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Chilgrove Gin is small batch gin whose roots lie deep in the heart of the South Downs. It is the brainchild of husband and wife team Christopher and Celia Beaumont-Hutchings. Chilgrove Gin lays claim to being the first English gin to be made with a neutral base spirit produced from grapes. The base spirit is sourced from the Spanish wine-growing region of La Mancha. The idea behind Chilgrove Gin is a stripped back, less is more approach and the grape spirit is a more refined, elegant spirit than grain spirit which allows the full expression of the 11 carefully selected botanicals to produce a crisp, smooth, yet complex, gin. The botanicals used are Juniper Berry, Coriander Seed, Sweet Orange, Savory, Angelica Root, Lime, Liquorice Root, Orris Root, Bitter Orange, Water Mint and Grains of Paradise. The gins is distilled by eight generation distiller Charles Maxwell at Thames Distillers and is made with using water from the Southdowns Water Co., a natural mineral water supplier whose spring is located on the West Sussex / Hampshire border at Southbourne. This spring water is naturally filtered through the chalky South Downs. It is naturally high in calcium and low in sodium and brings it own individual character to the gin. Charles Maxwell describes the gin thus, A big, powerful, complex gin. The neutral grape spirit base helps to give a soft mouth feel and bring forward floral notes as it combines with the citrus botanicals. Overall there is a gentle delivery of the botanical flavours which end up with a spicy peppery note delivered by the grains of paradise working with the juniper.