The boom in micro-distilling received a further boost in the Kent Weald last week, with the launch of a new London Dry Gin with a difference.
Greensand Ridge Distillery, which – as its name suggests – is located under Sevenoaks’ wooded Greensand Ridge in Shipbourne, is the brainchild of Sevenoaks-born entrepreneur Will Edge.
He established the company last year with the overarching aim of creating a range of spirits which are sustainable.
The firm ferments and distils quality fruit which has been rejected by the supermarkets.
It is then mixed with local botanicals, such as cobnuts, gorse flowers and oak moss – all of which grow within a mile of the distillery.
The distillation process is powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity and with a zero target for chemical use and non-recyclable waste.
After working in a range of jobs in IT, marketing and finance, Mr Edge undertook a Master’s Degree in Brewing & Distilling.
He then returned to Kent and turned his love of spirits and craft cider-making into a livelihood.
Speaking at the launch of his new gin range, Mr Edge said: “After so many years of practising my craft on a small scale, it’s an emotional day for me when I can bring these ideas to drinks enthusiasts in premium, locally inspired products, and do so in a sustainable way.”
The distillery will run a Gin Experience, where visitors can create their own bottle to take away.