Dancing Cows Lymington Gin is a small batched distilled Hampshire Gin, a welcome addition to other Hampshire Gins like Twisted Nose Gin and Silverback Gin. Dancing Cows is the name of both the distillery and a brewhouse located in an old hay barn near the sea in Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington. Owner Richard had run a brewery in Lancashire for 14 years when he initially relocated to Hampshire and started his own brewery releasing brews with names like Pony, Lighthouse and Admiral.
Dancing Cows Lymington Gin was first released in early 2016. As with so many of the best gins these days, there is an emphasis on locality, the use of local ingredients, where possible, and most of the botanicals are sourced from farms and suppliers throughout the New Forest. There are 9 botanicals:
Juniper – naturally!
Angelica Seeds – foraged from the hedgerows of Hampshire
Bitter Orange Peel
Fresh Lemon Zest
The botanicals are macerated in a pure grain alcohol and are then distilled in Dancing Cows’ 500 litre column still named “Sarah”. The still is made by the Italian company Barison. Where the Lymington Gin differ from others is that the gin is then infused with hops. Obviously, as a brewer, Richard was used to working with hops and he eventually settled on East Kent Goldings hops, a quintessentially British hop. After infusing distillation and infusing with hops, the gin is let down to 43% abv with New Forest spring water.
Winner of the drinks product of the year at the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2016.