11 botanicals, including oats - inspired by the staple diet of the working class residents in the surrounding slums during the Industrial Revolution - producing a spicy, black pepper finish, great for Martinis.


Manchester  Gin Manchester  Gin

Distillery: Spirit of Manchester Distillery, Temperance Street, Ardwick

Established: June 2016

ABV: 42%

12 locally hand-foraged botanicals: Juniper, dandelion and burdock, liquorice, ground almond and orange and lemon.

 

When Warrington girl, Jen Wiggins, met Blackpool boy, Seb Heeley, on the dance floor of The Liar's Club; in 2013, little did they expect to fall in love with each other, move in together, and launch their own gin in tribute to their adopted home city.

From a bespoke-made copper still, called "Wendy" (after Jen's mother), in their Chorlton dining room, they have now opened the Spirit Of Manchester distillery, in Ardwick - ironically on Temperance Street.

Their Double Gold winning handcrafted signature Manchester Gin, incorporates North West flavours, with locally hand-foraged botanicals including dandelion and burdock, liquorice, ground almond and orange and lemon.

Adding two more stills: "Emmeline", (after Manchester suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst) and "Victoria", (after Bury comedian Victoria Wood), they also produce a 57% ABV "Overboard" Navy Strength gin, together with limited edition infused gins, such as raspberry, and a herbaceous "Wild Spirit" version.


Fenney Street Gin
Fenney Street Gin

Distillery: Fenney Street, Broughton

Established: March 2018

ABV: 42%

13 Botanicals: Juniper, Spanish coriander, angelica root, Indo-Chinese cassia bark, liquorice root, cubeb berries, cardamon, grains of paradise, rose petals, elderflower, lavender, lemon peel, orris root (all sourced by G Baldwin & Co., London, purveyors of natural products since 1844):

G&T Pefect G&T: with Schweppes 1783 Tonic, served in a tumbler glass with a lemon peel or cucumber

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: Hemingway Daiquiri (substituting rum with Fenney Street Gin)

 

Working in a Manchester hospital for the past 4 years, young Carlisle couple midwife Becky Brown and nurse executive Paul Carruthers, were inspired to create their own gin after stumbling across an old country foraging book at Paul’s grandfather’s farm in Cumbria. A recipe for wildflower cordial prompted them to create their very own gin based interpretation, setting up a nano distillery in their own kitchen on Fenney Street, Broughton.

The handpicked botanicals and wild flower petals are hand grinded in a pestle and mortar, before being allowed to infuse in the base spirit, and added to the tiny copper still – lovingly named ‘Ada' after Paul's grandmother. Fresh spring water is used from the idyllic Vale of Eden, near Penrith, to add even more of a Cumbrian connection. Each batch produces only 85 bottles, and the result is a subtle and delicate gin, with an exceptionally smooth finish.

A fruity blush version includes fresh strawberries, raspberries and apples. Inspired by Cumbria, made in Manchester.


Faith & Sons Gin
Faith & Sons Gin

Distillery: Salford

Established: December 2015

ABV: 42.2%

6 Organic Botanicals: Croatian juniper, Austrian coriander, Polish angelica, Spanish liquorice, Paraguayan lemon verbena and Sicilian mandarin peels.

G&T Pefect G&T: with Double Dutch Indian Tonic, and grapefruit zest to garnish

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: Dirty Martini with Nocerala olives

 

This boutique one-man-band, one copper still, micro-distillery is ran in a small Salford lock-up by former Lisbon bartender Filipe Sousa, who came to Manchester to work in the city's bars (Australasia, Dusk Til Pawn, and Panacea). With just 200 bottles per batch, this really is a gin made for cocktail makers and has even found itself on to the shelves of M&S.

Being such a small operation hasn't stopped Filipe from expanding and he has a huge selection of flavoured gins - coffee, mango, pineapple - as well as rums and vodka.


No Name Gin
No Name Gin

Distillery: Salford

Established: November 2018

ABV: 18%

10+ Botanicals: Macedonian juniper, Bulgarian coriander, Polish/French angelica, Italian orris, Spanish orange & lemon, Italian liquorice, Chinese cassia bark, Indian nutmeg, Seychelles cinnamonn + individual ingredients for each liqueur

 

As if Filipe Sousa was not busy enough with his Faith & Sons gin (above), he is also behind this beautiful quality gin liqueur company, which uses a different London Dry recipe as the base for the liqueurs, distilled at his one copper still micro-distillery in Salford.

