Sacred Spirits Company Ltd., Highgate, London, England, UK.
Running up to
2008, with the financial and economic down turn at that time, former
Derivatives trader turned city headhunter Ian Hart found himself at a loose end.
He tried his hand at a hand full of ideas before looking to improve wine from
poor vintages using cold distillation techniques with a vacuum still. Whilst
this method of wine improvement was successful he realized it wouldn’t
unfortunately be viable as a commercial project. So, armed with this new
equipment to “play with”, and being a keen Gin drinker, he turned to making
this spirit. After much trial and error, not to mention ample amounts of
creative ingenuity and knowledge gained from his Cambridge degree in Natural
Sciences, in 2009 he started his own micro distillery.
Joined by his life partner and co-founder Hilary Whitney, this is not your usual distillery. Operated from their residential home there are no traditional copper pot stills, instead it looks like a small chemistry lab in a family room looking over the backyard. With the garage and children’s playhouse providing storage facilities, an informal tasting group helping them agree upon their 23rd recipe (loosely based on one from 1660), Sacred Gin was launched in May 2009.