Spitfire Heritage Gin is latest from 2015 world champion
A new small batch, single estate gin, from the 2015 world champion gin maker, has launched in the UK under the Spitfire Heritage brand.
Spitfire Heritage Gin, a 1930s botanical gin, celebrates the young lady pilots of the ATA who kept Britain’s airbases supplied with Spitfires, often dodging predatory German Messerschmitts in the process. These women flew unarmed, in dangerous skies – and were known to carry a snifter of gin as part of their kit.
The new spirit is one of only three single estate gins distilled in the UK. A fusion of juniper, two types of orange, almonds and borage (for courage) alongside coriander, rosemary (for remembrance), star anise and rose petals it presents an aromatic and refreshing drink.
The gin is made by master distiller John Walters, who was awarded best gin in the world at the 2015 San Francisco World Gin Awards. As a single estate distiller they grow their own crops which they first distil them into vodka and then turn into gin. They believe that not having to buy in their base spirit gives them an advantage, by starting with a higher quality ingredient than it’s possible to make on an industrial scale. Then, distilling in small batches allows them to completely remove the heads and tails – the beginning and end of the distillation process which have an unpalatable taste. The larger the scale of the distillation the greater the percentage of heads and tails the producer will have to leave in the final product. The result is a gin made without compromising its quality and taste.
Commenting on the launch, brand co-owner Ian Hewitt said: “The Spitfire is much more than a vintage aircraft. It is a Great British icon that symbolises the coming together of all the Nations of the Commonwealth in defence of our common human values and freedoms that transcend culture, religion and gender: our freedom to live and love and drink GIN with whomsoever we choose.”