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Hayman Distillers

The Hayman Distillers story began in 1863, when a curious pharmacist bought a gin rectifying business in Cale Street, Chelsea.

The coveted family English Gin recipes that he created have been passed down from generation to generation.

Five generations of English Gin makers later, Hayman Distillers is run by Christopher Hayman and his children James and Miranda, who are proud to be making English Gin to the original family recipe from 1863.

Hayman’s Gin is a range of five different gin styles, which follow the history and evolution of English Gin over the last 150 years.

Established:1863
Address:Hayman Distillers,
8a Weir Road,
Balham,
London
SW12 0GT
Telephone:01376 517517
Website:https://www.haymansgin.com

Hayman Distillers Brands:

Hayman’s Gently Rested Gin

Hayman's Gently rested gin is wonderfully smooth, rounded and well-balanced, with peppery and spicy notes from the dominant botanicals, juniper and coriander, adding to its full-flavoured individuality. Made to reflect the style sold in London’s ornate Gin Palaces in the 1800s, there’s a nod to the tradition that gin was sold from the cask rather than the bottle. Which they achieve by resting the gin in old Scotch Whisky barrels for just three weeks. Such short contact with wood really lifts the botanical flavours of enticing peppery spice.

Hayman’s Royal Dock Gin

First supplied to the English Admiralty in the late 19th Century, Hayman's still make their Navy Strength Royal Dock Gin by hand in London to this day. The style is bright and bracing but not at all overpowering with a brilliant balance of juniper, coriander and citrus and a softly nuanced mouthfeel. Bottled at a traditional Navy Strength of 57% ABV, this hearty style is suited perfectly to mixing a classic Pink Gin. Also wonderful in a traditional True English Gimlet, originally mixed by combining the sailors’ daily tot of gin with the lime ration provided to fight off scurvy.

Hayman’s London Dry Gin

Unlike other London Dry Gins available today, Haymans is a true English London Dry Gin is distilled to a 150 year old family recipe using a traditional two-day process. Steeping the long-standing family recipe of just ten botanicals in English wheat spirit for a full day before distillation creates a fresh, bright and classically balanced gin with crisp citrus, subtle notes of exotic spice and the remarkable depth and complexity traditionally associated with the London Dry style. Uniquely suited to the classic cocktails of the 19th and early 20th Century that were built around the style, they recommend enjoying their True English London Dry's crisp complexity in a refreshing G&T or a fortifying classic martini.

Hayman’s Old Tom Gin

Many people are unfamiliar with True English Old Tom Gin. Dating back to a period when gin was more richly flavoured, it remains a family favourite to this day. The gloriously generous quantities of botanicals used in the Hayman family recipe create a bold citrus and juniper pine character that is rich and rounded on the palate with a beautifully delicate finish. And the subtle underlying sweetness keeps it true to the original style of Victorian gin first enjoyed in 19th Century England. Enjoy this True English Old Tom in a classic Martinez cocktail, a refreshing Tom Collins or a rich and full flavoured Old Tom and Tonic.

Hayman’s Sloe Gin

A True English Sloe Gin is defined by its balance. Not too sweet, not too tart and you need to be able to taste the gin! To create theirs they gently steep wild harvested English Sloe berries in our classically balanced English Gin for three to four months following an old family recipe. The result is a Sloe Gin of exceptional balance in which you will find plummy aromas, hints of almond and frangipane and delicious fruity notes from the wild-foraged berries – all underpinned by a classic English Gin backbone. Classically enjoyed throughout the festive season or as a warming companion to a brisk winter’s walk, Hayman's Sloe gin in a true English Sloe Gin also pairs perfectly with sparkling wine to create a refreshing summer serve.  

Further information:

Hayman unveils plan to relocate family gin distillery back to London

Hayman’s Distillery

The Hayman family is the longest serving gin distilling family in England. The family has been making the finest handcrafted gins since 1863. Today, Hayman Distillers is run by 5th generation James and Miranda Hayman, supported by their father Christopher. Visit Hayman's at the Home of English Gin in Balham, South West London to explore in person the stories and processes behind their full range of True English Gins. Meet the team, see the stills, nose the botanicals and taste the gins in a welcoming and friendly environment just minutes from Central London. Distillery Tours & Masterclasses £20 per person Book onto our Distillery Tour for a behind-the-scenes look into how the team make True English Gin, as they've have done for generations. Each tour lasts 90 minutes and includes: A welcome English Gin and Tonic. A tutored tasting of our range of True English Gins. A guided tour of our working distillery, and introduction to how they make our range of True English Gins. £5 off the first 70CL bottle of Hayman’s Gin that you buy in our distillery shop. Additional information: Doors will open 15 minutes before the tour start time. You must be aged 18 or over to…