If you love a good gin, take a look at these fantastic handcrafted Somerset gins, lovingly created at small artisan distilleries using local ingredients.
Still Sisters, Frome
Sisters Hannah and Tori create a range of gins in their bespoke copper still called Storm. They use locally grown and sourced botanicals from family businesses including watercress from organic beds near their distillery, lavender from a local family farm in Wiltshire and Dabinett apples from Perry’s Cider Orchard. Their Somerset Cider Dry Gin and range of London Dry Gins including their signature gin, lavender, rose and hibiscus and Christmas gins, are all available to buy online.
E18hteen Gin, Woolmersdon
On the edge of the Quantock Hills, the E18hteen Gin distillery in Woolmersdon handcrafts an astonishing array of Somerset gins and gin liqueurs. As well as their London Dry Gin, they have a zesty Italian lemon gin, rhubarb and orange gin and at least eight gin liqueurs including blackberry, coconut, gingerbread, Morello cherry, parma violet, passionfruit, rose and strawberry. Tempted? You can buy all of them direct online.
Friary Drinks, Frome
From the same ladies at Still Sisters, comes a range of gin liqueurs lovingly created and bottled in Somerset by Hannah, their mistress distiller. Choose from elderflower, rhubarb and ginger, sloe, bramble, raspberry and even Christmas gin liqueur, all available to buy online.
The Bath Distillery began beneath the Canary Gin Bar in Bath, and has since moved to Monmouth Place, where they handcraft small batch gins in their copper pot still ‘Jane’. Their classic, hopped rhubarb and orange sloe gins are available to buy online, or if you are visiting Bath, why not try a gin cocktail masterclass or take a tour of their distillery.
From Botanical No. 1 Gin and the marvellously named ‘Mother’s Ruin’ to fruit gins, cocktail bitters and herbal elixirs, qualified Medical Herbalist Sue Mullett certainly keeps herself busy at her Bath-based distillery. She uses organic, local, seasonal ingredients where possible, such as hand picked wild grown Somerset Lime leaves in her No. 1 Gin, and each bottle is filled, waxed, labelled and numbered by hand. Buy online or why not contact Sue for a private tasting either at her shop or at your event.
Somerset Spirit Co., Castle Cary
Based near Castle Cary, the Somerset Spirit Co. distillery produces unusual dry milk gin from locally sourced ingredients infused with a strong green ethos from grass to glass. This 100% Somerset gin is made from pure milk spirit using Red Tractor assured milk from Wyke Farms. This is combined with 14 locally sourced handpicked botanicals which are all pesticide free and diluted with water from Glastonbury. Every bottle is hand bottled and hand labelled, giving you a personal touch to your gin and tonic.
Exmoor Distillery, Dulverton
Double Gold Winners at the World Spirits Awards, John and Nicola Smith’s small batch artisan gin distillery is one to watch. In the historic town of Dulverton, they bring the spirit of Exmoor to their Somerset gins. You can buy their Northmoor classic, navy strength and navy reserve gins as well as Blackmoor silver and spiced rums online. Hear more about their story: