Country of Origin: England – Surrey
Distilled From: Unknown / “base spirit”
Tasting Notes: Fresh, floral and a little sweet on the nose probably due to the soft smelling flower botanicals and local honey used in its distillation, followed by a slightly spicy and savoury taste on the tongue – which is then developed into refreshing yet sweet citrus flavour on the finish.
Release Year: 2015
Owner: Silent Pool Distillery
This Gin was created by Ian McCulloch (A Former ITV Director) and drinks expert James Shelbourne. They combined their resources and passion for artisan gin and decided create their own gin brand and small-batch distillery next to a lake called Silent Pool.
The folklore behind this lake is a sad one – it was once swam in by a naked and beautiful woodcutter’s daughter, who was disturbed by an amorous Prince named John – who attempted to woo her – instead she was startled to where she swam deeper and deeper into the pool and drowned – this is not the only death thought to have happened at this lake.
Silent Pool took inspiration from Scottish artisan spirits – namely small-batch whisky and gin – whereby they often use a specially selected mix of local botanicals, base ingredients and historical processes to incorporate a lovable sense of culture & terroir. For example, we can say that true Scottish whisky evokes feelings of history, and a sense of belonging – an idea that McColloch, Shelbourne and their master distiller Cory Mason hoped to bring to their gin.
Most of the botanicals used in Silent Pool Gin are grown and sourced locally in and around Surrey, England.
Some of the botanicals are macerated in the base spirit for 24 hours prior to distillation – after which a “Gine Tea Infusion is added – The infusion is created by steeping the more floral ingredients such as Chamomile, Kaffir Lime Leaves and Elderflower in a higher proof spirit prior to filtering – steeping botanicals in this way is a gin making process popularised by Beefeater Gin.
The resulting spirit is the transferred to a 250 litre copper-pot still where it will evaporate repeatedly through a mesh basket filled with other botanicals such as Lavender, Lime, Orange & Pear – A similar process is also used by Bombay Sapphire Gin.
The creators decided to take the sustainable production route by powering their still from a vintage steam boiler called “The Major”, using only locally sourced sustainable wood. This boiler was previously used to power cranes on the Liverpool Docks and adds to the historical element of this very modern spirit.
The water blended with Silent Pool Gin is drawn directly from the Silent Pool, which is the only natural spring within a 10 mile radius of the lake.
The Bottle was designed by South East London illustrator Laura Barrett – it incorporates the aqua green colour, representing the spring water used – and shows a copper coloured design depicting each of the 24 botanicals used to create this perfected spirit.
Silent Pool Received a Gold Medal at the World Spirits Award 2016.
Botanicals: Cassia, Coriander, Cubeb, Grains of Paradise, Honey, Bosnian & Macedonian Juniper, Liquorice, Pear, Chamomile, Elderflower, Essex Kaffir Lime Leaves, Linden Flower, Rose Petal, Lavender, Lime, Orris Root.