Full steam ahead for gin mak­ing fam­ily

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A FAM­ILY of gin mak­ers is cel­e­brat­ing their lat­est suc­cess with their tip­ple be­ing stocked be­hind the bar for first class rail pas­sen­gers.

Karl and Lind­say Bond, with the help of their daugh­ter Hat­tie, make For­est Gin from their dis­tillery at Lan­g­ley us­ing in­gre­di­ents for­aged in Mac­cles­field For­est. They have been stocked in Har­vey Ni­chols and a string of high-end restau­rants and bars.

Now their bot­tle is be­hind the bar in the first class Vir­gin Trains lounge at Eus­ton sta­tion in Lon­don. For­est Gin is not the first Mac­cles­field com­pany to be stocked by Vir­gin Trains. Pas­sen­gers in the on-board shops on the trains can buy a spe­cially brewed pale ale called Tilt­ing Ale made by Red Wil­low brew­ery, which is based at By­rons Lane.

It’s part of ef­forts by the train com­pany to stock lo­cal sup­pli­ers from along its West Coast Main­line.

Karl said: “We’re so ex­cited and proud to have our gin be­hind the bar in Vir­gin’s First Class Lounge at Eus­ton. We only launched the gin at the start of last year and it has al­ready won nu­mer­ous awards so this is great way to be­gin 2016.

“We’re re­ally proud of what we’ve achieved.”

For­est Gin is made by the Bond fam­ily in very small batches with botan­i­cals for­aged from Mac­cles­field For­est and the gin is then blended with cool wa­ter from for­est springs to pro­duce a fresh, herba­ceous Lon­don dry gin. Since its launch, For­est Gin has be­come recog­nised as one of the world’s finest Lon­don Dry Gins, re­sult­ing in the award of the sil­ver medal in the Global Spir­its Masters awards in 2015.

Karl and the fam­ily only distill the gin in batches of 75 bot­tles at a time and it’s sold in a ce­ramic bot­tle fea­tur­ing a hand-screen printed paper­cut de­sign by the artist Suzy Tay­lor.

●● Karl Bond and his wife Lind­say have launched a new gin

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