Chris Garden – Head Distiller at Hepple Gin will be at mmm… and glug… this Saturday (1 April) from 1pm for a free tasting of his award-winning Northumberland gin.
Hepple are rooted in the Northumbrian Moors, one of the most botanically vibrant environments in England, where they pick their green juniper and other wild aromatic plants that money cannot buy.
Hepple uses three techniques to capture the full range of flavour from their botanicals bringing them as alive in the bottle as they were in the hills!
They are a copper pot still. a Co2 extraction system and a rotary evaporator.
But enough of that, what does it taste like …
Hepple Gin – tasting notes
On the nose…
There is an immediate fresh scent of green apple, bright grapefruit and spicy juniper.
This then opens up to reveal underlying notes of Douglas Fir, and fragrant blackcurrant.
On sipping …
The initial fresh citrus flavours evolve into unexpected ripe cantaloupe melon, the spicy fragrant juniper continues to coat the palate.
There is a luscious sweet mouthfeel, which is both juicy and quenching.
The finish …
Extremely long and this is where the juniper reveals itself further with flavours alternating between sandalwood and cedar with a notable savoury presence that complements the sweet blackcurrant and liquorice.
The sweet juiciness is maintained throughout the finish.
Meet the distiller at mmm… and glug…
Chris Garden – Master Distiller at Hepple.
Chris originally worked as head distiller at London-based Sipsmith for over five years before moving to the wilds of Northumberland with his young family.
Chris is a graduate from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh.
Want to know more?
- Meet the distiller: This Saturday (1 April) from 1pm at mmm… and glug…, 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF
- Call us on: 0191 222 1818
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