Stovell’s Gin is an independent, handmade gin; developed, distilled, blended and bottled at Stovell’s, Chobham by award winning chef Fernando Stovell; mixologist, Geyan Surendran; and restaurant manager, Cameron Bownes.
For Stovell’s Gin the process starts with sourcing both the purest, soil association certified, organic spirit, and our wild botanicals.
We visually inspect the botanicals, and remove any that don’t make the grade (these are composted). Any fresh botanicals are gently dried using a flow of moving warm-air, so that we can maintain our ‘house style’ even when certain botanicals are out of season.
The juniper berries are cracked by hand, and certain woody botanicals/ tough seeds are milled using a burr grinder, so as not to heat them up whilst turning them into a coarse powder.
Some botanicals such as the fennel and angelica seeds are lightly toasted; that said, some botanicals, are left in their natural state.
After the initial preparation of the botanicals, We separate them into different flavour families, and steep these in our spirit (diluted down to 50% ABV at this stage) for varying amounts of time.
We coarsely strain the resulting infusions, and then it’s on to creating our intensely flavoured distillates using a rotary evaporator.
All of Stovell’s Gin’s plant botanicals are responsibly and sustainably wildcrafted.
They’re also Fairtrade, and inherently fertiliser, pesticide and GMO free. We aim to use plants from within the United Kingdom, wherever it is ethically possible to do so.
This means that we have chosen to source our wild Juniper berries from Croatia, due to the severely dwindling numbers of Juniper bushes across the British Isles.
Thankfully, the comparatively sunny climes of the Balkans, and abundance of Juniper bushes provides us with ample beautifully fragrant Juniper berries – perfect for gin. Meanwhile, native juniper bushes, with the help from conservation organisations, are repopulating!
None of our botanicals, have been cultivated.
Unlike most gins, Stovell’s Gin features no citrus, no coriander and no orris root…
We’re happy to say that our menagerie of wild seeds, fruits, herbs and spices makes for a pleasantly different gin!