With a nod to Manchester, the liqueurs use classic local flavours like Dandelion & Burdock, (parma) Violet and Fruit Salad. Absolutely delicious.


4 Sisters Gin
Sis4ers Gin Manchester

Distillery & Gin School: SIS4ERS DISTILLERY, Salford Quays

Established: November 2017

ABV: 40%

11 Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelica, orris, liquorice, cassia, orange, lemon, almond, blueberry, mastiche

 

Born and bred in the heart of Salford, this is a gin from, not just four sisters, but also four sisters to the SEVEN BRO7HERS brewery - making the eleven of them combined the largest family of direct siblings in the global alcohol industry! Their parents obviously never owned a TV.

Their environmentally friendly hand-made, hand-bottled and hand-labelled small batch smooth Signature Gin, has a tast of blueberry, and, together with a range of four infused flavoured gins, is distilled in two beautiful copper pot stills, 'Frederica' and 'Venetia'. A range of the botanicals are sourced locally and , when overused, are sown back into the soil, by local Salford farmers.

Tours of the family distillery in Salford Quays, where you can make your own gin, are also offered.


Zymurgorium Manchester Gin
Zymurgorium Manchester Gins

Distillery: Fairhills Trading Estate, Irlam

Established: 2014

ABV: 40%

20 Organic & Homegrown Botanicals: British juniper, coriander, caraway, raspberries, angelica, orris root.

 

Established by Master Distiller Aaron Darke in Irlam, as Manchester's first craft distillery, this two man operation started out as Britain’s sole craft mead maker in 2012, with a nod to the Manchester worker bee. Honey vodka is also the base for the 20 secret botanicals in their complex rich Original Manchester Gin, which is made by using eco-friendly methods, such as importing non-perishable goods down the nearby Manchester Ship Canal.

Their extensive range also includes meads, vodkas, ciders, craft beers, and many flavoured gin based liqueurs, such as gooseberry, violet, rhubarb, marmalade, Turkish Delight and Cherry Bakewell.


Greenall's Gin Greenall's Gin

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood, Warrington

Established: 1761

ABV: 37.5%

8 Botanicals: Italian Juniper and orris, Moroccan coriander, German angelica, Spanish almonds and lemon peel, Indo-Chinese cassia bark, Chinese liquorice.

G&T Pefect G&T:

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail:

 

Thomas Dakin, the forefather of quality English gin, started making his original gin, on Bridge Street in Warrington, in 1760, founding what would become the oldest gin distillery in Britain. Following his death in 1790, his family continued making the gin, maintaining his legacy by pioneering a new filtration production method.

In 1836, they invented a unique vapour infusion process, which would set their gins apart from any other, whereby, instead of boiling the botanicals directly in the spirit, they would instead be placed on baskets above the steam-heated still. This way, the distilled spirit, would rise upwards through the botanicals, picking up the essential oils and aromas along the way.

Family friend, Edward Greenall, from the St. Helen's brewing dynasty, bought the company in 1870 and continued to make the gin under the Dakin name, until 1894; when it was rebranded as "Greenall's 1761 London Dry Gin", by his younger brothers, Gilbert & John Greenall, keeping Thomas Dakin's original recipe.

By 1960, the gin was so popular, production was moved to a larger distillery at the beautifully grand Greenall's Wilderspool Brewery alongside the Manchester Ship Canal in Stockton Heath, Warrington, where, as well as Vladivar Vodka, the company would also produce Bombay Gin, using exactly the same 1761 recipe as their house brand. In fact, it is this original recipe that would go on to be the base spirit for many of the world's most famous gins (as you will find out, below) as well as supermarket's own brands for Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Waitrose.

When a large fire, lasting three days, destroyed the bottling plant and a warehouse, in 2005 - together with the original Dakin and Greenall recipes, family records and six million bottles of spirits - the original copper pot stills were thankfully saved, and moved to a new production site in Birchwood, just 15 minutes from Manchester - where 70% of the UK's gin would be produced. These are still used today, with eight botanicals added by hand, with the recipe remaining a secret, only shared by seven master distillers in the company's history.


