January 30th, 2018
If you think of a lovely, ice cold Gin and Tonic, the fact that the gin might have been made right here in our beautiful little country doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But, thanks to a growing trend for gin and gin-based cocktails, and a growing band of niche and local gin producers across the country, Wales’ gin makers are reporting huge increases in sales in recent months.
In 2014 there were just 6 gin distilleries in Wales, but today that figure has almost trebled and is now at 17. Penderyn Distillery in the Brecon Beacons is renowned for it’s whisky production, however the small distillery also now produces Brecon Gin, sales of which have more than doubled in 2017.
Gin has certainly seen a return to fashion in terms of trendy drinks. A few years ago there was only the choice of one or two of the mainstream, mass produced brands of gin. These days, independent distilleries have taken this humble spirit and added their own flavours and twists, and this seems to have caught the public’s imagination in a big way.
So next time you’re at the Oakeley bar, or any bar in Wales, why not look out for a locally produced Welsh Gin? Here are a few to look out for:
- Da Mhile Distillery, Ceredigion, Mid Wales
- Dyfi Distillery, Machynlleth
- Penderyn Gin, Brecon Beacons
- Foragers Gin, Snowdonia
- North Star Distillery, Snowdonia
- Dinorwig Distillery, Dinorwic, North Wales
- Aber Falls Distillery, Abergwyngregyn, North Wales
- Eccentric Gin, Llantrisant