Introducing our new hybrid rotary column pot still, Jenny. She is 40 litres in capacity and will increase our gin production output by 2 fold so we can keep up with demand as our customer base grows.
Jenny is 100% copper and has been hand made from scratch for us by Copper Brothers in Portugal. It’s taken a while till she was ready and then a few delays post Brexit shipping, but it’s worth it, she is beautiful.
As she is a hybrid still, she can run in either a traditional pot mode or a column mode by using the column extender. The added column section has a gin basket in the middle allowing us to vapour infuse certain botanicals rather than macerating and boiling everything in the pot together.
We will be commissioning her tomorrow and then a couple of cleaning runs to flush out the dirt from the condensing pipes and welding points.
We are delighted to announce that we will be launching a new cask aged gin in time for summer 2021.
Delivery of our gorgeous 64 litre octave whisky cask arrived this week. Made out of European oak, this beauty has spent all her life ageing single malt whisky from Speyside and we are so happy we have managed to get a hold of one that will really do our London Dry gin proud. Speyside whisky is on the lighter side of Scotlands various whisky offerings with prominent flavours of toffee, stone fruits, raisin and subtle spices.
Once the cask is filled it will be a good 3-6 months before we can bottle our new amber liquid. Batch 1 we expect to have around 100 bottles and pre-orders will be available via our online gin shop around spring 2021.
At the start of October we laid down our first batch of sloe gin which we hope to have ready for the start of December and in time for Xmas. After all, what is Xmas without a tipple of sloe gin?!
Our sloe berries come from the Norfolk coastline and are handpicked by a local farmer who literally spends the whole day wading through the wild grown blackthorn bushes in search of ripe sloes for us. We did need 20kg of berries in the end so a huge thank you to David for his efforts.
Once we get the sloe berries delivered the following day, they are first frozen for 24hrs for the berries to burst their skins and reveal the soft inside of the berry. We then steep the berries for 3 months in our award winning London Dry gin to slowly release the dark jammy natural fruit flavours of the sloes into the gin.
When the time is up, we strain and filter the gin before finishing it off with a good measure of raw honey from local bee hives in Abingdon and bottling.
We can’t wait to share Batch 1 of this gin with you!
In the last 12 months since we started, we’ve been working super hard to make lots and lots of gin, respond to enquiries and partner up with some stellar local businesses around Oxford. So, here is a list of local Abingdon and other Oxfordshire venues where you can try Abingdon Gin on your night out.
The Tipsy Mercer – a new local bar with great cocktails, live music and an excellent gin collection! The staff at the Tipsy Mercer are fantastic. This local venue is quickly becoming the main location for events and special celebrations in Abingdon.
The Brewery Tap – this pub regularly features on the Camra Town and Country Pub of the Year list and for good reason. Again, the staff are excellent, the tipple selection extensive and they have good live music regularly. Oh, and THE FOOD!
R&R Cafe – Yes, it is a coffee shop, but it’s licensed to serve a wide selection of wines and, of course, Abingdon Gin. Stop by R&R for an afternoon cuppa, or a gin!
The Greyhound Inn, Wantage – this 18th century free house, in the centre of Letcombe Regis, a pretty downland village within the Vale of the White Horse region of Oxfordshire, serves up a stunning selection of gin and we’re proud to be on the menu!
Upcoming Festivals & Markets
Abingdon Markets – join us for the local excellence markets on the following dates:
Saturday 5th December 2020
Don’t want to buy online or need it right now?
Here are some local brick and mortar shops selling bottles of Abingdon Gin.
Loose Cannon Brewery Shop – local booze creators stick together. You can now buy Abingdon Gin in the shop at Loose Cannon next time you go in to pick up the latest brew.
Wells Farm Shop – cheese, jams and now gin! Pop into the Wells Farm for a delicious meal or coffee and stock up on all the best ingredients for a cheese and wine (or gin) night.
Find out how Abingdon Gin grew out of a cramped apartment block in Hong Kong to a bustling distillery in the heart of Oxfordshire. Read our story below.
How did a Canadian and a Brit come together to make gin in Abingdon? This is our story.
Abingdon Gin started as an idea in a cramped Hong Kong apartment where we began dabbling in distilling with the aim of creating a truly sippable gin.
Ben, who was working as an airline pilot at the time, would bring botanicals back from layovers around the world. Experimenting with different recipes and cuts using a tiny copper still.
“We weren’t living right in the centre of Hong Kong. Our village was pretty out of the way, and it was hard to get a decent drink.
“We discovered that we could bring together some really interesting botanicals from around the world and combine them to make some really tasty gins. Admittedly though there were some howlers along the way!
When they moved to Abingdon, they found a thriving town without any craft distillery so decided to take on the challenge.
“Abingdon is a hidden gem. Lovely parks, on the Thames and plenty of pubs! It was definitely moving onwards and upwards with lots of trendy bars coming in which in turn is bringing in a younger crowd.
“We’re grateful to add our gin to the community in Abingdon. It has a rich history and is full of active, sociable people who enjoy a drink in the pub or at home in the garden. We’re happy to contribute to that in our own way.”
Nearly 100 batches and 7 distilling methods later, we finally settled on our perfect London Dry recipe.
Spring 2020 saw the release of our contemporary styled Lavender & Pine Blossom gin. It was originally released as a limited edition of a few batches. But it has become so well received that we are considering adding it to our core range going forward.
We are also extremely proud to announce that our London Dry gin won 3 bronze awards in the best London Dry gin category at the 2020 IWSC awards, the International Spirits Challenge and the London Spirits Competition. It was also named as a finalist by The Gin Guide Awards in the Traditional Gin category.