Our Story

 

Our gin

HYBRID distilled™

In a world where there is no shortage of small batch, craft distilled gins on the market, why another one? What makes us different and why should you buy our gin?

At Sandhills we are first and foremost gin lovers and gin drinkers. We wanted to create a gin to return to again and again.

It is important to us we create a gin that is fresh and light and has purity of flavour where each botanical really adds something to the overall recipe. Our HYBRID distilledTM process enables us to create something unique and special. We use a traditional copper pot to distil botanicals with heavier oils such as juniper and coriander. These botanicals need the heat of the copper pot to release their flavour and bouquet. We use a cold vacuum distillation process to preserve lighter, more delicate flavours and bouquets. We blend them to create Sandhills Gin. We call this alchemy of tradition and innovation ‘enGINeeringTM’ and the alchemy symbology is reflected on our bottle.

Sandhills Gin

We have created a gin we know makes a perfect, sophisticated G&T, needs no flavoured tonics to enhance it and is true to our location and values… a gin to return to time and time again.
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Has a pure, fresh lightness that has everything to do with our choice of botanicals and the way in which we distil

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Preserves the unique flavour of each botanical – including Yuzu, Tasmanian Pepper Berry, Black Cardamom, Douglas Fir, Orange, Honey and Lemon Balm

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Is a citrus led traditional gin – not a flavoured vodka. It needs no flavoured tonics to enhance it

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Is based on the alchemy of tradition & innovation

Sandhills:
Air – Water – Land

Our gin and our ethos is based on taking the very best that nature can provide and preserving its unique character and flavour.
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Air

We support local bee colonies by sponsoring hives in the Surrey Hills. The locally sourced Surrey Honey adds a sweet note to Sandhills Gin

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Water

We use water from our own well sunk 65m below the Surrey Hills countryside which guarantees its purity

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Land

Golden coloured gorse is indigenous to the Surrey Hills and provides a subtle taste and scent of coconut. The vivid golden yellow of the gorse flower is reflected in our bottle

Botanicals

Our ingredients

We create the heart of Sandhills Gin with juniper and coriander in a traditional copper pot to bring the authentic and traditional flavour of gin. Orris is added to this to bind the botanicals and flavours together with liquorice root, cassia bark and cinnamon.

 

To this we add the following individually cold vacuum distilled botanicals to create our unique gin:

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Gorse Flower

Locally grown and provides a light coconut note to the gin

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Yuzu peel from Asia

Brings an intensely citrusy note to both the nose and the palate of the gin

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Surrey Hills Honey

Honey from local bees builds on the slight sweetness of the finished gin

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Douglas Fir

Adds a deep green apple note and a rich pine flavour

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Tasmanian Pepper Berry

Adds a rich unique spiciness to the gin

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Black Cardamom

An ‘other worldly’ smoky spice that works really well with the Tasmanian Pepper Berry

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Lemon Balm

Adds a herbal citrus element that works well with the Yuzu and contributes to a well-rounded flavour

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Dandelion Root

Provides a sweet earthiness on the palate and helps tie the other botanicals together

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Orange peel

Marries well with the Yuzu to contribute to the citrus led nature of Sandhills Gin

Tasting notes

Sandhills has a light freshness about it, a purity that comes directly from our distillation methods: traditional copper pot still for the juniper and coriander which has heavier oils that benefit from the heat of the pot and innovative cold vacuum distillation to retain subtlety and purity of the lighter botanicals.

Nose

A Initial hit of warm peppery citrus that opens to a rich jammy sweetness with fresh pine top notes. There’s an underlying smokey herbaceous backbone that ties this aroma bouquet together.

Taste

Piney Juniper that makes way for rich sweet citrus, the herbaceous smoke makes itself known with exotic pepper that warms the senses.

Finish

A light sweet spice with herbaceous citrus.

Science & tradition

enGINeering™

The Alchemy of Tradition and Innovation.

At Sandhills we use both traditional copper pot and innovative cold vacuum distillation techniques to create a gin of unique freshness that preserves the very nature of the botanicals we use.

 

Copper Pot Distillation

This is where gin started and, with a few exceptions, where it is today. Botanicals are combined with base spirit in a big copper pot, heated and the resultant vapor condensed, cut with water and bottled as gin. This has worked for hundreds of years and is well suited to the key botanicals in gin: juniper berries and coriander seed. The heavier oils and flavour compounds in these ingredients benefit from the heat of a copper pot.

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Cold Vacuum Distillation

Lighter botanicals designed to bring more sophistication and subtle flavouring to a gin can be tainted or altered by the heat used in traditional distillation. These benefit from an innovative method of distillation that involves using a vacuum and a chiller to distil at much lower temperatures and so preserve the very nature of each botanical.

Sandhills approach

We combine both of these techniques – a copper pot is used for the botanicals that benefit from the heat but the more delicate botanicals are each distilled separately under vacuum at low temperature. This approach to enGINeeringTM enables a gin with the traditional juniper flavour and with a freshness and a purity that we believe is unique.

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Location

Provenance

Sandhills is a small hamlet located in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. In the second half of the 19th Century it became an artistic colony attracting people such as Alfred Lord Tennyson, Arthur Melville, Aldous Huxley, Flora Thompson, George Elliot, Christina Rossetti and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, making this an area well known for creativity.

Walking around Sandhills and the surrounding Surrey Hills during spring, visitors are struck by the rich golden colour and coconut scent of gorse flower covering the heath and nestled in the woodland. Here the heather and gorse are visited by hundreds of busy bees until the late summer. In creating our Sandhills Gin we wanted to retain purity and provenance: a gin that reflects its location but is not constrained by it.

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Local Honey

We support local bee colonies by sponsoring hives in the Surrey Hills. The locally sourced Surrey Honey adds a sweet note to Sandhills Gin

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Water

We use water from our own well sunk 65m below the Surrey Hills countryside which guarantees its purity

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Gorse Flower

Golden coloured gorse is indigenous to the Surrey Hills and provides a subtle taste and scent of coconut. The vivid golden yellow of the gorse flower is reflected in our bottle

Our gin inspiration

The idea for a sophisticated craft gin came when Tom was on a business trip in Hong Kong. He visited the Ori-Gin bar on Wyndham Street and was blown away by their gin menu.

 
 

It was at Ori-Gin that Tom first tried re-distilled gin where a base gin is re-distilled with two or three botanicals to create something new. It was this idea of re-distilling that started Tom experimenting (with long time gin friend Brian) when he got back home. Tom and Brian’s distilling experimenting took on a life of its own and became all consuming. These experiments taught Tom and Brian that gin flavouring and distilling in general is a very subtle thing and it got us thinking about what we felt made up the perfect gin. We loved the traditional juniper forward gins but recognised that there were only one or two gins that we would return to time and time again. It was freshness and citrus that we preferred along with the juniper and coriander. For us it was these flavours, along with a hint of spice, that contributed to the perfect gin. It was this quest for our perfect gin from which Sandhills Gin developed. We experimented with lots of different botanicals but at every stage were keen to keep true to a juniper led, fresh and citrusy gin with a hint of spice.