Gin fam­ily go closer to home for ‘world’s most beau­ti­ful bot­tle’

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A FAM­ILY which makes gin us­ing in­gre­di­ents from Mac­cles­field For­est has teamed up with a his­toric pot­tery com­pany to cre­ate their new bot­tle.

Karl and Lind­say Bond, with the help of daugh­ter Hat­tie, make For­est Gin from their premises in Lan­g­ley us­ing in­gre­di­ents from the wood­land nearby.

They have seen suc­cess sell­ing the gin in spe­cially de­signed Ger­man Stoneware bot­tles through the likes of Har­vey Ni­chols, The Con­ran Shop and Vir­gin Trains.

The stoneware bot­tle proved to be a great suc­cess and has be­come a bit of a col­lec­tor’s item but the fam­ily al­ways in­tended to use lo­cally sourced ma­te­ri­als where pos­si­ble.

So when the op­por­tu­nity to work with Wade Ce­ram­ics pot­tery com­pany in Stoke-onTrent came about, they jumped at the chance. They have teamed up to pro­duce the new bot­tle.

Karl says it’s part of the fam­ily want­ing to sup­port tra­di­tional mak­ers and use pro­duc­ers near to them.

He said: “The new bot­tle is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the fa­mous Stokeon-Trent pot­ter to pro­duce the only com­mer­cially avail­able English porce­lain gin bot­tle.

“Much of the process is done by hand within Wade’s fac­tory in Stoke-on-Trent, right down to the ap­pli­ca­tion of the amaz­ing paper­cut weasel de­sign by the artist Suzy Tay­lor.

“We have al­ways been very proud of the orig­i­nal bot­tle, but the chance to change to Stafford­shire porce­lain was just too good to miss.

“Ev­ery­one at Wade has been so help­ful with the process, and to see the fin­ished prod­uct is amaz­ing.

“We truly be­lieve that this is the world’s most beau­ti­ful gin bot­tle and just hope that our cus­tomers agree with us.”

The new bot­tle is a be­spoke de­sign and a unique shape, some­thing that Karl de­scribes as a ‘rounded oc­tagon’.

Lind­say Bond said: “Wade were set up as a small busi­ness back in 1810, pro­vid­ing bot­tles for the brew­eries of the time.

“For us to con­nect our fam­ily busi­ness with theirs feels re­ally spe­cial, and it would be amaz­ing if For­est Gin was still be­ing pro­duced in 100 years time.”

For­est Gin is still made by Karl and Lind­say in tiny batches of around 80 bot­tles at a time with each one of the new bot­tles hav­ing the batch num­ber writ­ten on by hand.

●● For­est Gin mak­ers the Bond fam­ily – Karl, Lind­say and Hat­tie – and (in­set) the new ‘rounded oc­tagon’ porce­lain bot­tle spe­cially made by Wade, which in­cludes hand crafted de­tails

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