Blackdown

West Sussex, west sussex England

Sarah Thompson, her husband Nathan and a partner purchased Lurgashall Winery in West Sussex in 2012. The winery is located at the foothills of Blackdown Hills, and they soon realised the potential to use local ingredients like silver birch sap and wormwood to make small batch spirits. We first heard about Blackdown from one of our sales people and were immediately won over when we tasted the Gin and Vermouth. We were not the only ones that liked the Gin, as Blackdown won Gold in 'The Spirit Business Gin Masters' in 2013, 2014 and 2015, quite an impressive feat for the new kid on the block.

With martinis on our mind, we also looked at Blackdown's Vermouth. The Vermouth is not only the first English white Vermouth but it is also made from fermenting the sap of silver birches, adding sweetness to the delicate aromas from a secret blend of herbs and spices, including wormwood and chamomile. The wine is then fortified with Sussex Dry Gin to reach 14.7% ABV. The addition of Blackdown's Sussex Vodka, the first vodka to be produced in Sussex, further strengthens our spirit portfolio and demonstrates the diverse offering of our English producers. It also uses silver birch adding just a touch of roundness to the pure flavour of the spirit.

 

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