Global award for fam­ily-made gin

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AGIN made from in­gre­di­ents for­aged from Mac­cles­field For­est has won an award at an in­ter­na­tional gin fes­ti­val.

For­est Gin, which is made by Karl and Lind­say Bond from Langley, has be­come the must have tip­ple for any dis­cern­ing gin lover and is cur­rently on the drinks menu at He­ston Blu­men­thals res­tau­rant, a Miche­lin starred eatery in Soho and a cock­tail bar in Hong Kong.

And now ex­perts in the gin world have given it the thumbs up, award­ing it a sil­ver medal in the ‘ul­tra pre­mium’ cat­e­gory at The Global Gin Mas­ters, which is part of the Global Spir­its Mas­ters com­pe­ti­tion held in Lon­don.

Karl, 37, who only be­gan mak­ing the gin as a hobby, said: “When the re­sults came in, and we didn’t win in the Stan­dard or Su­per-Pre­mium cat­e­gories, my heart sank.

“How­ever, to then be given a sil­ver medal in the Ul­tra-Pre­mium sec­tion was just amaz­ing”.

Lind­say, 35, who dis­tils and bot­tles the gin while Karl de­liv­ers and hosts tast­ings, said: “We are just so proud and sur­prised by the suc­cess.

“The nicest thing is that the medal is based on blind tast­ings, so it is purely about the taste”.

The Bonds’ home­made gin beat off com­pe­ti­tion from more than 70 gins from around the world in­clud­ing big brands such as Greenalls and Beefeater.

While the ex­act recipe is top se­cret, we can re­veal the gin is made from six tra­di­tional gin in­gre­di­ents such as ju­niper and co­rian­der seeds, with around 10 botan­i­cals taken as much as pos­si­ble from the for­est.

But what­ever is in it, it cer­tainly im­pressed judge An­dre Martins, who is head som­me­lier at St James’s Ho­tel and had high praise for the fam­ily gin.

He said: “To be wor­thy of an Ul­tra Pre­mium tag, a gin has to have the ‘wow’ fac­tor, and that was cer­tainly present here.”

The Bonds en­ter­prise – which also in­clude sev­enyear-old daugh­ter Hat­tie, who for­ages for the botan­i­cals – are now look­ing to get per­ma­nent premises for a mi­cro-dis­tillery some­where near to the for­est, which would in­clude a visi­tor cen­tre and tast­ing room.

For­est Gin, which also comes in a unique stoneware bot­tle de­signed by Suzy Tay­lor, is well sup­ported by many Mac­cles­field pubs and restau­rants and is avail­able by the through Brew­tique, Corks Out, and Port­land Wine.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion go to forest­

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Karl and Lind­say Bond launched For­est Gin us­ing in­gre­di­ents from Mac­cles­field For­est picked by their daugh­ter Har­riet, seven

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