What do you get if you combine Gilbert White’s gardens and Winchester Distillery? Gilbert White Gin, of course.
Please follow this link for current availability of Gilbert White Gin at Fareham Wine Cellar.
Many of you will be familiar with the name Gilbert White. White was a pioneering naturalist and ornithologist parson who was born in Selborne, Hampshire where the White family house remains to this day. The house is known as The Wakes and houses the Gilbert White museum as well as the Oates collection (an Antarctic exhibition dedicated to Captain Oates, who accompanied Captain Scott to the South Pole in 1912).
You might also be familiar with Winchester Distillery (founded in 2014) who produce the fantastic Twisted Nose Gin, Wasabi Vodka and Vermouth, all of which are made using locally sourced ingredients and botanicals where possible.
Gilbert White Gin
Gilbert White was an experimental, keen and enthusiastic gardener, and at The Wakes in Selborne there are 30 acres of ancient parkland and carefully restored gardens which have been looked after by head gardener David Standing since 1979. Perhaps the idea of producing a gin from the gardens is not so unusual and White himself apparently used to make a wide variety of brews and wines made with plants from the gardens.
All the botanicals for the Gilbert White Gin (with the exception of he juniper) are hand-picked by David and include the following herbs and fruits,
Swan’s Egg Pear
Gilbert White Gin is distilled at Winchester Distillery by founder Paul Bowler. All of their gins are small batch distilled in traditional copper alquitar pot stills. Alquitar pot stills are renowned for producing a superior, purer spirit due to a slight longer distillation process and unusual design. Batch No 1 is a sophisticated, complex and herbaceous gin, good enough to drink neat. It also makes a great gin and tonic. Use your favourite tonic water and garnish with a slice of pear or mint to complement the botanicals.
Please don’t forget to check out our other Hampshire Gins, Twisted Nose Gin and Silverback Gin. It is also worth keeping an eye out for Winchester Distillery’s seasonal range of gins, available in very limited quantities only 4 time a year: Spring Meadow Gin, Summer Garden Gin, Autumn Hedgerow Gin and Winter Wassail Gin.