Ben Schulze himself spoke to us about the history and brewing process of Sheffield Dry Gin: “The first gin to be distilled in Sheffield for over 100 years, distilled right in the city center. With the distillers being from a bartending background, it was imperative that Sheffield Dry Gin be versatile, complimenting a wide variety of tonics while standing up to any cocktail (we think it holds its own in a gin martini – wet or dry).”
“This led the distillers to use an unusual – but justified – range of botanicals; traditional gin botanicals include Juniper berries, coriander seed, angelica root and cassia bark making the spirit instantly recognizable as a dry gin, giving off resin-y pine and citrus. On top of these we add fennel, cardamom and gentian root – this gives Sheffield Dry Gin its herbaceous, dry and woody character. To add balance and brightness, a small amount of fresh grapefruit peel is added. Finally, a touch of Sheffield honey and a dash of Hendersons Relish are included, bringing more complexity to this unique spirit. Try with a slice of orange in your gin & tonic, the juicy citrus compliments the dry, woody notes exceptionally well.”
Ben also gave us the scoop on the rise of proper Yorkshire gins: “Did you know, outside of London, Yorkshire consumes the most gin in the U.K.? It’s no surprise that such an abundance of top-tier Yorkshire distilleries have emerged out of the furore that we often reference as the ‘Gin Renaissance’. While we can’t say for sure that the best gin comes out of Yorkshire (it does… Sheffield Dry Gin) what we can say is, God’s own country clearly has something special when considering the discerning taste buds of its passionate revellers.”
Finally, Ben told us his best way to enjoy a G&T in Yorkshire: “Get down to the Devonshire on Division Street in Sheffield and work your way through the 200+ gins, and don’t forget to order a Sheffield Dry Gin martini, wet or dry.”
ADDINGHAM FRUIT LIQUEURS
Addingham Fruit Liqueurs is a small family-run business on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Addingham Fruit Liqueurs produces not only gin but also vodka and is made using primarily locally sourced or picked natural ingredients.