WHAT IS IT?
The story of Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin begins with the vodka, made using potatoes grown, fermented, distilled and bottled on the family farm deep in middle England. Juniper buds and berries are infused to ensure that they distil the driest gin possible, followed by 10 fine botanicals including; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, almond, coriander, cardamom, cloves, liquorice and lemon.
On the nose, you'll get dry juniper with zesty citrus with some warm, spicy notes. Juniper, dark chocolate and citrus zest are upfront on the palate, followed by notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
Alcoholic strength: 40% ABV
WHO'S BEHIND IT?
The Chase family have been in potato farming for generations and before turning to making vodka (and gin), William Chase was in fact the brains (and driving force) behind the hugely successful brand of potato crisps called Tyrrells. It was when in the US researching packaging methods, that he stumbled on a distillery producing potato vodka After some years of further research (and lots of tinkering), it wasn't until April Fool's Day that the first batch of vodka for release was distilled in June 2008 with the bespoke copper batch pot still commissioned by Will from a family firm. Today all bottles are stillfilled and sealed by hand.
Today, Will remains heavily involved in the operations of the farm and distillery but sons Harry and James have been roped in to make this a real family business - Harry oversees the farming side of things whilst James oversees all the "meet and greet" at the farm as well as travelling the world spreading the goodness of Chase.
At the Chase Distillery, 16 tonnes of potatoes makes only 1000 litres of alcohol!
The rectification column of the copper pot still at Chase is the tallest of its kind in the world and at more than 70ft, rises through the roof of the barn in which it is located!