Ellis McKeown and Liam Stemson, founders of Lancashire-based No.1 Fairham Gin, have spent the last 12 months perfecting their signature gin, which will be officially launched at the end of March.
Ellis and Liam, who share a passion for gin, made the most of the Coronavirus lockdowns to turn their gin-making dream into a reality. Commenting on the imminent launch Ellis, 26, said: “We’re huge gin fans and it’s always been on our minds to make our own. Lockdown gave us time to perfect this and has allowed us to make our move into the craft gin market.”
In developing their new gin, which is named after the location in Lancashire where the idea to produce a gin was born, Ellis and Liam wanted to create a unique London dry gin that would stand out from the crowd.
To help realise their dream, the first-time distillers approached Gerard Macluskey, who agreed to be their consultant master distiller. A renowned figure in the world of distilling, Gerard has previously worked as assistant distiller at Tanqueray Gordon, where he was involved in the development of the well-known Tanqueray No.10 Gin. He has also been the head distiller for Masons Gin distillery where he created the UK’s first ever distilled sloe gin.
Working closely with Gerard they finalised their recipe, which includes fine botanicals and exotic fruits – a theme that is carried through the gin’s branding that includes illustrative bottle design that represents the citrus-forward flavour profile of the gin.
Whilst the last 12 months have been challenging for many people, Ellis and Liam have demonstrated that every cloud does have a silver lining.
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