Langley’s Distillery was established in 1805 by William Henry Palmer and remains in the family to this day.
Located in Hertfordshire, they are renowned within the alcohol industry for producing high quality neutral spirit which becomes the base for many of our favourite gins. They also provide a range of contract distilling services and sell botanicals.
Palmers Gin is their first product release under their own name. Why now? To celebrate over 200 years of distilling.
The distillery “is built on an ancient site where three springs converge.” Incidentally, the street is named Crosswells. It is this water which plays a vital part in the distillation process.
Palmers Gin is produced on a 1000 litre copper pot still named Angela, after William Henry Palmer’s great-granddaughter. The still was crafted by John Dore & Co in 1903. The gin is a tribute to all the family history, but is dedicated in memory of Angela.
Natalie Wallis is Group Commercial Manager. She is Angela’s granddaughter and the sixth generation involved in the company. I’ve met Natalie on numerous occasions and she’s an absolute angel. Her father, Adam Wallis, is Managing Director of Langley’s. It’s fantastic to see the family continue passing their knowledge and passion down through the generations.
Palmers Gin has been developed from a 300-year-old family recipe. The botanicals are macerated overnight in English wheat spirit prior to distillation. Distillation lasts around 8 – 10 hours with the resulting gin drawn off at around 80% abv. The site’s spring water is used to bring the gin down to its bottling strength of 44%.
Juniper from Macedonia
Coriander Seed from Bulgaria
Interestingly instead of using fresh or dried grapefruit peel, the team at Langley’s use an essential oil. Sourcing consistent and high quality fresh and dried peels is incredibly tricky so using an oil is the best way of eliminating any variations.
Palmer’s gin is packaged in a distinctive square-shaped bottle. The label design reflects the art deco movement which was prevalent at the time when Angela was born.
Aromas: Bold and bright with lifted peppermint, fennel and juniper aromas. A touch of pink peppercorn with citrus sweetness underneath. Fresh grapefruit and lime alongside a hint of lavender.
Palate: Such a smooth texture. Gentle – more subtle than the nose would lead you to believe. Sweetpea and summer garden characteristics with a hint of mint. A soft warmth emerges. Quite a short finish.
With Tonic: Slightly less bold on the nose with an almost broad bean/green pea note which is unexpected, but not unpleasant. Rich orange peel and juniper in the background on the palate with a touch of violet liquorice. Gentle spiced orange and clove on the finish.
With such a positive reputation for their contract distilling, it was obvious that Langley’s would create a wonderful product when they released one themselves. I love the flavour profile and the square bottle is fun and eye-catching.