Ian Hart, the founder of Sacred, and who led the Juniper Tasting Society, left the world of finance and fell back onto his science degree where he began a new career in making gin.
Joined by his life partner ,and co-founder, Hilary Whitney, this is not your usual distillery.
There are no traditional copper pot stills, instead, it is based at their home, and it looks like a small chemistry lab in a family room looking over the backyard.
Sacred have been around since 2009, based in Highgate, and are named for Boswellia Sacra, a tree from which Frankincense, one of their more unusual botanicals is obtained.
So from the Sacred Craft distillery in Highgate comes their classic London Dry Gin.
Each of the organically sourced botanicals is distilled under vacuum, to create a fresh, creamy and beautifully balanced gin like no other.
Ian is a true botanical fanatic, and has accumulated a library of over 100 which he has distilled purely out of interest.
Double Gold Medal Award Winner at San Francisco World Spirits Championships, in 2009 it was the Overall Winner at Ginmasters, with a score of 98 points out of a possible 100!
12 botanicals go in to make this elegant and finely balanced gin which is delicious enough to drink straight!
Ian and Hilary’s perfect serve would be with a premium tonic, pink grapefruit and rosemary to garnish.