Gin Producers

Quintessential Brands G&J Distillers

Quintessential Brands was established in 2011 by Enzo Visone, former CEO of the Campari Group and investment banker Warren Scott, with Mike Salmon as the Brands and Marketing Director.  The international drinks group’s vision is to become a leading, independent European spirits company with global reach and world-class brand-building capabilities.

The Quintessential Brands Group includes the companies G&J Distillers and Essential Drinks, the business to business arm.  The Quintessential Brands portfolio includes Greenall’s Original Gin, BLOOM Gin, Berkeley Square London Dry Gin, Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin and Toussaint Coffee Liqueur.

These brands are all produced by G&J Distillers which is a major distiller and bottler of spirits for the UK and international markets, based in Warrington, Cheshire.  G&J Distillers continues the business and traditions of the G&J Greenall company which has been continuously distilling gin since 1761.

Its Master Distiller, Joanne Moore, is only the 7th Master Distiller in the 250 year history of the distillery.  Joanne is responsible for the production of over 60% of the gin in the UK and 20% of quality gin produced worldwide.

She joined the business in 1996 and developed her passion for new product development, experimenting with botanicals in the same way chefs explore the use of herbs and spices in their craft. In 2006, Joanne was appointed Master Distiller; the first female gin Master Distiller in the world. She is now custodian of the G&J Distillers’ brands portfolio and brand developer.

Mike Salmon has spent over 25 years’ in the drinks industry starting at IDV and then at Berry Brothers & Rudd where he went on to become CEO of Cutty Sark International.  He successfully led the business to become the number three Scotch Whisky brand in Europe.  He has worked on the Quintessential Brands’ gin portfolio since 2011.

Address:G&J Distillers
Melbury Park
Clayton Road, Warrington
Cheshire, WA3 6PH
Telephone:01925 286400

Quintessential Brands G&J Distillers Brands:

BLOOM London Dry Gin

BLOOM premium London Dry Gin is a delicate, floral gin created by Master Distiller, Joanne Moore.  It was inspired by nature and the flowers of an English country garden. This gin is distilled in a traditional copper pot still with a secret combination of seven botanicals added by hand including chamomile, honeysuckle and the citrus fruit pomelo.  These are allowed to rest and macerate to rehydrate the botanicals. BLOOM Gin is distilled by only the 7th Master Distiller in the 250 years in which G&J Distillers has been producing fine gin.

Greenall’s Original London Dry Gin

Greenall’s Gin is a classic London Dry gin with rich juniper notes, balanced with mature citrus and spice. The gin is distilled in a traditional copper pot still with eight botanicals added by hand which include juniper, coriander and angelica. Greenall’s Gin, the Great British Spirit, was first distilled in 1761 and is made using English grain spirit. It has been continuously produced by G&J Distillers to the same recipe for over 250 years.

Greenall’s Sloe Gin

Greenall’s, the world’s original London Dry Gin made to the same recipe for 256 years, has launched a new look and recipe for its latest hand-crafted Greenall’s Sloe Gin expression. G&J Distiller's Master Distiller, Joanne Moore, has selected the traditional flavour of sloe berries using Greenall’s eight botanicals, with their rich juniper notes and mature citrus and spice, combining with the sloes to create a warming drink, perfect for autumn and winter drinking and bottled at 26% abv. The result is a rich ruby red colour, with a classic sloe gin aroma of almond and cherry, underpinned by juniper, citrus and warm earthy spice notes.

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is a richly spiced gin which epitomises the exotic intensity of the Orient. It is distilled with a selection of hand-picked botanicals from the Ancient Spice Route. This Oriental Spiced Gin is distilled in a traditional copper pot still in which the key botanicals of spicy cubeb berries from Indonesia, black pepper from India and coriander from Morocco are infused. Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is distilled by only the 7th Master Distiller in the 250 years in which G&J Distillers has been producing fine gin.

Berkeley Square London Dry Gin

Berkeley Square London Dry Gin is an ultra premium gin distilled in small batches using the small copper still No. 8. As a gin it has been distilled to be smooth enough to be sip neat. The gin is distilled using the unusual method of ‘bouquet garni’ where hand-picked botanicals, including sage, lavender, kaffir lime leaves and basil, are wrapped in muslin and submerged in triple distilled spirit to help infuse the herbaceous aromas. Berkeley Square London Dry Gin is produced in one of the oldest distilleries in the UK, G&J Distillers, in Cheshire.  

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Greenall’s Distillery

G&J Distillers' distillery is in Warrington and each batch of Greenall’s The Original London Dry Gin is expertly hand crafted. Their beautiful copper stills sit in the newly renovated Greenall’s Distillery, completed in early 2017. Tradition is paired with innovation; the finest naturally dried botanicals are still added by hand and G&J's Master Distiller Joanne Moore continually checks each batch of gin to ensure consistency of taste. A modern bottling production line on site means that the very best Greenall's gin is crafted and preserved from distillation through to first pour.
Joanne Moore, G&J Distillers

Joanne Moore, G&J Distillers

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