Sussex Distillers

Foxhole Distillers Ltd
Bolney Wine Estate
Foxhole Lane
Bolney
West Sussex
RH17 5NB
01444 220529

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"Velvet-textured with floral coriander and orris flavours, balanced with grapefruit and lemon zests. Perfected with a long finish of subtle bitter orange notes...."

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The Distillery: A blend of skills, experience and artistry as rare as the Gin itself….

Technically, you can make gin in about 48 hours. Which makes you wonder why we need 8,760 – or an entire year - to make a batch of Foxhole Gin. The answer is that most gins are made using grain spirit alone. Ours, on the other hand, includes grape spirit. So we have to factor in a full grape-growing season, harvest and first pressing for winemaking, before we can even start. Then we have to make our own English wine, which doesn’t happen overnight, either.

It takes two days to distil the wine into grape spirit; another two days to blend it with neutral spirit and carefully selected botanicals. Then it’s back to the still for a second time, and the real magic happens.

But because no two grape vintages are the same, our raw material changes from year to year, too. So we work with our distillers to achieve the perfect flavour balance and ensure consistent quality. The result is a smooth, aromatic gin whose flavours subtly change with each new harvest. To be honest, we couldn’t make it any quicker, even if we wanted to. We think you’ll agree it’s definitely worth taking time over.

 

The Distillery….

Location: Albury, Surrey, United Kingdom
Still type: Hand built copper pot
Still material: Copper and Stainless Steel
Still Capacity: 350 Litres
Heat Source: Wood fired steam boiler

 

Foxhole Gin Botanicals

  • English Grape Spirit
  • Juniper
  • Coriander
  • Angelica Seed
  • Orris Root
  • Liquorice Root
  • Bitter Orange
  • Fresh Lemon Zest
  • Fresh Grapefruit Zest

 

The Bottle….

Without wine, there would be no Foxhole Gin. And we could think of no better homage to the winemaker’s art than to present our product in a Burgundy-style wine bottle. The glass is perfectly clear like the Foxhole Gin itself, and sealed with a glass closure under a copper foil seal.

 

The Design….

We developed the Foxhole Gin brand in collaboration with brand design agency Warren Creative who share our love of traditional craftsmanship, and finding clever, elegant answers to questions others don’t even think to ask.

Each bottle has its labels and foil seal applied by hand; the inside of the back label is decorated with a pattern of vine leaves, reflecting the gin’s oenological connections. Our bold, bushy-tailed fox logo appears in all his copper-foiled glory on the front label, and in subtly embossed form on the top of the foil seal.

 

The Name….

We went through numerous iterations before arriving at Foxhole Gin. Had to be done, because it had to be right. We drew inspiration from the Foxhole Vineyards, where the grapes we use to make the gin are grown; which itself takes its name from the narrow, winding Foxhole Lane that leads to them. Sometimes, the correct solution is right there in front of you all along. Rather like Foxhole Gin itself.

Note: Mr James Oag-Cooper is the Managing Director. 

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