Forest Gin is an exceptional, multi-award winning spirit which is distilled in small batches at our distillery here next to the glorious Macclesfield Forest.
We are a truly family company. Lindsay & Karl Bond are the husband & wife team in charge of the still, bottling, management, sales & shipping.
Harriet Bond (aged 8) is the BOSS. She leads all foraging missions, and is an expert in knowing the best spots for juicy bilberries & ripe raspberries. Hattie would actually prefer it if you did not buy our Gin, as any left over berries end up in her porridge every morning.
Our goal is to make the best tasting Gin that we possibly can, from the finest locally sourced ingredients where possible. We do as much as possible by hand - right down to the bottling.
We are VERY proud of our little Gin, and hope that you love it is as much as we do.
****2016 Update... We've just been awarded TWO separate DOUBLE-GOLD Medals at the San Francisco Spirits Competition!!!****
Forest Gin is distilled by our family in batches of a maximum of 85 bottles at a time. Each bottle contains these key elements:
These ingredients are ground by hand using a pestle & mortar, before being distilled by us here in Cheshire. The alcohol vapour and the flavoursome oils from the botanicals reach our copper condenser, where they are immediatley cooled. This fragrant spirit is then blended with our spring water to create unfiltered London Dry Gin of the very highest quality.
In a desire to try to source our ingredients and materials from within the local area, the natural vessel to hold our Gin is Staffordshire Porcelain.
Since 1810, Wade Ceramics have been crafting the highest quality ceramic products, with their items being renowned and collected all over the world. They make our bespoke bottles for us using many traditional methods, and the final bottle is fully vitrified, meaning they are fired to a temperature which ensures the porcelain will not absorb any moisture, flavour, odour or stains.
The Forest Gin Artwork is a one of a kind commission by the respected Papercut artist Suzy Taylor...
Suzy hand cuts all of her artwork from a single piece of paper using a scalpel and a magnifying glass in a painstaking process. More information on how Suzy developed the unique "weasel" design with us can be found here.
The team at Wade then apply the artwork by hand to each bottle. The final piece is a practical, yet beautiful, porcelain decanter, which we hope that you will re-use and treasure for years to come.
Here's what people are saying about our little Gin.
"Nothing makes me happier than when good things happen to good people and Forest Gin is definitely something good you should let happen to you!"
I spent a day filming with the creators of this new artisan gin for the BBC's Countryfile this week and I fell in love with the people and the product.
"Perhaps the best I've ever tasted"
This is the real deal - the epitome of the London dry gin style. Perhaps the best I've ever tasted. The reason - all that foraging comes through in the lingering aftertaste of citrus, oak, herbiness, berry fruits and even lavender.
We only sell to the licenced trade, so please visit one of our lovely stockists to purchase. This is just a small selection of our outlets. If your favorite doesn't stock Forest Gin just yet, then please ask them to get in touch
If you are experiencing Forest Gin for the first time, we always suggest that you try it neat to begin with. Swirl a small amount around a nosing glass and breathe it in before tasting....
The Gin is cool and clear in the glass, with a complex yet light fragrance of the wild ingredients.
The predominant initial taste is of Juniper, with added citrus notes from the coriander seed.
Next, the sweetness of the berries comes through, accompanied by herbacious notes provided by ferns, flowers and pine.
The finish is long, deep and earthy due to the use of fresh Moss in the distilation.