The exact recipe for Hunters is a closely-guarded secret.

THE METHOD

As the alcohol vapour is driven off, the flavours and aromas are released into the spirit vapour giving Hunters Cheshire Gin its unique flavour. Because of this special distillation method, Hunters is a premium gin placed among the top division of world-renowned gins. Cheaper gins are neutral spirits with flavours added. These lack character and can quickly lose their flavour and aroma when mixers are added. Quality is of the utmost importance to Hunters so the Master Distiller checks each batch distillation before it is allowed to carry our name.

The integrity of each batch is important to us. In addition to the single batch distillation method, Hunters is made with a blend of botanicals sourced from all over the world. Each chosen for its unique quality, which helps give Hunters it’s character – citrus tones from ribbons of citrus peel including lemon and sweet orange, carefully crafted into the gin through the distillation process. All Hunters ingredients are natural, no artificial flavours, oils or essences are used. It is a Premium gin based on a 300 year old recipe, distilled at 43.3% that makes for a sublime gin with subtle citrus overtones and a spicy fruit edge. Mi A unique and sublime fusion of the highest quality botanicals and export strength alcohol…

STILL

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Only gins crafted to the requirements of this particular method can wear the name London Dry.

Our botanicals are treated using a ‘batch distillation’ process that takes place in a copper pot still, some of which are up to 100 years old. Alcohol is added to the mixture of botanicals, along with an apple distillate made with apples sourced from the Norton Priory Garden’s orchard in the heart of Cheshire, and heated to release a vapour containing a strong essence of the flavours that creates the unique character of this special gin. The resulting liquid is extremely concentrated, and is skillfully blended with alcohol by the master distiller to create the best possible fusion of botanical concentrate and alcohol.

An attractive and popular mid-season cooking apple bred from a cross between Gascoyne’s Scarlet and Cox’s Orange Pippin by NF Barnes in 1902, the head gardener to the Duke of Westminster, and named after his son. It is very versatile in the kitchen and cooks to a puree. Arthur Barnes was killed in the First World War and his grave is in Eccleston churchyard near Chester.

NORTON PRIORY

at the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside

ARTHUR BARNES

our apple of choice