The first three distillations are to produce the highest possible quality of alcohol that exceeds the requirements of the EU Spirit Regulations for London Gin.
This is carried out in small batches in a traditional ‘pot still’ like the one shown here (unlike the continuous or ‘column distillation’ process used for cheaper spirits). This is so that the mix, quality, temperature and all the other variables can be carefully monitored and controlled to consistently produce the distinctive Pink 47 taste and finish.
The natural flavouring ingredients include 12 botanicals from all four corners of the world to produce the unique and complex flavour with a crisp and compelling finish. See the:
Location is important for a couple of reasons:
- One (often forgotten) is that the height of the distillery affects the character of the distillation process because the boiling points of water and alcohol are affected by altitude. Ours is only 28m above mean seal level (less than 100 feet).
- Much more important is the quality of the water. This is because after the fourth distillation the strength of the distillate will be well above 70% alchohol by volume, which is undrinkeable. So before bottling it is necessary to reduce the alchoholic strength of the spirit to 47% by the addition of water, which makes the quality of the water very important indeed!
The Pink 47 distillery takes its water from Mid Wales and the River Dee, which rises in the Snowdonia national park. It is rigourously filtered and purified in a manner that preserves its essential character and origin.