First thing’s first, we thought of as many traditional (and not so traditional!) gin botanicals as we could. Then we placed an order. For 151 of them. These went into the creation of our single botanical library (SBL) which explains exactly how each botanical behaves under distillation, and ultimately how it will taste when distilled. Botanicals under distillation react very differently to when in their raw state; flavours change when heated, intensities vary and certain properties of each botanical are heightened or diminished. This library illuminates these distillation effects, helping to apportion each botanical flavour characteristic and ultimately create a perfectly balanced gin.
Next, we started tasting. Which gins did we like, which gins did we not? Which flavours worked well together and why? We read books, we searched online and we even remembered our favourite foods and the recipes that went along with them. Anything to help us start to piece together a recipe for our Cotswolds Dry Gin. With the goal already in place to create a ‘traditional London dry style gin with a Cotswolds twist’ we also knew that we wanted to incorporate local botanicals whilst keeping a juniper heavy traditional gin flavour and so our recipe development programme was born.
After weeks of creating recipes with a botanical balance, tweaking proportions, determining whether we should macerate or vapour infuse, we have now decided upon our flagship Cotswolds Dry Gin recipe. Our Cotswolds Dry Gin Inaugural Release is soon to be made available online, make sure you sign up to our Newsletter, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for more information on the release date.
Have we achieved our goal… With a delectable blend of nine botanicals; juniper, coriander, angelica root, grapefruit, lime, black pepper, cardamom seeds, bay leaf and Cotswolds lavender; we certainly think so.