Lidl's Hortus Gin Sainsbury's Blackfriars Gin Aldi Oliver Cromwell Gin
Supermarket Own Brand Gins

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood, Warrington

Botanicals: Various, however all include Italian Juniper, Moroccan coriander, German angelica

 

You might be surprised to learn that, just 15 minutes from Manchester, amongst the 11 million litres of gin coming out of G&J's Birchwood site each year (70% of the UK's gin), they make over 300 brands, including the gold award winning private label gins for many of the world’s largest retailers:

Tesco ~ Sainsburys ~ Asda ~ Aldi ~ Lidl ~ Waitrose ~ Spar ~ Costco ~ Booker ~ Walmart (USA) ~ Intermarche (France) ~ Woolworths (Australia)


Bulldog gin Bulldog gin

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood, Warrington

Established: 2007

ABV: 40%

12 Botanicals: Italian Juniper and orris, Moroccan coriander, German angelica, Spanish almonds and lemon peel, Indo-Chinese cassia bark, Chinese liquorice, dragon eye, and lotus leaves, French lavender, Turkish white poppy

G&T Pefect G&T:

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail:

 

Made just 15 minutes down the road from Manchester, in Birchwood, this  multi-award winning, super-premium gin was set up in New York by Indian-American Wall Street banker Anshuman Vohra, after an investment of just £300,000. G&J Distillers in Birchwood were chosen for production with the 5 additional exotic botanicals handcrafted with Thomas Dakin's 1761 recipe, by only the seventh Master Distiller in G&J Greenall's history, University of Manchester educated biochemist Joanne Moore.

The gin, named after Sir Winston Churchill, has gone on to become one of the most famous in the world - available in 95 countries - and was sold to Campari in 2017 for £46.8 million - not a bad return!

Anshuman Vohra has continued his partnership with Joanne Moore, working closely with her to develop his new HALO Sport electrolyte drinks company.


Brockmans gin Brockmans gin

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood, Warrington

Established: 2008

ABV: 40%

11 Botanicals: Italian Juniper and orris, Bulgarian coriander, Belgium and German angelica, Spanish almonds, lemon and orange peel, Indo-Chinese cassia bark, Chinese liquorice, "Northern European" blueberries and blackberries

G&T Pefect G&T: with Schweppes Indian Tonic, garnished with a twist of pink grapefruit and 2 blueberries

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: Bramble, garnished with blueberries and blackberries

 

This famous gin, which is third-party distilled in its own 100 year old copper still at Birchwood, was set up in 2008 by Neil Everitt - who, amongst many other big international companies, set up Poland's famous Stock vodka company - with three other friends including London-based brand consultant Bob Fowkes.

Soft on the juniper, it is more fruity, thanks to the blueberries and blackberries, which sit alongside G&J's traditional botanicals and citrus peels from Thomas Dakin's recipe. A great introduction to gin for non-gin drinkers.


Bloom gin Bloom gin

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood, Warrington

Established: April 2009

ABV: 40%

7 Botanicals: Italian juniper, German angelica, Moroccan coriander, Indonesian cubeb berries, chamomile, honeysuckle, pomelo

G&T Pefect G&T: with Fentimans Tonic, garnished with 2 strawberries

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: French 75, Pear Bellini, or Clover Club

 

Only the seventh Master Distiller in G&J Greenall's history, University of Manchester educated biochemist Joanne Moore's award-winning delicate London Dry gin is light and floral, inspired by her love of nature and experimenting with new botanicals, such as chamomile and honeysuckle, and the citrus fruit pomelo.

It is distilled at the G&J Distillery in Birchwood, using demineralised fresh spring water and is notably less juniper dominant than their other gins.


Berkeley Square London Dry Gin Berkeley Square London Dry Gin

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood, Warrington

Established: 2013

ABV: 46%

8 Botanicals: Italian juniper, Moroccan coriander, German angelica, Indonesian cubeb berries, kaffir lime leaves, basil, sage, lavendar

G&T Pefect serve: Straight over ice garnished with single basil leaf

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: Dry Martini garnished with single basil leaf

 

If Bloom is Joanne Moore’s ultimate ladies gin, then her 2013 creation, named after the historic Mayfair gin of the 1700s, is most certainly marketed as the aristocratic English gentlemen’s choice of gin.

G&J's small batch premium gin is distilled in Birchwood, under the watchful eye of Head Distiller Dermot Hegarty (since 2018), using the same tradition as a single malt Scotch whisky, earning it the moniker of "the single malt of the gin world".

Made by using the unusual method of ‘bouquet garni’, where the herbaceous aromas of the hand-picked botanicals are obtained by wrapping them in muslin and submerging into the triple distilled spirit for 48 hours, the end result is complex, yet ultra smooth, and ideal for sipping straight or in a Dry Martini.

 


Opihr Gin Manchester Opihr Gin Manchester

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood, Warrington

Established: October 2013

ABV: 40%

8 Botanicals: Italian Juniper, Moroccan coriander, Indonesian cubeb berries, Indian black pepper, cardamom, orange, grapefruit zest, ginger

G&T Pefect G&T: Fever Tree Indian Tonic & garnished with thick slice of fresh ginger

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: Cinnachai Flip (40ml Opihr, 20ml Chai syrup, 20ml whole milk, 1 egg white)

 

Opihr, (pronounced "o-peer"), was created by the world’s first female Master Gin Distiller, University of Manchester graduate Joanne Moore, at G&J's Birchwood distillery.

The London Dry gin delivers the intensity of the Orient by using hand-picked exotic botanicals, herbs and spices inspired by the ancient Spice Route, where merchants would travel thousands of miles, trading exotic spices from distant lands. Great in a G&T or with a ginger ale.

 


Pinkster gin Pinkster gin

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood (since 2014)

Established: May 2013

ABV: 40%

8 Secret Botanicals: including Italian Juniper, Moroccan coriander, German angelica and British raspberries

G&T Pefect G&T: Fever Tree Indian Tonic & garnished with a raspberry & a sprig of "well-spanked" mint

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: Rampant Raspberry (50ml Pinkster, 70ml Apple juice, 35ml Hedgepig Rampant Raspberry gin liqueur, 15ml Lime juice, garnish with apple slices)

 

Another gin coming out of the G&J Distillery in Birchwood is the popular rasberry infused Cambridge-based brand from creator Stephen Marsh, a Hertfordshire based PR entrepreneur. He originally produced the gin with Thames Distillers in London, before switching to G&J in 2014, under the watchful eye of Joanne Moore.

Five secret botanicals are used in the base gin - of which juniper and black pepper are prevalent - which is triple distilled in Birchwood before being infused with three more botanicals including the raspberries that give it a distinctive pink colour and flavour. Not to be wasted, the gin-infused raspberries are then sold in bottles, used to make a boozy jam or added to their Hedgepig Rampant Raspberry fruit gin liqueur. With demand far outstripping supply, in December 2018, they secured £1 million in funding to expand the brand further.


Thomas Dakin Manchester Gin Thomas Dakin Manchester Gin

Distillery: Currently G&J Distillers, Birchwood, but moving to Lloyd Street, Manchester city centre

Established: July 2015

ABV: 42%

11 Botanicals: Italian juniper, orange peel, English coriander, German angelica, grapefruit, Indonesian cubeb berries, Chinese liquorice, and red cole, otherwise known as horseradish.

G&T Pefect G&T: 1724 Tonic & garnished with an orange peel & sprig of fresh coriander

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: Negroni (garnished with orange peel)

 

UMIST educated biochemist Joanne Moore, only the seventh Master Distiller in G&J Greenall's history, has created a new juniper led gin, inspired by the company's founder, and distilled in a baby pot still, using a secret recipe of 11 botanicals.

Production will eventually be moved in 2019 to a purpose built bar, micro-distillery, gin academy and live music venue on Lloyd Steet in Manchester city centre, next to the Town Hall.


Uncle Joe's Wigan Gin Uncle Joe's Mint Balls Gin

Distillery: The Wily Fox Brewery, Wigan

Established: May 2018

ABV: Not known

Botanicals: Not known

 

A Wigan craft gin that celebrates the town's famous confectionery. Wigan bar owner,  Tony Callaghan, teamed up with Uncle Joe's Mint Ball maker, William Santus and Co., to create this minty gin liqueur - originally labelling the first batch incorrectly as "gin". Distilled by the town's Wily Fox craft brewery, it it perfect with a ginger ale, but currently only on sale at his many Fifteens pubs and bars in Wigan, Standish, Pemberton, and beyond (available to purchase by the bottle).

Dating back to 1898, the sweet is iconic with Wigan, however its creator, William Santus, most certainly wouldn't have approved of the booze - he was a strict methodist!


