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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
*UPDATE* I have now added two new rewards for my gin to be sent to European countries! The shipping cost has been added to the gin price. There are two options - £46 for one bottle or £81 for two! If you would like two bottles, make sure you pay through the 'Gin for 2 in Europe' reward! It works out cheaper to buy two because I can ship for the same price.
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!