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Autumn Hedgerow Gin is a seasonal, autumnal Hampshire Gin. It is small batch, micro-distilled Hampshire Gin at the Winchester Distillery. It is a limited edition gin which owner and distiller Paul Bowler only makes once an year. This complete the quartet of their seasonal gins alongside the spicy Winter Wassail Gin, the “spring in a bottle” Spring Meadow Gin and the floral and blossom-y Summer Garden Gin. Of course, they also produce the fantastic Twisted Nose Gin too.
All of the Hampshire gins at Winchester Distillery are distilled in a traditional copper pot still, a descendant of the alembic still, used to make batches of spirits, unlike the continuous distillation of large, more commercial column stills. Pot stills produce a very fine grade of spirit. The botanicals are gently crushed, mixed and macerated pure, neutral spirit to release the oils that give the gin its characteristic flavours. The spirit and macerated botanicals are then re-distilled in the pot still and only the heart of the distillate is used for the final bottling.
The Autumn Hedgerow Gin is made with juniper a selection of autumn-inspired hedgerow fruits for the botanicals which include Bramley apple, blackberries, rose hip, hawthorn and elderberry.