Muddy Says: One of my favourite experiences to date, I got to visit the lovely people at Norfolk Gin and see where the magic happens!
Norfolk Gin was at the very beginning of the Gin revolution and paved the way for the hundreds of local producers in Norfolk.
You can’t walk into a bar or pub in Norfolk without seeing the distinctive handcrafted ceramic bottles , made by Wade Ceramics in Stoke on Trent. The simplicity yet very clever brand and naming wasn’t down to any sassy agency but the result of founder and chief maker – Jonathan who in exasperation decided to say exactly what it is – ‘Norfolk Gin’.
150 stockists later and Norfolk Gin is fast outgrowing it’s small studio, where Jonathan and Alison manage the whole production from start to finish – sales, brewing, bottling, labelling and delivery. It’s mind blowing to think between the two of them they have supplied nearly 20,000 large bottles and 5,000 small bottles in less than four years.
Using the bathtub method, Norfolk Gin features a unique combination of fragrant botanicals prepared by hand (fresh juniper aromas and herbal scents, balanced with a touch of spice, hints of sweetness and fragrant citrus) and slowly steeped in the ‘bathtub’. This gentle method gives Norfolk Gin its irresistible flavour and its subtle straw-like colour.
Born and bred locals love to champion all things Norfolk and Jonathan puts his success down to word of mouth (slurp) marketing. But now the tourists are jumping on the band wagon and Norfolk Gin is being shipped far and wide, such is the testament to the taste!
Plus, once you’ve consumed the liquid loveliness, the gorgeous bottles make a great ornament and many a kitchen window sill is adorned with one. Credit goes to Kerry Polska for the beautiful design.
There are too many venues to list if you fancy a cheeky large one but if you’d like to buy a bottle (they make a great gift) – Reno Wine, Satchells Wines, Jarrolds, Norfolk Deli, Bakers & Larners and Harper Wells are all stockists.
With lots of exciting things in the pipeline from mini gift bottles, wooden kitchen blocks, sustainable corks and some wonderful old fashioned cinema styled paintings featuring Norfolk Gin – keep checking in for updates!