It’s been another exciting start to the year for gin as the spirit continues to go from strength to strength. Lora Hemy, head distiller at Halewood Wines & Spirits shares her 2017 gin trends with us.
Lora is responsible for distilling the premium organic Liverpool Gin and Liverpool Vodka from Halewood’s new Liverpool distillery, as well as overseeing the build of a new whisky distillery in North Wales and the continual development of new spirits to add to Halewood’s burgeoning craft spirits portfolio – a busy lady! But Lora still had time to share her insights into the year ahead for Britain’s best-loved spirit.
1. Novel Botanicals
2017 will see continued experimentation with new types of botanicals, with development beyond the classic London dry styles. Halewood’s J.J. Whitley Gin range, which is inspired by the British countryside, makes use of elderflower and more recently nettle, while Liverpool Gin boasts an organic Valencian Orange addition.
2. On-Trend Techniques
2017 will see experimental distillers moving away from the traditional London Dry style of production. Greater attention will be paid to how are the botanicals are treated during the distillation process and there’ll also be an increased focus on innovation with the equipment itself.
3. Experimental Finishes
Gin distillers are braver and more experimental than ever when it comes to gin and that’s not just with the botanicals. Techniques with cask finishes and wood maturation are being developed, which are adding to the complexity and depth of the liquids.
4. Savvy Serves
There will continue to be an increased focus on how gin is served, both at home as people want to impress their friends and in bars where people want to be seen with the most interesting drink. Experimental garnishes, food matches and new-style mixers will be challenging traditional serves.