Video - The rise of regional gin
We are a nation of gin-lovers. In fact, the number of distilleries in the UK has more than doubled over the past six years, with 233 nationwide producers as of the end of 2015.
Distilleries all over the UK are using botanicals and ingredients from their local areas to create distinctive gins that are then enjoyed in villages, towns and cities across the country.
This video takes a look at one of these regional distilleries – William Chase of Herefordshire. Williams' premium gins are the first of their kind in the UK to be distilled from scratch, and it all happens on the farm in the village of Preston Wynne.
As Chase says in this video: “The words ‘single estate’ are a fantastic way of describing it, as it literally is all here on the estate. The potatoes are grown here, the water comes from underneath the estate – it’s all contained on site.”
Natural, home-grown ingredients are the lifeblood of Williams Gins – and so is the fact that it’s a family company. Both of Chase’s sons work for the business. Harry Chase works as a farmer and grows the potatoes and cider apples used to make the gin, while James Chase acts as a brand ambassador and runs a bar in Mayfair.