September: Gin Of The Month – Carpenter’s Gin

Finding out that there is a gin being made just 10 minutes from you is a very rare, yet exciting moment. Like waking up thinking it’s Monday…but it’s actually Sunday.

This is what happened a few months ago when we came across Carpenter’s Gin. Ed Rogers – creator of this fine tipple, invited us down to Suffolk Food Hall – where the magic happens.

A full time Carpenter (hence the name!) Ed works hard in his spare time to produce his creation. With some staple botanicals such as orris, angelic and citrus peel, the real beauty in our opinion of this wonderful Gin, is the addition of Oak chips – giving it a lovely sweetness. Working well is a large G&T – we couldn’t resist trying Ed’s recommendation either…see below!

Carpenter’s Gin: Suffolk’s Best Kept Secret
In true Gin of the Month style – we asked our usual questions…

Describe your Gin in three words 

ER:  “Historic, balanced, sip-able.”

 How should Carpenter’s Gin best be enjoyed?

ER: “This one is pretty hard to answer. It’s kind of like asking which one of your brothers you like best……

But if i had to pick one, I would say a classic Dry Martini. 2 parts Gin, 1 part Dolin Dry Vermouth.

Stirred over ice, served in a chilled glass with a lemon peel twist.”

What’s next, and what are your plans for the rest of the year?

ER: “I would love to be able to make gin full time. At the moment, I am working as a joiner (specializing in veneers) in Suffolk and I make Gin in my time off.

If I was able to be a full time distiller I would ramp up production and promote it throughout East Anglia.

I would also make and bottle more products. This would include fruit flavoured Gins such as Sloe and Damson, as well as a liqueur. I have also been planning a more modern Gin that describes my home county of Suffolk, using botanical’s that can be found in local woodland. This is still in the planning stage.”

With limited availability at the moment – watch this space on this one – take it from us – this is a quality little number – packed with flavour and is incredibly versatile for cocktails.



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