10 May 2017

Wealden distiller wins top international award for their local botanical gin

Greensand Ridge Distillery has been awarded a top international award in their first year for their London Dry Gin.

The gin was awarded a prestigious Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017. Silver Medal winners are “outstanding in their category. They show refinement, finesse, and complexity. They are among the best examples of their particular category”.

Distillery founder and Head Distiller Will Edge said “I was determined to create a gin which was world class but which reflected the botanicals indigenous to our region. After all the months of hard work I’m delighted that this has been rewarded by such a respected panel.”

The Greensand Ridge London Dry Gin is led by eight botanicals which can be found growing in the fields and woods surrounding the distillery: cobnuts, gorse flowers, oak moss, poppy seed, rosehip, hawthorn berries, honey and bay laurel. The distiller also uses juniper and coriander seed to provide the classic gin base, as well as five botanicals to provide spicy and citrus characters.

Edge describes the gin as “having sweet/floral and woody/nutty elements that come together to capture the aromas of a walk through the fields and woods of The Weald”.

Other releases from the distillery include a Raspberry Vodka and a forthcoming Apple Brandy, both made with surplus produce – a particular aspect of Greensand Ridge’s mission to be a sustainable business – with more products in development.

Spirits can be bought at www.greensanddistillery.com, fine food outlets or by the trade through HT White.

Credit to: http://www.producedinkent.co.uk/wealden-distiller-wins-top-international-award/