Portia and Ophelia
Portia and Ophelia

To produce gin you need a Still. Choosing the right still is a major decision for any distillery and we are happy we have made the right choice in choosing ours. Here at Shakespeare Distillery we like to fuse the old with the new to create something special and our stills ‘Portia’ and ‘Ophelia’ are no different.

Portia and Ophelia are very modern ladies, when combined with the Tudor garden botanicals we know you will agree these discerning ladies help produce something very special. Portia, our original still, has a capacity of 250 litres whilst her big sister Ophelia is 500 litres, both are heavily insulated to prevent loss of heat, reducing the power requirement. This is combined with a computer controlled cooling condenser, which lets only the necessary amount of water in to cool the vapour down. Overall this means they are pretty environmentally friendly as far as stills go.

They also use an efficient amount of copper too. Copper can play an important part in removing undesirable sulphur compounds when making alcohol. To this end our ladies have copper strategically placed in the vapour path, meaning every drop of alcohol comes into contact with it before leaving the still. Come join us for a distillery tour to see our ladies up close, where we will explain how they work in more detail.