The story of the Chase Distillery begins with an award winning crisp company, then potato based vodka “ then apple vodka, then gin.
By the early 2000's the Chase family had built themselves a reputation as farmers of quality by selling produce from their Herefordshire farms. However, with no real relationship with the end consumer and having farmed potatoes for 20 years (mainly supplying supermarkets as a commodity), William Chase started to feel detached. In 2002 he decided to travel around the world to source equipment and recipes to make potato chips and by the summer, Tyrrell's Crisps� was born.
It was only in 2004, whilst travelling in the USA looking for packaging equipment for the chips, that the idea of creating vodka come into his mind. It then took Chase 4 years to make his first batch of vodka. To make it happen, he converted a barn into a distillery and battled with HMRC to acquire a license on a small still. In 2006/7 it was still impossible to own a smaller still that was less than 2300 Litres in capacity as the antiquated British licensing laws had yet to be changed. Thankfully, they have now, but Chase did not wait and in June 2007 installed a large still capable of producing his spirit “ then intended to be named as Tyrrell's Vodka.
After creating their potato based vodka, William and the team turned their attention to producing a gin from it. Unfortunately, the potatoes used to create their base spirit had left a distinct character, which didn't pair up well with the botanicals the team wanted to go into William's Gin. They wanted to make a lighter, yet still crisp gin, and test after test it just didn't provide the right flavour profile. It's not that potatoes can't make a good base for a gin “ GB Gin, Single Estate Gin and Seville Orange Gin by Chase Distillery all show that this is possible (we will review these separately in due course) “ it's just that it didn't match with what they wanted to create at the time.
Inspired by decidedly British flavours. Hand picked fresh from Herefordshire hedgerows, sloe berries are marinated into their bespoke gin blend, with a selection of botanicals that draw out the rich fruit flavour. Finally they add tart, succulent mulberries “ a unique and rare taste - and age in oak cask for a year before bottling.
Juicy berries and peppery oak. A lingering herbaceous note.