Henstone Distillery has just been Highly Commended in the Craft Distilling Expo Best Classic Gin 2018 Award. The Oswestry gin has only been in production since February and this competition was the first that the distillery had entered, so the team at Henstone are extremely proud of their achievement.
Alison Parr, of Henstone Distillery, said “We have had wonderful feedback and support since we launched the gin, but to win our first award already is a real testament to the quality of our spirit!”
The Craft Distilling Expo Gin of the Year Competition entries came from around the world and were all launched in the past year. The judging panel consisted of distillers, professional gin judges, drinks writers, and gin connoisseurs.
All the gins were tasted blind and were then judged in a second round with tonic water to determine the winner in each category.
The award comes on the back of the distillery successfully launching a couple of new gins – Navy Gin and Rosè Gin, an oak aged gin, which are both proving just as popular as the Classic gin.
We launched our Rosé Gin on Thursday 11 October and batch #1 which comprised 72 bottles has sold out!! This craft spirit is distilled with a blend of juniper, coriander, angels wreath, cardamom and citrus peel. It is then matured in new American oak casks at approximately 65% before being bottled. The aging introduces a subtle vanilla flavour and light golden hue. The bottling ABV is 44.9%.
Batch #2 will be available later this week.
Say hello to Nonpareil, our latest Henstone distillery product. We’ve distilled Stonehouse Brewery sweeney mountain cider to produce this beautifully smooth apple brandy. Available now…..
So, on Saturday 15th of September we launched our second whisky pre-sale and on the previous day we launched our Navy Gin!!
This version, at 57.3% really packs a punch. All bottles are batch and bottle numbered. It is available for sale at the distillery and will be available in in other outlets soon after!
Keep watching for news of our next product release!
Our second whisky pre-sale has been launched today! The whisky is maturing in ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez casks and only 50 bottles from each cask are available for sale….call 01691 676457 from 10:00 on Saturday 15 September 2018 if you are interested in purchasing one of these unique bottles of whisky which will be available in 3 -> 5 years time.
For each bottle purchased the customer will receive a numbered and signed certificate and then in three to five years (the directors of Henstone Distillery will decide when the whisky is ready) you will be able to collect your numbered and signed bottle from the distillery – the bottles will be 70cl and the bottling strength will be around 45%. You will also receive email updates over the course of the maturation.
This time we are going to use a tiered pricing structure as shown below:
Bottle numbers Price (£)
1 -> 10 100
11 -> 20 85
21 -> 30 75
31 -> 40 65
41 -> 50 55
The purchase price includes VAT and duty but not postage and packing.
Thank you for your support,
The Henstone Distillery team
It’s been a while since our last post – sorry but we’ve been very busy and had holidays….
Anyway, here is what our new fliers look like. We’re really pleased with the results – thank you Neil and the Hunter Bevan team!!
There’s no excuse for not being able to find us now 😉
We all at Henstone Distillery would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the EU; the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE); the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs/the Rural Development Agencies (Defra/RDA); the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and last, but by no means least, the local officers who supported us through our grant application which has resulted in significant financial support for our brand new distillery in rural Shropshire.
“The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:
Europe investing in rural areas”
Our final grant payment was received recently and this means we can now invest in further whisky production as well as a cooling water re-cycling capability.
Links to the various authorities follow:
RDPE – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme
DEFRA – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs
RPA – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/rural-payments-agency
EU Commission’s rural development page – https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/index_en
So, we were busy filling our ex-sherry casks (2 x Oloroso and 1 x Pedro Ximenez) recently with our wonderful new make spirit (more news on this very soon) as can be seen in the photo below……
……when we had a ‘personal’ display from this team….
This distilling is such fun……
Last Tuesday (19 June) Alex and Chris attended the Castell Howell Christmas show at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli. We both have to admit it is the first time in our lives that we have worn our best Christmas pullovers in June!! We also dressed up our table with a Christmas theme as can be seen below:
We’re now back home and basking in our British heatwave!!
Well, that was quite a weekend! It started with Alex and Chris attending the LDF sponsored international polo event at Chester Racecourse on Friday afternoon. This was thoroughly enjoyable and all the guests were given a miniature bottle of Henstone Gin……this seemed to go down a treat! A picture of inside the marquee follows:
We then followed this on Saturday with a ‘World Gin Day’ 2018 celebration at the distillery. We had a bar in the garden serving Henstone G&Ts and a couple of gin based cocktails (French 77s and Gimlets) – Shane, Alison, Alex and I manned the bar. It was a really nice afternoon in glorious sunshine shared with happy customers. Part of our bar display is shown below:
Finally, here is a shot of the garden towards the end of the afternoon: