Nelsons Gin Distillery & Gin School New Ginnovation With Nelson’s Gin As Nelson’s Gin continues to grow and create new gin flavours to excite our customers, along with attending many gin festivals across the country – we’re here to give our views on the Ginnovation that’s happening across the country. Please watch our documentary below to learn more about Nelson’s Gin and why we think gin has taken off in the way it has over the last few years.

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New and subtly sensational Nelson’s Gin has been created by one man; Neil Harrison.

In a world in which craft gins proliferate, Neil was certain that he had both the vision and the palate to create a gin that was exceptional. Having worked extensively as a chef, Neil knew that a pleasing and memorable tasting experience depends on the combination of many factors; from an inspired balance of flavours through to presentation, context and the all-too-elusive creation of ambience; the vital ingredient which owes more to alchemy than any kind of practicality. Nelson’s Gin is made in small batches, to be enjoyed by those who appreciate its life-affirming qualities. It is the only gin made on the Derbyshire and Staffordshire borders, its manufacture being a sophisticated 21st century version of a ‘cottage industry’.

Nelson’s Gin is made in a futuristic distillery on a self-contained site. Here, we employ clean energy combined with advanced technology to support the natural processes which result in a very special gin.

Why Nelson’s Gin?

For over 200 years, no ship of the Royal Navy left port without its complement of Navy Strength Gin aboard. ‘Navy Strength’ meant that the spirit contained sufficient alcohol to still combust, should it be spilt onto gunpowder. Anything weaker would simply soak the powder, rendering it useless and the ship, defenceless. Gin had to pass the ‘proof’ test. And yet, it was an altogether subtler spirit which allegedly inspired Lord Nelson, a complex and aromatic gin produced only on the island of Menorca, at one time Lord Nelson’s base where, reputedly, he spent time with Emma, Lady Hamilton.

Nelson’s Gin is named in honour of England’s greatest ever naval hero. Its flavour is also in homage to the grandfather of its inventor. An outstanding man by the name of Nelson James Harrison.

Why No.7?

Neil spent two years researching and trialling the best combinations of botanical ingredients from around the world, which were going to eventually develop into Nelson’s Gin.

Over the two years, Neil attended a local gin school 7 times making 7 batches each time before finally mastering the final secret recipe for what is now Nelson’s Gin No.7.

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