Making York Gin
To make York Gin, we use the traditional, centuries-old method of vapour infusion in a copper still.
Pure alcohol (made from Yorkshire grain) is heated in a copper still (essentially a very large kettle) to become a vapour. This vapour passes through a large basket of carefully chosen botanicals (herbs and spices which must, by law, include juniper berries). During the process, the alcohol takes on their flavours.
This almost pure alcohol then condenses into liquid form again - a very, very strong gin!
We then move on to the dilution stage, using the purest, filtered Yorkshire water and only the 'hearts' (the highest quality liquid from the vapour infusion process).
These 'hearts' are mixed with the Yorkshire water until the gin is the required strength. (42.5% for all but Outlaw which is a rather stronger 57%!)
While our traditional, labour-intensive and exacting techniques mean a higher price, they are justified by the superior quality and consistency of our gins. We've earned our Distillery of the Year 2021 title.
In addition, the York Gin distillery is run on sustainable principles, using 100% green energy to power the still.
Ingredients: faithful to tradition, world’s best, local where possible
The York Gin mission has always been to create gin that embodies the centuries of English gin-making traditions: ‘History in the Tasting’. So, we use botanicals available during the first ‘Gin Craze’ of the 18th Century.
And we use only the very best botanicals in the world: juniper berries from Macedonia, peppercorns from Sri Lanka, grains of paradise from Ghana …
One of our founding principles was to buy local wherever possible. So, the pure alcohol we use comes from grain grown on Yorkshire farms and is distilled in Yorkshire. Our Old Tom’s sugar syrup contains Yorkshire herbs and the famous Yorkshire Rose created by the Michelin-starred Star Inn, Harome.
By law, gin must contain juniper and this must be the predominant flavour. Beyond that rule, gin makers can add a weird and wonderful range of herbs and spices (botanicals) and fruits to their recipes.
York Gin London Dry and York Gin Outlaw contain the following botanicals:
Juniper, Coriander, Cinnamon, Orris root, Angelica, Cardamom, Black pepper, Lemon peel and Grains of paradise.
York Gin Old Tom has the following extra ingredients in its sugar syrup: White Alba Rose (the White Rose of Yorkshire), Bronze Fennel, Star Anise.
York Gin Roman Fruit uses a fruit tea infusion, including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples and hibiscus.
York Gin Grey Lady has the addition of extra lemon and orange peel plus Earl Grey tea and blue pea flower.
Finally, York Gin Chocolate & Orange includes fresh oranges and cocoa nibs.
The York Gin Range
York Gin London Dry
Nine botanicals used by English gin makers for over 300 years come together to form a complex and satisfying classic. York Gin London Dry is all about the perfect balancing of flavours - a smooth, rounded go-to gin that defies fashions and fads. York Gin London Dry is vapour infused in a traditional copper still to ensure absolute consistency of taste.
York Gin Roman Fruit
A juniper-led dry gin with no added sugar, infused with fruits and flowers associated with Ancient Rome - including strawberries, raspberries, apples and hibiscus. The infusion is a Yorkshire-made tea that sits in our London Dry for over two weeks to ensure a rich hue and complex flavour.
York Gin Outlaw Navy Strength
York Gin Outlaw, a Navy Strength 57% gin, pushes the boundaries, as did the city's villains, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and Mary Bateman. Stronger flavours; higher alcohol - enjoy York Gin Outlaw with care, tonic & ice. The incredibly smooth finish to this over-proof gin led to it winning Best English Navy at the World Gin Awards 2021.
York Gin Old Tom
York Gin Old Tom is a Victorian-style dry gin, very slightly sweetened with a herb-infused sugar syrup made in the kitchen of the Michelin-starred Star Inn, Harome. A multiple gold-winning gin, including Best English Old Tom Gin at the World Gin Awards 2020 and 2021.
York Gin Grey Lady
One of York’s most famous ghosts is the Theatre Royal's Grey Lady.. York Gin Grey Lady has extra botanicals of Earl Grey tea, extra oranges and lemons and pea flower to create its haunting blue-grey colour. The Daily Telegraph calls it ‘a masterpiece’.
York Gin Chocolate & Orange
This gin is inspired by the Terry’s Chocolate Orange, invented in York in 1932 and made in the city until 2005. Using the finest dried cocoa beans and freshest oranges, this gin isn’t sweetened, but has rich chocolate notes - and zesty orange twist.