SPECIAL EDITION & SEASONAL GINS
Our limited edition small batch gins are born of collaboration, the desire to create something unique or seasonal, or merely to indulge ourselves. Often deviating from our core botanicals and processes, these gins are available for a few fleeting months each year.
We love bikes. Fact. Ben a bit more so than Kate (unless the bike has a front basket!) as quantified by the number of misspent hours riding, usually up and down steep woodland trails. When we were approached back in 2017, by ashmei, a local sports clothing brand, to create a limited edition gin to be launched at the famed Rouleur cycling event, we could not refuse.
The gin named Domestique, after a cyclist in a road racing team whose role is to help their team leader, evolved to a stage where it truly was steeped in the spirit of cycling by being bottled in a classic stainless steel bidon that fitted in water bottle holders. After all, it should have a life after all the gin has been consumed.
And what about the gin in the bottle? Well, we selected botanicals from host countries of the major cycling tours. Alongside the required juniper, there is British coriander seed, Spanish orange peel, French hops, Belgian angelica root, Italian rosemary, Californian raisins and as a nod to the rural location of our distillery and the fact that the Tour of Britain has passed through Tring and the Chiltern Hills we've also included rosehip.
Domestique Gin was Highly Commended in the Classic Gin category at the Craft Distilling Expo 2018. Judges included distillers, Gin Guild members and leading gin bloggers.
Since it's initial launch we have produced two small batches of 200 bottles and have been re-filling bidons for those lucky enough to have one but having received many requests for Domestique Gin to be bottled in glass and be a permanent offering to the Puddingstone Distillery small batch gin range, well who are we to argue! So now you can order Domestique Gin online and have it delivered to the cycling gin lovers in your life!
You might need to find a way of attaching a cocktail shaker and bottle of dry vermouth to your bike as this gin makes a great martini.
Pud Pud Gin
Pronounced PUD as in Christmas pudding and referring to a key ingredient as well as our distillery name, Puddingstone. This is our winter seasonal using the finest Macedonian juniper, Spanish orange peel and Hertfordshire Christmas puddings, produced by the highly acclaimed Victoria Bakery.
Using a combination of vapour and pot distillation techniques we are able to balance the extraction of classic gin profiles and the rich spice characteristics of these amazing Christmas puddings.
Serve with Fever-Tree Indian or Light tonic water. If you like an 'in glass' garnish then just add a very thin sliver of fresh orange peel. Alternatively serve with a side garnish of 70% dark chocolate. Yum!
Also makes a delicious aperitif served as a bone dry martini, substitute our Campfire London Dry with the PUD PUD using this recipe.
Returns to the Puddingstone Distillery gin range November 2020.
Pud Pud Cask Gin
*Rated 1st place in The Telegraph's Christmas Gins 2019 top 6! 10/10*
*Rated 3rd place in The Telegraph's Christmas Gins 2018 top 6!*
There comes a time when the ex-bourbon casks we use for our award winning Campfire Cask Aged Gin get a little ‘tired’, but as we discovered they still have life in them. PUD PUD Cask was first launched as an experiment for World Gin Day 2018. If you don’t have that date in your diary, shame on you… it’s 9 June.
So what is PUD PUD Cask? Well, more than you think, is the answer. First we rest our original PUD PUD gin in our ex-bourbon casks (for a secret number of days). The gin is then decanted into a stainless steel drum so we can refill the bourbon casks with a ruby port and leave it for nearly a month. You’ve guessed it, we then empty out the port and replace it with the gin for another ageing session. The result, a bourbon/port cask aged Hertfordshire Christmas pudding gin.
Wondering what we do with the port? We’ve yet to decide. As it’s also now technically bourbon cask infused we should also make it available for sale. What do you think?
Our preferred serve is neat over ice but for a G&T we favour Fever-Tree Aromatic tonic water. As with PUD PUD we like to savour a small piece of 70% dark chocolate as a side garnish.
Returns to the Puddingstone Distillery gin range November 2020.
1594 SPIRIT OF BOX MOOR GIN
In 2019 we teamed up with local charity The Box Moor Trust to create a special limited edition gin to celebrate the Trust’s 425th anniversary. Using rare juniper cultivated on the Trust’s land, the commemorative gin takes its name from the year the charity was founded. ‘1594 Spirit of Box Moor’ was launched as part of the Autumn Festival celebrations held on Blackbirds Moor, Boxmoor.
425 bottles each at 42.5% ABV were created, one for each year of the Trust’s history. The self-supporting charity manages nearly 500 acres of grazing and amenity land on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon, with a remit to maintain the area's natural environment and wildlife on behalf of the local community.
Each of the commemorative bottles featured an individually numbered tag made from paper created from used Campfire Gin botanicals. These were handmade at the nearby Frogmore Paper Mill adding to the local provenance of 1594.
Made to a classic London Dry style the small batch gin combined the Hertfordshire grown juniper with specially selected botanicals including fresh lime peel, a historical nod to the fact that Box Moor Wharf was the home of Roses Lime Cordial from 1946 till 1983.
£2 from every bottle sold was donated to the Trust.
Special edition No 1
Special by name and both special and unique by nature… for nature. This is not just another pink gin. This is pink for a purpose.
Early in 2016 we sat down with Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust with the aim to create a gin using a botanical taken from the sites they manage. Now we’re not the biggest fans of foraging and HMWT are not farmers so we arrived at an unusual option, Himalayan balsam, a species neither farmed or foraged, but destroyed.
Himalayan balsam is a non native invasive plant species bought to the UK by the Victorians. Balsam is now responsible for the erosion of river banks and for crowding rare chalk streams and native plants, preventing growth and pollination. Unmanaged it will change the ecology forever.
Each year the Trust and teams of volunteers uproot and destroy the balsam before it starts to seed. This is where we step in. Himalayan balsam has a pink, orchid-like flower which we remove, air dry and infuse into our base gin. The resulting gin has a complex mix of juniper, citrus, honey, floral and savoury notes. £2.00 from the sale of every bottle goes back to HMWT.
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