Cheshire Botanicals is run by founders Holly, Paul and Deb. Based in the Nantwich countryside, the family use their trial still to develop award-winning recipes that celebrate the history and stories of the town.
Driven by a passion for gin in all its many forms and the strong family links to Cheshire, the creators behind Nantwich Gin wanted to produce something special and from the heart: a love letter to the town, its culture and personalities past and present.
Nantwich town has been the home of some of the leading names in science, horticulture and botany – people who were innovators of their time. With a nod to these local heroes, the scientifically-minded family were keen to use cutting-edge distilling equipment from iStill to craft the finest quality gin.
Rooted in nature and elevated through innovation, Cheshire Botanicals also uses on-site vertical farming technology to grow herbs and botanicals such as lemon thyme and lavender, which contribute to gin recipe development. Director Paul holds extensive experience in the horticultural industry, specialising in vertical farming and hydroponics.
Holly returned to Nantwich after graduating from her master's degree and worked towards the launch of Cheshire Botanicals in 2019. Holly is driven by personal stories and the desire to create meaningful spirits for many to enjoy.
Deb is a dedicated Matron for the NHS with 40+ years in healthcare under her belt - a new gin, currently under development, will be a nod to this... but the rest is top secret!
For the family of founders, the first lockdown was spent honing the recipe and refining the flavour profile for Nantwich Gin. From the botanical ingredients through to the final bottle you see on the shelf, each decision was made with quality in mind. It took a little while, but Cheshire Botanicals is so proud to share the result with you!
Nantwich Gin is a London dry gin, developed in honour of one of Nantwich’s most famous sons, John Gerard, who was a botanist and Royal herbalist in Tudor times. Gerard also wrote what became recognised as the book on plants in the 17th Century.
Many of the botanicals included in the Nantwich Gin recipe were grown by Gerard in his garden and combine herbal notes with punchy florals and refreshing citrus amongst piney juniper. Pink peppercorns bring warmth to the finish, reminiscent of summer evenings and gardens in full bloom.
Exciting ideas and plans for the near future are slowly coming together. Cheshire Botanicals plans to create more gin flavours and spirits inspired by Nantwich, as well as expanding their site to bring all production home. Until then, Cheshire Botanicals is working in partnership with an experienced, local distiller to meet the demand for Nantwich Gin.
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