The Forest Distillery is a unique 17th century barn, nestled 1,200ft above sea level within the beautiful Macclesfield Forest in the Peak District National Park. It is here that the Bond family and a small team of weasels daily distill spirits of the very highest quality. We predominately use organic and foraged ingredients where possible in our products, and all water used in the process comes from our own cool, clear natural spring. Our goal is to make the best tasting products that we possibly can, from the finest locally sourced ingredients where possible. We do as much as possible by hand – right down to the bottling. Our story began in 2014 when Lindsay & Karl Bond began home distilling tiny batches of spirits from the kitchen table in our home next to Macclesfield Forest. These initial distillations were purely for our own enjoyment, so we threw in handfuls of berries, mosses and ferns which our 6 year old daughter Harriet had foraged from the forest and surrounding hills. Slowly but surely, word spread about our gin, and we decided to decant the liquid into porcelain bottles to see if anybody would be interested in tasting it… We are very proud to say that things have rapidly moved on. The Forest Distillery is now housed within a beautiful stone barn in the Peak District National Park. Our gin is recognised as one of the worlds finest spirits having won an unprecedented two separate double-gold medals at the San Francisco Spirit Awards.
This particular variant is infused with a special Earl Grey blend from Cheshire based tea blenders Quinteassentia. The bouquet opens with lots of earthy notes, recalling the forest that the ingredients are foraged from. The palate is where the tea really starts to take centre stage, adding its earthy tones and bergamot bolstering the orange and clementine. Bergamot is the top note, the oolong tea sits at the back and in the finish, with vanilla and soft, warm citrus.