The Hepple estate is a sort of Gin Eden. It lies in the wild and remote Northumberland National Park, home to four of the UK's cleanest rivers, its darkest skies and some of its wooliest, most charming people. Water of great purity rises from deep within the sandstone hills that surround the distillery. As well as providing the water, these springs sustain a tremendous variety of aromatic plants. Including the ancient juniper from which they pick the young green berries so unique to Hepple Gin, but also the stands of Sweet Gale (or Bog Myrtle) by the burns, the Douglas Fir in the woods and the lovage and blackcurrant in the Hepple garden.
But more than any one ingredient, these hills provide the spirit we spend so much time trying to capture, so crisp and clean and real it crackles in the air. As soon as the car door clanks shut after a long drive to the distillery, you feel it. If this spirit has a word, it is invigorating. And if that word has a Gin, we've got a hunch it's Hepple.
DOUGLAS FIR VODKA
A limited edition vodka from the Moorland Spirit Co., the same folks behind Hepple Gin. Douglas Fir Vodka makes use of the needles of the Douglas fir tree, which handily grows on the grounds of the Hepple Estate in Northumberland, which is also where the distillation takes place. The needles are harvested, dried and prepared before they are triple distilled with the vodka.