Let us start with a lesson in folklore. The legend of Silent Pool goes back to the 13th century (or the Ye Olde days to you and me) and tells of a young woodcutter's daughter who lived in the local forest.
She was bathing in the pool (as young maidens often seem to do in these stories). Whilst going about her medieval oblations she was alerted by the sounds of approaching riders. Being somewhat naked she moved to a deeper part of the lake to protect her modesty. The stranger on the horse saw her, and his thoughts moved on from his daily horse ride on to other things. He tried to lure her out of the water which panicked the young woman who moved further into the lake where, unable to swim, she drowned. The horseman galloped away, and disappeared into the forest.
To this day, the ghost of the drowned maiden is said to haunt the lake at midnight. But that isn’t the spirit were here to discuss today.
Silent Pool is a hand-crafted, artisan spirits produced in the Surrey Hills next to the mythical Silent Pool. The gin is made using a copper still created for them by a German maker, who has been making traditional stills for many years. The still is powered by a vintage wood-fired steam boiler, burning locally sourced sustainable hard woods.
All very impressive and artisan I’m sure you’d agree, but how does it translate into a product?
The gin itself is produced at 43% with 24 unique (and top secret) botanicals, quiet a high number – but is it a delicious blend or an overcrowded party?
Fox's Tasting notes
On first sip the gin is cool and refreshing, like dipping my toe in a cool pool on a hot summers day. Taking the plunge the water hits you and when you resurface you’re hit with the sweet floral summer notes of wild flowers that adorn the side of this sacred spring. The final lingering sweetness is like the stolen kiss of a woodcutter’s daughter.