Keeping our supply chain local is important to us and we enjoy introducing our guests to new brands, from around the local area, with a story to share.
We recently caught-up with Greg Kimber, Director at Nelsons Distillery in Stafford, to find out a little more about their gin-infused-world. We're proud to stock Nelson's London Dry, Rhubarb and Custard, and Timur in our Forest Retreat at Sherwood Forest.
Over to Greg…
Q: Tell us how it all began, Greg?
A: Nelson's Gin was created by one man – Neil Harrison. In a world wherein craft gins proliferate, Neil was certain that he had both the vision and the palate to create a distinct and exceptional gin.
With a Masters in Culinary Arts and having worked extensively in a 2 Michelin star restaurants, Neil knew that a pleasing and memorable tasting experience depends on the combination of many factors – from an inspired balance of flavours to presentation, context, and the all-too-elusive creation of ambience; the vital ingredient which owes more to alchemy than any kind of practicality. Neil combined his years of expertise and refined palate from the food industry to develop an exclusive range of award-winning gins.
Nelson's Gin is made in small batches, to be enjoyed by those who appreciate its life-affirming qualities. It is the only gin made with the influence of a sophisticated 21st-century version of a 'cottage industry' along the borders of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. With Neil's creativity and dedication, Nelson's Distillery has yet again produced award-winning rum and vodka, delivering exceptional quality and unique flavours not found anywhere else in the world.
As a connoisseur of an amazing gin, he started his own Gin and Vodka School, sharing his knowledge and letting others experience the joy of creating their own personal gin whilst gaining an education in the history and the fine art of gin-making.
Nelson’s Gin and Vodka school has won many tourism awards since its establishment; and by 2020, it is ready to embark on a global roll-out in major cities across the world.
Q: With so many gins to choose from, what makes yours stand-out?
A: Our gin's have been created by a chef with high quality ingredients in mind and also not the usual botanical's you may find in other gins, ours have very special and unique botanical's, such as our Timur Gin, which is a Nepalese peppercorn but give a very citrus aroma. This is a one of a kind gin and you won't find another Timur Gin anywhere in the world. It has also won 3 awards in 2019 including 3 stars at the very prestigious Great Taste Awards, which is the highest award possible.
Q: Favourite cocktail creation:
A: Nelson's choco espresso martini, using Nelson's Vodka. Yum.
50ml Nelson’s Vodka
25ml Chocolate liquor
25ml Coffee Liquor
Double espresso shot
Q: Perfect gift for a gin lover:
A: Nelson's Rhubarb and Custard Gin.
Q: Predictions for the next gin trend:
A: Watch this space...
Q: Best hangover cure:
A: More gin
Thanks to Greg for his time and be sure to try Nelson's Gin in our Forest Retreat at Sherwood Forest.