Our
History

Since 1863 five generations of our family have acted as custodians of the True English Gin style – providing an unbroken lineage dating back to the original gin boom. Throughout this 150 years, we have been proud to distil True English Gins, using family techniques and processes handed down through the generations.

Today, in an era where most gin producers have focused on what’s new, our family remain committed to championing the True English Gin style first developed by our 19th Century forebears – protecting the classically balanced styles that lie at the heart of most classic gin cocktails.

Unlike other gin available today, our full range of True English Gins are distilled just as they would have been over 150 years ago – benefiting from the authentic period recipes and traditional two-day process that lie at the heart of creating the famously balanced English Gin style.

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1

JUNIPER BERRIES
from Macedonia

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2

CORIANDER SEEDS
from Bulgaria

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3

ANGELICA ROOT
from Belgium

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4

LEMON PEEL
from Egypt

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5

ORANGE PEEL
from Spain

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6

CINNAMON
from Madagascar

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7

CASSIA BARK
from Indonesia

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8

ORRIS ROOT
from Morocco

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9

LIQUORICE
from Uzbekistan

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10

NUTMEG
from Indonesia

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Our three
stills

Marjorie, Karin and Miranda

Behind every great gin is a great woman… Meet our traditional copper stills.

True English Gin has always been renowned for its subtlety. It is our family’s belief that good gin – like good wine, good whisky, good rum or good beer – should be characterised by complexity and subtlety not obvious or one dimensional flavours. It is a belief we share to this day. Our three copper pot stills are key in creating the subtly balanced, nuanced flavour long-associated with the True English Gin style.

Visit us at our distillery in London and you will find that our full range of True English Gins are still produced using a traditional two-day process – just as they would have been in 1863. This allows the flavours to develop and marry before the gentle heat of our small-batch copper pot still is introduced to create a more nuanced, balanced character.

 

MARJORIE

Named after Christopher Hayman’s mother, Marjorie has been with us for a number of years and was recently reconditioned ahead of our move back to London.
Capacity: 450L

 

Karin

Named after Christopher Hayman’s wife, and James and Miranda Hayman’s mother, Karin is our newest still.
Capacity: 1000L

 

Miranda

The smallest of our copper stills, Miranda is named after Christopher’s daughter and fifth generation family member.
Capacity: 140L

Meet the
team

Meet the family and team behind True English Gin

From our distillery in London, our small team work to distil and share the True English Gins the Hayman family have been proud to create for over 150 years. Read on to find out more about the favourite gin memories of the Hayman’s of London team.

 

James
Hayman

“I always enjoyed visiting Dad at the distillery when I was younger. The distinct smell of botanicals was so intense that it left a lasting impression – I always hoped that I might work in the family company one day.”

 

Miranda
Hayman

“The arrival of our first copper pot still, Marjorie, was a special moment. We named her after my grandmother who was the link to our family’s rich gin heritage and the twist and turns along the way.”

 

Christopher
Hayman

“I remember watching from the window as the wooden crates of gin were delivered to my parents’ house in the company van. My father’s favourite tipple was a Bronx gin cocktail.”

 

Jonathan
Gibson

Brand Director

“Negronis by the shore on a warm evening at Marina Coricella. That elusive combination of time, place and serve where everything comes together... And the company wasn't bad either.”

 

Justin
Shore

Head of UK Sales

“For me a cold, crisp Hayman’s and Tonic takes me on a journey... To a roof top bar... a beach sunset... And then home to South West London.”

 

Lee
Fisher

Head of International

“The first time I walked into the Hayman's distillery, with the wonderful aromas of the botanicals slowly steeping, is something I will never forget and still love to this day. It's just fabulous.”

 

Sam
Pembridge

Distiller

“Huddling against a rock on top of a mountain in Wales and having a sip of Sloe Gin to warm up, as the mists came rolling in.”

 

Tim
Homewood

Head of Advocacy

“I remember my first pilgrimage for a martini at Dukes Hotel in London, where Ian Fleming was inspired for the character and stories of James Bond. Ice cold with a twist, delicious!”

 

Daryl
Beare

Distillery Host

“I remember heading out in Autumn as a 10-year-old boy with the family to walk the dog and pick sloe berries. There was always a magic around it, but it wasn’t until my later years that the sloe berry revealed its tasty self.”

 

David
Webster

Office Manager

“I will never forget the first Negroni, expertly created, that I had at the Distillery after my first week of working here. Rich, bitter and sweet, it was the perfect drink to end the week on. It also packed a punch…”

 

Brad
Sollis

Key Account Manager, UK North

“I remember being told “When life gives you lemons, make a Tom Collins”. As well as being mildly amused at the time, it has stuck with me. Whenever I have one now, I am transported back to the first time I sipped this refreshingly simple drink.”

 

Richard
Casement

UK National Account Manager

“I remember sipping my mum’s gin and bitter lemon as a teenager when she wasn’t looking… Probably where I developed my taste for a Tom Collins these days.”

 

Harry
Barber

Sales Development Manager

“The opportunities with mixing gin are limitless. I truly fell in love with gin while stirring up my speciality English Tea cocktail – Chin Chin.”

 

Chris
Bryant-Mansell

Key Account Manager, London

“Early in my career I trained the team at le Gavroche, and found myself having to talk my culinary heroes - Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galetti - through the flavour profiles of Cassia Bark and Coriander Seed whilst sipping a crisp G&T.”

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