We opened our distillery in George’s Lane in April 2019 with a view to creating small-batch, handcrafted spirits and promoting a lesser-known and better Gibraltar.
Usually renowned for cheap booze and alcohol not to mention smuggling, we thought we would steer away from the infamy and work towards fame. We wanted something contemporary, fresh and vibrant not harking back to times gone by; battles, dates and military men and we found this in the amazing flora and fauna of Gibraltar.
Who knew? One of the rarest flowers in the world grows here on the rock. Thought to be extinct but then rediscovered in the 1990s, Campion (silene tomentosa) grows wild nowhere else in the world and therefore had to be the name of our first gin. A beautiful plant with tiny flowers and a heady scent similar to jasmine, its seeds are kept at the seed bank in Kew Gardens so that it never becomes extinct.
The seeds we use in our blend were harvested from plants grown in the Alameda Gardens and sold to us by the head gardener there at the time. Campion gin was voted one of the best gins in the world in the 2020 World Gin Awards. Unique in every sense of the word