Batch Gin Lancashire Batch Gin Lancashire

Distillery & Tours: Batch Brew, Habergham Mill, Burnley, Lancashire

Established: November 2014

ABV: 40%

12 Botanicals: including Juniper, frankincense, myrrh, cloves, orange peel, lemongrass, coriander seeds, cardamom, angelica root, nutmeg

G&T Pefect G&T: Fever Tree Indian Tonic, garnished with frozen raspberries and lime peel

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail:

 

This family run distillery was set up by Ramsbottom-raised IT expert Phil Whitwell, in the basement of his terraced house in nearby Burnley (23 miles from Manchester), they have now moved to a renovated mill in the Lancashire town with a custom-made still, "Adrian", manufactured in Manchester.

Employing his nephew Oliver Sanderson and head distiller Emma Coughlan, before bringing in his sister and brother-in-law for distribution. each gin they produce only ever made in small batches, with no more than 240 bottles at a time, each of which is filled and signed by hand, and they now have an extensive range of flavoured gins, gin liquers and vodkas.


Cuckoo Gin Lancashire Cuckoo Gin Lancashire

Distillery & Tours: Brindle Distillery, Holmes Farm, Brindle, Lancashire

Established: June 2017

ABV: 43%

9 Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, grapefruit peel, orange peel, oats, almonds, cardamom, chamomile and cinnamon.

G&T Pefect G&T: Fever Tree Tonic & garnished with burnt tip rosemary & black pepper

Cocktail Pefect Cocktail: Martini (with Nocellara olive)

 

This beautiful gin is made on an independent distillery situated on Holmes Farm, nestled in the beautiful landscape of rural Lancashire, in the charming, historical village of Brindle, just 30 miles from Manchester city centre. All of the raw materials that go into making the gin either come directly from the farm or are locally sourced, using sustainably and ethically sourced botanicals from across the world.

45 minutes from Manchester, the distillery, who also offer a Spiced Gin and a Sunshine fruity gin, offer gin making experience tours, and a couple of times a month, even open the farm up as a public bar.


Forest Gin Macclesfield Forest Gin Macclesfield

Distillery: The Forest Distillery, Macclesfield Forest

Established: Summer 2015

ABV: 42%

16 Organic Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelica, Liquorice root, vanilla pods, + foraged wild bilberries, raspberries & blackberries, Peak District moss & ferns, wild flowers, spruce & pine.

 

Truly a family-made gin, Lindsay & Karl Bond are the husband and wife team who make, bottle and manage this delicious premium gin on their farm in the Peak District National Park. However, the real boss of the company is their 10 year old daughter, Hattie, who is in charge of all foraging missions, picking out wild berries, ferns and flowers which ensure that every batch (of 85 bottles) is slightly different.

The secret recipe is made from sourced and foraged botanicals, ground by hand using a pestle and mortar, before being distilled on the farm, with the alcohol vapour reaching the copper condenser, before being blended 24 hours later with Macclesfield Forest spring water (which they collect by jerry can). The finished product is then hand bottled into a beautiful white Staffordshire Porcelain ceramic (or a blue one, for their 39.5% ABV Earl Grey Gin).

An hour's drive (25 miles) from Manchester city centre, distillery tours are available.


Kuro Gin
Kuro Gin

Distillery: Langley Distillery, Langley Green, West Midlands

Established: July 2017

ABV: 43%

12 Botanicals: Juniper, bamboo, silver birch, spruce, coriander, orange, lemon, orris, angelica, liquorice, nutmeg, cinnamon

 

Based in Knutsford, but distilled in the Black Country, this Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin was set up by Craig Fell, a graphic designer and founder of Knutsford's Boxed Red marketing agency, together with his long time friend, John Thomson, a kitchen designer in Kirkaldy.

In late 2016, during a skiing holiday, in Hakuba, Japan, they were inspired to put their efforts into producing a gin together. In an attempt to perfectly capture the essence of the Japanese Alps, with botanicals such as bamboo, silver birch and spruce, the guys worked with the historic Langley Distillery in the West Midlands, who produce gins for over 80 different brands in some of the oldest working copper gin stills in the UK.


Didsbury Gin
Didsbury Gin

Distillery: Union Distillers, Market Harborough

Established: March 2017

ABV: 40%

Botanicals: Not known.

 

This small artisan gin company was created by local gin enthusiasts Liam Manton and Mark Smallwood in their Didsbury home, inspired by the story of the botanical gardens of Didsbury Parsonage and Fletcher Moss, which were both gifted to the people of Manchester in 1919 by Fletcher Moss, an alderman (deputy mayor).

Moving from home bathtub distilling, production of the actual gin is now outsourced to Union Distillers, 130 miles down south in Market Harborough, and hand crafted in an eco-friendly copper still, with a range of gin liqueurs, including a Christmas Pudding Gin and summery Raspberry & Elderflower also available.


