Before you start packing your bags an unlikely group of gin enthusiasts have beaten you to it. The team is made up by the chef (Valentine Warner), the barman (Nick Strangeway), the drinks developer (Cairbry Hill), the countryman (Walter Riddell) and the distiller (Chris Garden). Their aim was to re-examine every stage of the gin making process from berry to bottle.
Their “Triple” technique combines copper pot distillation with advanced methods unique to Hepple Gin. The process begins traditionally, by distilling a classic botanical mix in the copper pot still, but this is only the beginning.
Finally all these elements are blended with water from the spring next to the distillery to bring the final strength to 45%, and then it is left to rest for at least a month.
Seemingly it takes five times longer to make Hepple compared to other gins, but is this process worth it?
SilverFox tasting Notes
Like walking on the moor on a crisp morning, the gentle wind sends warm notes from the nearby pine woods whilst the fresh rainfall brings sweet citrus droplets of spring fruits.
Hepple Tasting Notes
Nose: Fresh scent of green apple, bright grapefruit and spicy juniper. This then opens up to reveal underlying notes of Fir and blackcurrant.
Taste: The initial fresh citrus flavours evolve into melon, the spicy fragrant juniper continues to coat the palate. There is a luscious sweet mouthfeel, which is both juicy and quenching.
Finish: Extremely long and this is where the juniper reveals itself further with flavours alternating between sandalwood and cedar with a notable savoury presence that complements the sweet blackcurrant and liquorice. The sweet juiciness is maintained throughout the finish.
Average Price: £40.84
Fox’s Rating: 7/10