April 16, 2019

How is Gin made?

Whitley Neill Original Gin

We often get asked about how our Gin is made, what it’s made of or where our Gin comes from, so here is a quick overview of how our Original Handcrafted Dry Gin is made, for you to share next time you’re enjoying Gin drinks with friends.

  • A mix of classic and exotic South African botanicals lead to a liquid with a flavour as unique as its heritage: Juniper berries, sweet orange peel, sweet lemon peel, orris root, angelica root, coriander seed, cassia bark, baobab powder and Cape gooseberry.
  • All the botanicals except Cape gooseberry are macerated overnight, for approximately 12 hours. Due to the delicacy of Cape Gooseberry, this is distilled separately.
  • The distillation takes place in a beautiful antique copper pot called ‘Constance’, who is over 100 years old. The process produces a liquid to approximately 81% ABV, which is then bottled at 43%.
  • The Original Gin was created by Johnny Neill, an 8th generation family member from a family that have been distilling since 1762. Johnny strove to create a gin that paid tribute to his English distilling heritage and a homage to the enigmatic beauty of his wife’s South African homeland.

To read about Johnny’s personal experience, visit our Who We Are page, then visit our stockists page to find out where you can buy your own bottle of Original Handcrafted Whitley Neill Dry Gin