Meeting the Makers as they Meet Each Other
Through a shared love of fine spirits, it’s no surprise that John and Nicola actually met in a cocktail bar. Instantly connected by their shared interests, the couple soon knew that they had a future together, but that future wasn’t always set on gin distilling.
From Furniture to Gin…
The couple were first interested in going into the furniture business. John’s love of making cabinets paired with Nicola’s nack for business seemed like a good route for the couple to go down. But after a distilling course in Holland, the business-savvy pair soon found themselves swept up in the world of gin. Armed with their first state of the art Still, knowledge gleaned from their course and a whole heap of passion, the pair quickly began pursuing their gin distilling dreams!
The Making of Exmoor Distillery: Living Local
After sharing their joint passion for fine spirits, travel and the countryside, John and Nicola soon wanted to escape the rat race and settle down. So, where better than in the gorgeous rural community of Exmoor? They loved Dulverton in Exmoor from their travels there, and the beauty of the surrounding moorland and woodlands played a huge role in the branding of their gin. The name ‘Northmoor’ comes from ‘Northmoor Road’ in Dulverton, where the couple lives. Not only this, but the distinct stag with glorious horns painted across the bottle is a nod to the infamous red stag, a deer whose presence on Exmoor dates back to pre-historic times!
“Our mix is a carefully guarded secret but Northmoor Classic, made with Exmoor water from a nearby borehole contains ten botanicals including coriander, angelica root, rowan berries, grains of paradise and kaffir lime leaves” – John, Head Distiller
Producing Northmoor Gin
As most businesses owners know, Rome really wasn’t built in a day. But the hard work and determination that both John and Nicola were willing to pour (excuse the pun) into creating their gin was unparalleled. John, who terms the process of gin distilling as “very much like chemistry, balancing the ingredients off of one another”, experimented with no less than 45 variations of what is now well known as Northmoor Gin. They began doing blind tastings, letting family and friends try out their combinations until they eventually landed on the perfect blend of botanicals!
The Result of Their Efforts…
Two unique, well-balanced and beautifully refined gins (and a third on the way to be launched very soon). Crisp, mellow and highly popular, both Northmoor Classic and Northmoor Navy Strength Gin have been a hit with a loyal local and national customer base!