aA List of Welsh Brands That Craft Their Own Gin
Craft gin simply means a spirit that’s produced in small quantities with a typical distillation size of a few hundred bottles. Sticking your label on somebody else’s gin certainly isn’t welsh craft gin, and they won’t be appearing on here. The businesses in this welsh craft gin guide produce, bottle, and brand their own creations. They sell them at farmer’s markets, to niche wholesalers or through their own ecommerce shops. They do the marketing, accounts, distilling, selling, cleaning and often rely heavily on very little man power.
Established in a suburban area of Cardiff (‘Treganna’ is the welsh word for Canton), Treganna Gin is distilled and bottled by Mark Flanagan. Distilled in an 80 litre copper alembic still, they only produce about 100 bottles a batch. They sell through their website, shops and in the Riverside Market every Sunday. They recently launched gin they sell is the delicious Blood Orange & Rosemary flavour, made with blood oranges from the foothills of Mount Etna in Sicily.
This gin was launched in 2019 by two lifelong friends Emyr and Arwyn, and the distillery is situated on Arwyn’s farm on the island of Anglesey. They produce using their 300 litre gin distiller. You can find their gin in many delis and shops, and they also sell online. They recently won a gin award judged best in the UK. A magnificent achievement.
This award winning distillery is run by husband and wife Andrew and Sian. Andrew made a career swerve from management consultancy to managing the perfect botanical profile. They distill using a 200l copper pot called Arianwen. They offer an impressive 6 varieties of gin – Gwydd, Pinwydd, Rhosili, Bara Brith, Nerth y Ddraig and Rhamanta. Branded with their distinctive horizontal coloured stripes, you won’t miss these on the shelf.
DÁ MHÍLE (ORGANICALLY CRAFTED WELSH GIN
Located in Llandysul, this wonderful distillery has an emphasis on organic and sustainability. Their distiller is powered by burning timber which is grown on their land. When they cut down a tree, they plant another in its place, creating a carbon neutral power source. They sell a variety of products on their website, including seaweed gin and scotch whiskey.
Cygnet is a micro distillery in Swansea, and similar to Treganna Gin they have their own adorable creature displayed on the bottle. They craft their gin in a 300 litre Arnold Holstein copper distiller, and offer guided tours of their facility.