Worsley Gin Manchester
Worsley Gin Manchester

Distillery: English Spirit Company, Cambridgeshire

Established: March 2018

ABV: 45%

10 Botanicals: Juniper, pink grapefruit, mandarin leaf, coriander, herbs, dandelions, buttercups, rose petals & 2 secret ingredients.

 

Taking inspiration from the Duke of Bridgewater's canal and the natural landscape of the leafy Worsley village in which he is from, Andrew "Ned" Niedzwiecki's exclusive and beautifully designed small batch hand crafted gin uses a unique cutting edge, single distillation process.

Distilled by the English Spirit Company, in a 300 year old barn 220 miles away in Cambridgeshire, unlike most other small batch gin companies, Master Distiller Dr. John Walter actually produces his own base spirit. The Oxford University biochemist - who was the first person in the UK to successfully map the genome of yeast, and make English rum and sambuka from scratch - then blends this with Ned's ten botanicals; each specifically selected for their molecular compatibility, including roses taken from his father’s Worsley garden, wild buttercups from Worsley New Hall and dandelions from a local wheat field.

It's all very scientific, unlike the bottling process - which is done by hand.


Old Manchester Gins

The following gins were once made in the Manchester area and have either moved distillery or disappeared completely. You will need to check out the auction houses or raid your Nana's booze cabinet for old bottles:


Original Bombay London Dry Gin Original Bombay London Dry Gin

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood, Warrington (until 2014). Now Hampshire.

Established: 1959

ABV: was 37.5% / now 40% (Export Strength 43%)

8 Botanicals: Italian juniper and orris, Moroccan coriander, German angelica, Spanish almonds and lemon peel, Indo-Chinese cassia bark, Chinese liquorice.

 

Fascinated by Dakin's unique infusion basket technique, in 1959, a U.S. lawyer named Allan Subin, who had worked for Seagrams, and Burton Brown, of New York's Gaslight Club, had a dream of producing a gin that evoked the colonial rule of India and 1920's London. With marketing focused on America, he contracted production to G&J Distillers in Warrington, using exactly the same original Thomas Dakin recipe as for their Greenall's 1761 London Dry Gin (above), with a 43% ABV export strength, to counteract the sweetness of American tonic water.

Originally made at the beautiful Greenall's Wilderspool Brewery, alongside the Manchester Ship Canal in Stockton Heath, the brand - which would later spawn the now more famous Bombay Sapphire - was sold in the 1980s to the company that would later go on to become Diageo. They, in turn, sold it to Bacardi in 1997 who, following the 2005 fire, eventually moved production to Laverstoke Mill, in 2014, a purpose built distillery and visitor centre in Hampshire, reproducing Thomas Dakin's copper stills.

Popular with bartenders, this under hyped gin, still uses exactly the same Thomas Dakin recipe as Greenall's Gin, albeit, since 2018, with a slightly stronger alcohol volume.


Bombay Sapphire Gin Bombay Sapphire Gin

Distillery: G&J Distillers, Birchwood, Warrington (until 2014). Now Hampshire.

Established: 1987

ABV: 40%

10 Botanicals: Italian juniper and orris, Moroccan coriander, German angelica, Spanish almonds and lemon peel, Indo-Chinese cassia bark, Chinese liquorice, West African grains of paradise, Indonesian cubeb berries

 

Growing from the Original Bombay Gin brand (above), G&J Distillers in Warrington produced what was one of the world's most popular gins from 1987 until 2014, using Thomas Dakin's original 1761 recipe (still used in Greenall's Gin and Bombay Original), with the two additional botanicals; Grains of Paradise and cubeb berries.

Originally made at the beautiful Greenall's Brewery, alongside the Manchester Ship Canal in Stockton Heath, the Bombay brand was sold in the 1980s to IDV (later to become Diageo). They, in turn, sold it to Bacardi in 1997.

In 2011, Bombay Sapphire East was launched in the USA, with two additional botanicals, (lemongrass and black peppercorns), bottled at 42% ABV to counteract the sweetness of American tonic water.

Following the 2005 Wilderspool fire, Bacardi eventually moved production to Hampshire, opening Laverstoke Mill, a purpose built distillery and visitor centre in 2014, reproducing Thomas Dakin's original copper stills and vapour infusion techniques, and introducing the Star of Bombay gin.



 
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