From selecting the very finest botanicals from each harvest to checking flavours and aromas by hand and nose, there’s a fine art to distilling gin the Hayman way.
Botanicals are herbs and spices which give gin its unique character and flavours. We carefully source and select only the finest botanicals from all over the world.
Each of our gins is made using a classic blend of 10 botanicals in different measures, depending on the style:
Our distilling team must constantly check both the nose and taste throughout to achieve the desired blend, which takes great skill.
We begin by putting the English wheat spirit into our copper pot and adding the botanicals. Then we wait. Steeping the botanicals for a full day is important as it allows all of the flavours and aromas to be released fully.
Our copper pot still is then heated until vapour rises up through the condenser where it changes back into a liquid called the “distillate”. We never use the first and last parts of the distillate, the heads and tails. Instead, to make our gin we carefully separate away the middle, known as the heart, as it contains the perfect blend of flavours and aromas.
Once distilled the gin is left to settle for several days, allowing time for the flavours to gently blend and create the taste profile.
The gin distillate is then ready to be blended to the correct strength and bottled for you to enjoy.