1870s Bristol Gin
Smeaton’s recreates a hand-written 1870s recipe discovered in the
historic Bristol Archives on Smeaton Road.
Crafted according to the original
Bristol Method, fresh botanicals
are individually distilled in
traditional copper pots
according to their season.
This single-minded approach to
distillation captures the pure essence
of each botanical, from Tuscan Juniper
to hand-cut Valencia Orange.
SMALL BATCH CRAFT
Rested for three months before
release, Smeaton’s is a dry gin of
complexity and length.
THE BRISTOL METHOD
The Master Distiller respects the original Bristol Method of bespoke distillation – varying the maceration, temperature and cuts for each small batch distillation of each individual botanical.
They still hand-cut each Valencia Late Orange to ensure that only fresh fruit reaches the copper pot stills.
This single-minded dedication allows the berries to express their bright flavours and delicate oils, preserves clean citrus aromas while avoiding cooked notes, and allows the barks and roots to offer up their rich flavours.
Only the Finest Botanicals will do…..
Tuscany & macedonia.
The finest juniper is prized for its notes of pine, heather and lavender. Tired berries lose their aromas, so it’s important to distil in season.
The perfect complement to juniper with fragrant flavours spanning citrus to spice.
Fresh Valencia Late oranges are individually halved by hand to ensure only fresh fruit reaches the still.
Mixing thick and thin whole bark (never ground) provides complexity. The thick bark is powerful and warming, while the thinner bark provides a floral, menthol note.
Highly valued in perfume, the root provides earthy notes and contributes to the gin’s length and complexity.
Notoriously varied from batch to batch, we blend batches to achieve consistency with wonderful mouthfeel.
Rare in gins,though much admired in Italian bitters, calamus is complex with early nutmeg preceding ginger.
Contributes complex citrus and pine with base notes that bind the other botancials.
Whats the best serve?
There is something about a Martini, Ere the dining and dancing begin, And to tell you the truth, It is not the vermouth – I think that perhaps it’s the gin. from “A Drink With Something In It” by Ogden Nash
40ml Smeaton’s Gin
20ml French Vermouth
Dash of Orange Bitters