How we make it
There are 9 botanicals in each edition of Pickering’s: juniper, coriander, cardamom, angelica (cinnamon in the 1947 gin), fennel, anise, lemon, lime and cloves.
They are carefully prepared and measured. Then they’re added to the grain spirit in one of our 500 litre copper stills. These curvaceous dames are named Gert and Emily, after the founders’ maternal great-grandmothers. (Rumours that these ladies were also fat and smelt of gin are roundly refuted.)
The secret to our gin’s smoothness is the stills’ ingenious, custom-designed bain marie heating system. This means our botanicals enjoy a slow luxurious simmer, which coaxes out their subtle, soft, highly drinkable flavours
It’s unique details like this that make every bottle of Pickering’s so special. Call us old-fashioned, but at Summerhall Distillery we still do everything by hand here on site. From preparing the botanicals to dipping the bottles in wax. Have a look at this handmade video to see how it’s all done.