Our journey in gin has been an interesting one, with many twists and turns along the way.
It all began with Christopher’s great-grandfather, James Burrough, who was a curious and charismatic pharmacist. In 1863 he bought a gin and liqueur rectifying business on Cale Street in London and started producing a range of cordials, medicinal ingredients and gin. His coveted gin recipes, which we still follow today, can be found scribbled in notebooks dating back to that time.
Over subsequent years James Burrough’s sons joined the family business, exporting our gins to the USA and Canada under the Burrough name.
Neville Hayman, husband of Marjorie Burrough (James Burrough’s granddaughter), was the first Hayman to join the family business in 1951 – which was now well known for producing, among others, Beefeater Gin. He helped shape the company to make sure we could survive the aftermath of WWII, which included rationalisation of the gin styles made. And just 18 years later, he was joined by his son, Christopher Hayman.
Now, we mentioned twists and turns. Perhaps the most notable came in 1987, when the family business was sold to the then brewer, Whitbread. It could have been the end, but the Hayman side of our family were not ready to leave a life of gin making behind.
So Christopher Hayman led the way in buying back James Burrough Fine Alcohols Division Limited, changed the company name to Hayman Distillers and worked tirelessly for a number of years get us to a position where we could begin to do just that again.
As you’ve already read, Christopher, James and Miranda still continue to run the business today, upholding family traditions with an inherent passion for distilling original gins.
Which brings us back to today and the Hayman’s Gin you can enjoy. Very much a product of our past.
"Ah, so you spotted Cale? He’s here to tell our story.
He’s named after James Burrough’s first distillery on Cale Street. And has always been around observing things, both as part of our family crest and throughout gin’s rich history.
We’ve promoted him to storyteller because he really is the best person (or cat) to represent our whole extended family, mainly because there’s a bit of that fighting animal spirit in us.
Like cats tend to be, we’re always true to ourselves – pretty bold and confident. And there are lots of ways in which we try to balance opposites, such as the traditional and modern, everyday occasions or the science and art of distilling.
To us, Cale’s a true Hayman’s ambassador.
Keep an eye out for him; you never know where he’ll pop up next!”