Celebrate International Gin Day in style with a G&T from…

Celebrate International Gin Day in style with a G&T from...

In celebration of International Gin Day, the Burton Mail popped along to Nelson’s Gin – the only gin distillery in Staffordshire. Neil Harrison, a former chef who once owned one of the top deli’s in the country, uses an incredible 27 herbs and spices including peppercorns, lemongrass and liquorice to make up the unique taste of Nelson’s Gin – and sales have sky-rocketed since he launched the business earlier this year. The 47-year-old explained that it took him two years to create the ‘perfect gin’, and he is very proud of it as it is so unique.
Neil Harrison has created Nelson’s Gin, which he believes is the ‘perfect gin’He said: “I just kept building the flavours up with things that go together. It’s quite a citrony and vanillary floral flavour which finishes witha peppery taste. It’s has a long taste to it. Everyone who has tried it loves the depth of flavour and you can drink it neat without it being harsh.” Neil has had a very eclectic career. He was originally a director at Tarmac, before becoming a chef and launching Patrick and Brooksbank deli and restaurant which was named one of the top delis in the country. After eight years in the kitchen, Neil decided it was time for something new.READ MORE: Where will the Coca-Cola truck be visiting this year?He said: “I left out of boredom. I felt that I was stuck in one place and couldn’t do anything. I decided that gin was the way forward. As a chef it’s a blank palette, I could start from scratch and make it what I wanted. I used all my chef skills to make a one-off gin.” Neil began his creation at Burleighs gin school in Leicester and it took him two years of trial and error to form his signature flavour. Most gins only have seven ingredients, but Neil was not happy with the flavour until there were 27. It took him 49 different batches until it was perfect. Nelson’s Gin is made just outside Uttoxeter using 27 different ingredientsOnce the gin was complete, Neil applied to the government for a licence to open a gin distillery. The whole process took two years. Then he chose the bottle for the gin, and importantly, the name. Neil said: “I chose ‘Nelson’s Gin’ for two reasons – my grandfather was called Nelson and he liked to potter about with wine in his cellar, and also Admiral Nelson was a big gin drinker. He even set up a gin distillery for his troops. It is number seven because it was the seventh batch of the seventh trial which was the recipe…

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