The Nantwich Gin Project

by Holly Challinor in Nantwich, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 26th November 2020 we successfully raised £3,631 with 62 supporters in 33 days

This project will enable Nantwich Gin, a product created in honour of the town, to be launched before Christmas 2020.

by Holly Challinor in Nantwich, England, United Kingdom

How to pre-order your bottle of Nantwich Gin:

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What’s Our Story?

Cheshire Botanicals is a family-run craft gin distillery, inspired by and created to celebrate the historic Cheshire town of Nantwich. Driven by a genuine passion for gin in all its many forms and our strong family links to Cheshire and more specifically, Nantwich, we wanted Cheshire Botanicals to be a love letter to the town, its stories, personalities, history and culture. However, the town has also been the home of some of the leading names in science, horticulture and botany – people who were innovators of their time. With a nod to these local heroes, we are using cutting-edge science and technology to craft the finest quality gin, with a bouquet and finish that’s rooted in nature, yet elevated through innovation.

We’ve spent the last year honing our recipe, refining our techniques and perfecting our production from ingredients through to the final bottle. It took a little time but we’re so proud to share the result with you in November: our first batch of Nantwich Gin!1603464979_nantwich-gin-logo-1.png

Nantwich Gin is a London dry gin, developed in honour of one of Nantwich’s most famous sons, John Gerard, who was a botanist and Royal herbalist in Tudor times, and who wrote what became recognised as *the* book on plants in the 17th Century. Many of the botanicals included in the Nantwich Gin recipe were grown by Gerard in his garden and combine herbal notes with delicate florals and punchy juniper. Pink peppercorns bring some warmth to the finish, reminiscent of summer evenings and gardens in full bloom – to be enjoyed all year round.

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Nantwich Gin is bold, refreshing and balanced, claiming its place on the shelves of gin enthusiasts with a deliciously distinctive taste and eye-catching bottle.

At its heart, our mission at Cheshire Botanicals is to celebrate the stories of Nantwich; its people, its history; it present and its future. You will see this in our original Nantwich Gin and in future works. We are excited to share what has so far been an incredibly personal labour of love with the wider community and look forward to adding our own story to Nantwich’s proud history of innovation.

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We’re a young business, and we’re launching into a market that’s going through a tough time. However, we’re truly delighted by the local support so far for Nantwich Gin.

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How is the Gin Made?

As any amateur mixologist knows, the raw materials are just part of the equation; it’s how they are combined and transformed into the final nectar that is of paramount importance. So, when it came to selecting our still, we also looked to the future. Copper stills look beautiful but when it comes to creating gin alchemy, we turned to iStill, an advanced, connected still that allowed us to fine-tune our creation and scale it for everyone to enjoy.

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What About the Bottle? 

Our bottle and label design will be revealed very soon! Keep an eye on this campaign page and our social media channels!

The bottle for Nantwich Gin was carefully chosen to fit with the local theme and ergonomically tested by the distillers to ensure the perfect pour! The label has been designed specially by a local artist and brought to life by talented graphic designers and printers. The design features the Tudor architecture of Nantwich with hints of the signature Cheshire Botanicals cat.

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What Will the Fundraising Enable?

The funds raised during this campaign will allow Nantwich Gin to be launched in time for Christmas, helping towards production, sustainable packaging and delivery costs. Additionally, the funds will contribute towards the recipe development of further seasonal flavours, to be launched in 2021/2022!

The crowdfunding results will help us bounce back from the delay caused by the coronavirus. The pandemic has affected many small businesses, including those within the retail and hospitality sectors. Cheshire Botanicals experienced huge delays in spring/summer 2020, but we’re pushing to release Nantwich Gin product before Christmas.

Your support will help us to launch our gin: the spirit of Nantwich, bottled. Created locally, inspired by the town, made for you.

Make sure to follow our socials for updates and news!

Instagram: @cheshirebotanicals

Facebook.com/cheshirebotanicals

Twitter: @cheshbotanicals

http://cheshirebotanicals.co.uk/

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Update: 04/11/2020

Due to popular demand, we've added a £45.00 tier where supporters can pre-order their very own bottle of Nantwich Gin! This will be dispatched, along with all supporter rewards, after November 27th 2020 when Nantwich Gin is officially launched.

Want to support us? Check out the rewards to the right and treat yourself! Quickly, before Louis (pictured below) gets his paws on all the bottles...!

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*Disclaimer: Louis doesn't actually drink the gin, we promise!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£45 or more

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NANTWICH GIN: PRE-ORDER

*Tier added by popular demand!* x1 bottle of Nantwich Gin - pre-ordered just for you before the gin is released to the market on November 27th. *Please note: this reward will be dispatched AFTER November 27th when the product is launched. Your gin will be delivered to you in time for Christmas.*

£10 or more

Pledge £10!

x1 entry into our ‘January Blues’ giveaway - be in with a chance of winning a bottle of Nantwich Gin, 2 bottles of tonic and 2 engraved gin glasses! January… the Christmas decorations are down, it’s cold out and it’s dark by four… but it’s all made better by a nice G&T by the fire! Enter our ‘January Blues’ giveaway for the chance to win a bottle of Nantwich Gin, two bottles of tonic and an engraved balloon glass! Winner announced 8th Jan

£70 or more

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First Batch!

x1 Bottle of Nantwich Gin from the very first batch! Signed by the distillers and sent to you with a certificate of authenticity. x4 Cheshire Botanicals coasters.

£80 or more

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GIN SURVIVAL PACK

x1 Bottle of Nantwich Gin x2 Bottles of Fevertree Original Tonic x2 Engraved Balloon Gin Glasses x1 Limited Edition Cheshire Botanicals coronavirus mask!

£100 or more

8 of 25 claimed

Pledge £100!

x1 Bottle of Nantwich Gin from the first batch! Signed by the distillers and sent to your door with a certificate of authenticity. x4 Cheshire Botanicals coasters. x2 Cheshire Botanicals Engraved Balloon Glasses. x2 Miniature 5cl bottles of our top-secret springtime gin…!

£250 or more

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MYSTERY MERCH PACK

In it for the merch? Take a gamble and receive our Mystery Merch Pack in time for Christmas! Including x1 Bottle of Nantwich Gin from the first batch! Signed by the distillers and sent to you with a certificate of authenticity.

£500 or more

0 of 3 claimed

A YEAR'S SUPPLY OF GIN!

x12 bottles of Nantwich Gin delivered to your door to last the entirety of 2021! *Consumption rates may vary!!*

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