The first and only distilling license has been granted to the Isle of Wight Distillery, based at Rosemary Vineyard. There are no known records or history of distilling on the Island so we are proud to make history. We use local ingredients from locations such as the Southern Coast and even handpick a number of seeds to create our range of spirits.
Wight Mermaids Gin uses an infusion of carefully selected botanicals including Juniper Berries, rock samphire that is hand-picked from the Island’s chalk cliffs and Boadicea hops grown at the famous Ventnor Botanic Garden. Along with English coriander seeds, fresh lemon zest, angelica root, liquorish root, orris root, elderflower and grains of paradise.
We use hand-picked ingredients such as Rock Samphire from a secret location on the sunny south side of the Island. All the hops we use are grown on the Island too! We want our spirits to be not only fresh, but to capture the true island spirit! Our Coriander seeds are the first to be commercially grown in England.
Before distilling commences, our botanicals are steeped together for 24 hours to enable all the essential oils in the botanicals to be released. Following this, the spirit is then distilled for a day. The fresh Mermaids Gin is rested for seven days to allow the flavours and aromas to mellow and marry together.