A small-batch gin lovingly created by me (Holly)! Inspired by my love of a London Dry, vintage gin bottles and my home of Cornwall!

by Holly Harwood in Illogan, Cornwall, England

£6,718

raised of £15,000 target

126

supporters
45% 14 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £15,000 is pledged by November 4th 2018 at 4:00pm

Let's get this Holly's Gin bottle filled up! 

The story so far...

My passion with gin started when working at Dolly's Gin Palace in Falmouth (whilst studying for my history degree). This was about 8 years ago and I actually had my eyes set to create my own gin then. However I felt I needed more experience in the industry. After a big move to London and many hours working in pubs, bars, gin festivals, and a role as a gin brand ambassador... I still couldn't get making my own gin out of my head! 

2 years ago with a lot of support from my family and friends, I started Holly's Gin. It is a very personal gin to me, which is why I simply chose to call it Holly's Gin!

I wanted to create the recipe myself from scratch, making sure it was a gin I would want to drink over and over again. Holly's Gin is the result of a lot of hours spent playing with flavours and coming up with design ideas on scrap pieces of paper at 3am! However I couldn't be happier with the finished product! 

I have had a lot of support from other people in the industry. Luckily because I have worked around gin for some time, I had made a lot of friends along the way. From distillation to guidance on how to run a business.. thank you! Those lovely people know who they are! 


The Design

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I was very fortunate to work with my talented friend Ryan on the design of my bottle, as well as Allied Glass believing in my madness! I love anything Art Deco and have a fascination with this era. I really wanted to give the bottle an antique feel. The frosted green really stands out, and I love how the gold shines in the light. The shell logo was inspired by my love of Cornish beaches and the gold leaf design has some of my key botanicals added in! The design is actually printed onto the bottle itself which really looks fantastic. 


Taste

I love London Dry Gins and just knew I had to make one!  I also wanted to use some unique botanicals and create something a little different. There are 9 botanicals in total. The 3 key ones are Orange, Gentian root and Passion Flower. I actually drank passion flower tea for years, as it is recommended for its calming benefits. The flower looks pretty cool too! It doesn't taste too floral but perhaps similar to Meadowsweet. There is definitely an earthy, rich aroma. The gin itself is fresh, vibrant and perfect with a premium tonic water!

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Cornwall

It was very important to me to have my recipe distilled in my treasured home county of Cornwall. After a meeting with Trevethan Distillery, I knew I wanted it to be made there! Not only do they have Art Deco inspired bottles with a history dating back to the 1920s, but John the distiller has so much expertise and has been fantastic at knowing how to scale up my recipe correctly. This is something that was trickier than I first thought! With the help of John and the team, it tastes wonderful. John will be using their two 300L Copper Pot Stills, called Doris and Rose. Each still will produce around 300-350 bottles each. I will be bottling and sticking the back labels and seals on myself, so you really know it is handcrafted!  

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The Gintern

Some people reading this may be following my story as Gintern for ILoveGin.com! This was a viral job advertised last year for a gin lover to visit distilleries and create gin recipes and content. I couldn't believe I actually landed my dream job at the beginning of this year. My journey has influenced my own gin massively and I am so grateful for all the support from the team and gin club members! 

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The Rewards 

Take a look at the options on the right which are available in the UK. Over 18's only!  Prices include postage and packaging, and will arrive to you before Christmas.


All the money raised will go into the production (bottles, labels, corks, distillation, duty), as well as helping me actually get the gin out to you! This is a true labour of love but I am very excited! Your support means the absolute world to me. I am doing this on a very small budget, but I am determined and just know you will enjoy my gin as much as I do!


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Thank you !

Thank you for believing in Holly's Gin! You will receive regular updates and be personally helping Holly to reach her target.

£35 or more

70 of 300 claimed

A bottle from the first batch!

You will receive one bottle from the first batch. This will be distilled at the end of November, so will be posted out before Christmas! The ideal Christmas present!

£40 or more

28 of 305 claimed

Signed by Holly

You will receive one signed bottle from the first batch, as well as a personalised thank you card from Holly.

£70 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Gin for Two

Two bottles of Holly's Gin from the first batch! One for you and one for a friend!

£80 or more

2 of 2 claimed

I Love Gin !

As well as a signed bottle from the first batch and personalised thank you card from Holly, you will receive a 3 month subscription to Ilovegin.com! This includes 2 amazing 5cl gins and 2 premium tonics for 3 months, delivered to your door!

£100 or more

6 of 9 claimed

Very Early Bottles

Holly's first bottle will sit pride of place on her shelf, however you can get your hands on bottles numbered 2 - 10. They will be signed with a personalised thank you card from Holly. These will be allocated in the order that the pledges were received.

£150 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Gin Afternoon Tea & Gin Master Class with Holly

Join Holly at Dolly's Tea Room & Gin Palace in Falmouth, Cornwall for a wonderful gin afternoon tea! This is tea for 2 (you and a guest). 
Not only will you enjoy Dolly's house gin (Holly's Gin of course) with your afternoon tea, but there will be a gin class with Holly! You will also receive a signed bottle of Holly's Gin from the first batch, with a personalised thank you card. *Date for afternoon tea will organised for early next year!*

£200 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Case of Holly's Gin (6 bottles)

A whole case of Holly's Gin (6 bottles) from the first batch! Perfect if you have a lot of Christmas presents!

£230 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Case of Holly's Gin (6 signed bottles)

A whole case of signed bottles with a personalised thank you card (6 bottles in total). Perfect if you have a lot of Christmas presents!

£300 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A ginny evening with Holly In London

Join holly for a personal gin master class in a lovely bar in London (location will be confirmed nearer the time). This is for 2 (you and a guest). Dinner and a selection of Holly’s famous gin bakes will be provided, along with some wonderful gin of course! You will also receive a signed bottle of Holly's Gin from the first batch, with a personalised thank you card.

£1,000 or more

Holly's Gin Party

The ultimate gin party! Holly will come along to a venue of your choice and host an evening with your mates! Holly's Gin and tonics will be provided, as well as some Cornish Ales. Over £500 worth of alcohol, Holly's Gin Master Class and special prizes for the best gin knowledge at the end of the night! This will be a Gincredible evening! (UK mainland only, dates to be discussed with pledgers).