When a painstaking 100 hours fermentation is complete, our trained stillhouse team take over and the new wash is introduced to our glorious steam-heated 500-litre copper still, Rose.The first gentle wash run concentrates the spirit into Low Wines at approx. 30ABV (alcohol by volume). Rose has a new 2500 litre big sister to share the load in a newly erected custom-designed washhouse with adjoining barrel maturation building, that is helping expand capacity and a growing range of products.
For English whisky, Rose uses a technique with nods to Scotch whisky production, but also incorporating our own painstakingly researched process refinements. Wash runs are followed by a full spirit run in which only the most perfect heart cuts are extracted and patiently conditioning for barreling in first-fill American oak bourbon barrels and others select casks sourced worldwide.
For gins, the spirit is distilled with up to 17 impeccably sourced botanicals, macerated overnight in Rose’s kettle. Most craft gins are actually made entirely from industrially produced grain neutral spirit, but our base spirit is hand-made here in Lancaster using premium grade grains. The same care has been taken over selection of our botanicals and the result is a gin that no tonic can overwhelm.
Our English grain vodka uses wheat and rye with a total of THREE distillation through the 20 rectification plates on Rose’s imposing reflux column to produce a wonderful clear, pure spirit. Our vodka is a tongue-coating smooth liquor with just a nuance of wild grass and pepper on the finish. The perfect Martini vodka.