About Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin
A field-to-bottle distillery, Chase Distillery is a family-owned and operated distillery that makes premium vodka and gin from potatoes, grown on their family farm. Founded in 2008 and based in Herefordshire, UK, one of the richest farmlands in the world, they grow their own potatoes at their farm and 250 of those British potatoes go into just one Chase Original Vodka bottle. Dedicated to a sustainable approach to farming and distilling, they even create their own energy using an on-site bio-boiler, which is powered with the prunings from their apple orchards. All their ingredients come right from the single-estate family farm. Chase vodka and gin are distilled in the tallest rectification column in the world, rising through the roof of their barn at 70 feet.
The base spirit for Chase Great British Gin is the award-winning Chase Vodka that's distilled in copper pot stills and infused with 10 botanicals, including juniper, coriander seed, bitter almond, cinnamon bark, ginger, cloves, angelica root, licorice root, lemon peel, and cardamom. The first British “estate gin” in more than 200 years, the whole production process from harvesting the potatoes to the bottling occurs at one site. Bottled at 80 proof, this extra dry gin greets with distinct juniper and spice flavors, including ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom with licorice and lemon in the background.
Chase Great British Gin won Double Gold at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The Chase Distillery is quite a unique outfit, home to several labels, Williams Gin, Chase Vodka, and Tyrrells Crisps, a potato chip brand. The Chase facility serves as both an active potato farm and a distillery.
The Chase family comes from a long line of potato farmers and is now in their fifth generation. After going bankrupt in 1996, William Chase — founder of the Chase distillery — decided to take a new direction with their brand, founding Tyrell’s Crisps in 2002, "As Tyrrells grew, I was searching for the next step. In 2004 whilst traveling in the USA, looking for packaging equipment for the chips, I stumbled on a small distillery making potato Vodka and thought this would be a great new chapter to life."
According to Winston Churchill, "The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire," referring to the British officers using it to treat malaria in India.
Initially made for medicinal purposes, gin gets most of its flavor from the juniper berries added after the distillation process. It sure has come a long way from the Middle Ages, with the introduction of new botanicals, fruits, and spices, bringing it closer to people of all flavor varieties.
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