Stratford Gin Festival – Sun 7 July

Stratford Gin Festival – Sun 7 July
We are delighted to announce that we are once again partnering with Billesley Manor Hotel to hold the Stratford upon Avon Gin Festival on Sunday 7 July 2019. This is a must for all Gin Lovers! Set in the 100 year old Topiary garden at Billesley Manor Hotel, we will be jointly hosting a relaxed afternoon (12 noon - 5pm) with a small selection of local gin distilleries and live music. With lot...

Shakespeare’s Mulberries

Shakespeare’s Mulberries
Fruit from two historic mulberry trees in the Great Garden of Shakespeare’s New Place has been harvested to produce a very special tipple that we think Shakespeare himself would have approved of. We are delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the independent charity that owns and cares for Shakespeare’s New Place, to produce a special batc...

Stratford Gin is Outstanding!

Stratford Gin is Outstanding!
We are thrilled and excited to announce that we have been awarded a 'Silver Outstanding' medal by the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) for our Stratford Gin. Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world with the awards being among some of the highest honours in the drinks industry; each spirit is...

Alscot Quince Gin

Alscot Quince Gin
Our third Tudor-inspired gin was made using the fruits of a quince tree found on the beautiful 4,000-acre Alscot country estate in Alderminster, where our distillery is based. Alscot Quince Gin is the perfect tipple to raise a toast to Stratford's most famous son! The idea for a Quince gin first came about in October 2016 at a charity event in The Bell at Alderminster whis...

Stratford Gin wins IWSC Silver

Stratford Gin wins IWSC Silver
We are extremely proud and delighted to announce that we have won a Silver award in the 2016 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) for our Stratford Gin. Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world and their awards are acknowledged to be among some of the highest honours in the drinks industry. Judging for the Competition...

Shakespeare 400th Anniversary

Shakespeare 400th Anniversary
On the 23rd April 2016, Stratford upon Avon commemorated the 400th anniversary of the death of its most famous son and resident, William Shakespeare. The town was awash with visitors and dignitaries, along with a smattering of RSC actors and celebrities, not to mention HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. To cap it all the sun was also shining! We were delighted to have been app...

Mulberry Gin

Mulberry Gin
We are super excited to announce the second product from Shakespeare Distillery, Mulberry Gin. Mulberry Gin is made by combining Mulberries with Stratford Gin and leaving them to steep for several months before decanting and bottling. The result is a deep rich fruity Gin ideal for sipping or using in cocktails. Mulberries are one of those fruits that you will never see in the supermarket...

Shakespeare and Mulberries

Shakespeare and Mulberries
Shakespeare very famously planted a Mulberry tree in the gardens of his home ‘New Place’ in Stratford upon Avon following instruction from the palace in 1609 that all landowners should plant them in the hope of promoting a native silk industry. Fortunately for us the wrong variety of trees were imported, instead of the white Mulberry which silkworms feed on they had imported black Mulberry trees. ...

Shakespeare and Gin

Shakespeare and Gin
Juniper based spirits have been used for medicinal purposes since the early middle ages. Recipes similar to that of Gin can be traced back to the late 1400s. The Dutch were the first to drink juniper-based spirits recreationally in any great volume, producing a drink called Genever, the pre-cursor to gin. We can thank the first Earl of Leicester Robert Dudley (and a Warwickshire resident, based...

Brits drink 29 million litres of gin

Brits drink 29 million litres of gin
Whilst the ‘gin revival’ has been in full swing for a number of years, younger consumers are now really turning to gin as a drink of choice. New research from Mintel, the world's leading market intelligence agency shows that although over 50% of white spirit drinkers think that gin is an older person's drink, it is actually the younger consumers who are most likely to drink it. Over two in five...
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