When I was younger, I used to love watching my grandpa make wine. I would ask to eat some of the grapes he used to buy in big cardboard trays and watch the bubbles flow around the air lock. He made what seemed like thousands of bottles and ran a local wine club with hundreds of members. He was a role model for me in many ways and later in life, I too started to become more interested in the processes of making drinks with alcohol. My passions were more towards the spirits though, initially whisky, but when I discovered gin at the grand old age of 30, I found my true spirit.
From then I started to read everything I could about the gin and distilling. I would dream that maybe one day I could open my own distillery and make my very own gin. I initially went to gin fayres and learnt as much as I could with both my palate and my ears. I started to visit other distilleries and learn exactly what was involved in the process of making gin and setting up your own distillery. Following this, I enrolled on more formal training with a distilling course in Sunderland. It took me over 2 years to gain all the knowledge and skills to start up my own gin distillery.
Finally, in late January of 2019, after hundreds of hours of trials, the first batch of Kilty Gin started to flow off the still. As I tasted it, I knew instantly that I had created something special. I absolutely love the amazing feedback I have had from the already loyal group of Kilty fans and even other distillers. I can’t wait for you to try Kilty Gin too!