It took over of 6 months of hard work, more than 40 recipe variations, and over 300 expert testers to get to the flavour profile they wanted.
The name ‘Sky Wave’ itself is a fusion of the big skies and big waves that have characterised the couple’s adventures. ‘Sky Wave’ is also a term used in radio, and in their former lives, Rachel and Andy were respectively a Royal Signals Army Officer and a BBC radio reporter.
The gin is made to the London Dry standard in micro batches using traditional copper stills named ‘Tessie’ and ’Tilly’ after their much-loved springer spaniel pets. The hearts (the part of the spirit run with all the flavours) are cut by taste, not by machine, so each batch is always bespoke.
There are 13 botanicals in this gin, which are a closely guarded secret, but I can divulge that it includes foraged Blackberries and locally grown raspberries. Nothing is added post distillation other than the finest local spring water, to bring the ABV to approximately 42%.
SilverFox’s Tasting Notes
Taking a walk through the rolling Oxfordshire hills a smooth, fresh aroma fills your nose with herbaceous foliage and juniper. You pick a few blackberries off a nearby bush and make your way back to sit by the fire of a warm, spice filled kitchen.
Sky Wave Tasting Notes
Nose: No overwhelming alcohol smell, strong botanicals
Palette: Juniper lead, citrusy notes come to the fore
Finish: Lingering spice
Average Price: £34
Fox’s Rating: 7/10