The AGA Gin competition winners 2015!!

You know Christmas is on its way when gin enthusiasts arrive from far and wide for the Annual Gin Appreciation (AGA) competition. This year’s Judge was Alex the Gin curator for Opihr Gin (remember his Tuk,Tuk!!??) but also Gin ambassador for Thomas Deakin Gin the newly founded Manchester Gin.

Alex judged the competition with Jess our manager in close proximity.

The ‘Peoples’ Champions, chosen by the competitors themselves, were Phil and Sarah Probin and the runner up was Chrissie Crossley!!

The Judges Champion as chosen by Alex was Chrissie Crossley, second was Andy Latham and third was Richard Goodwin. The winners got a bottle or tow of Thomas Deakin Gin.

Well done to all the amateur fruit gin makers and thank you for taking part.

Well done to the placed finalists and the winners of course.

Start making that gin ready for next year!

Annual Gin Appreciation 2014

The AGA was held last week and well attended by budding distillers of sloe and damson gins. Annually our guests come together with their home made gins to try and be the pride of Cholmondeley!!

20 gin lovers and makers took part and the evening was judged by David from Langley’s Gentleman’s Gin. He thoroughly enjoyed the efforts of the contestants and needed a taxi home afterwards. David presented the Chairman’s Champion 2014 to Roger Keys (our very own coffee supplier) and runner up went to another Roger this time Roger Haydock.

The Peoples Champion was chosen by everyone who take part as they sipped their way through 20 glorious mixtures! The People chose Kate Smith as Champion and Philippa Heler as runner up 2014.

Big congratulations to all who took part and of course the winners!

The main picture shows David of Langley’s holding the board with Kate and Philippa and Roger and Roger.

If you are a keen Fruit Gin maker then get ready for the AGA Cup next December 2015. Click on image below to view gallery.

Tim celebrates 210th gin for Cholmondeley!!!

171On a beautiful day at sea just off the coast of Donegal, Tim collected the Cholmondeley Arms 210th Gin and sailed to the aptly named Juniper Island situated just off the coast of Northern Donegal in the Irish Republic to celebrate the Dingle Gin! At present there are only two gins made in Ireland and one of these is the hand-crafted, artisan Dingle Original Gin. It is the product of a considerable amount of research, both technical and historical, and experimentation. The aim was to create a totally new gin, one which worked within the great tradition of gin distilling but which also came with a degree of innovation.

Dingle Original Gin is made in small batches of 500 litres. In terms of its broad style, this is what is categorised as a London dry gin but the unique character and flavour come from the painstaking and original choice of botanicals.

This secret combination of flavour elements are macerated in spirit for 24 hours. Then, when the spirit is distilled, it passes through a flavour basket in the neck of the still. This underlines the attention to detail that is an essential part of our whole approach to the art of distillation.

The Dingle people are not prepared to reveal their recipe but are happy to give some idea of what is involved in creating the unique flavour profile of Dingle Original Gin.. They use, amongst other botanicals, rowan berry from the mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather for a taste of the Kerry landscape. It’s a formula unknown elsewhere and is calculated, amongst other things, to create some sense of place and provenance, what winemakers might call the gout de terroir.. The spirit is collected at 70% abv and then cut to 40% abv using the purest of water which we draw from our own well, 240 feet below the distillery.

Peter Mosley sums up DOG’s unique character in a few words: “The uniquely Irish botanicals give a fabulously fresh, floral character that perfectly balances the traditional juniper. But, to be honest, you really have to taste it for yourself.”

Tim and his friends enjoyed the Dingle Gin on Juniper Island and he is now bringing back a couple of bottles for the customers of Cholmondeley to enjoy. He also has a bottle of Cork Gin too…

So with a lot of exciting gin arriving from 1st September 2014 come to Cholmondeley and let the team entertain you.