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’s in the bottle – ‘Norfolk Gin’.
200 stockists later and Norfolk Gin has outgrown it’s small studio, where husband and wife team Jonathan and Alison manage the whole production from start to finish – sales, brewing, bottling, labelling and delivery. Two new sheds have been added, both made locally. It’s mind blowing to think between the two of them they have supplied nearly 28,000 large bottles and 7,500 small bottles in less than five 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 which are slowly steeped in the ‘bathtub’. This gentle method gives Norfolk Gin its irresistible flavour and its subtle straw-like colour.
Born and bred locals they 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! From Tokyo via Patagonia to the Norfolk Broads.
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. Jarrolds and Reno wines offer a refill service allowing you to reuse your bottle and save money too. Refills are also available in Brixton and Winscombe.
Jonathan’s philosophy is that you should only need one good gin. Surround that with cordials, vermouth, liquors and good quality mixers, some sparkle and flavoursome garnishes and you can make hundreds of great drinks and cocktails.
That having been said, watch out for something new this autumn!