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Silent Pool | England
It’s a natural pool and a distillery both located in the small town of Albury, Surrey. The founder - Ian McCulloch - found the natural beauty of Silent Pool as the ideal place to install his distillery and, more importantly, capture the inspiration for the spirit drinks distilled there. The Silent Pool Gin can thus be described with the words that characterize the water from Silent Pool: clear, pure and refreshing. It combines the respect, almost orthodox, from the ancestral methods of distillation with the new flavoring techniques, paying close attention to the smallest details. How is the gin made? You are able to visit and have a look at the whole process at the distillery. And you will know when it’s time as the production of steam for heating the still is done by burning local wood and the chimney has a built-in whistle. Its 24 botanicals are incorporated in the spirit base on 3 different stages. The first portion is macerated in alcohol base to give the longest and deepest aftertaste. The second one is macerated in neutral higher degree alcohol, which is then filtered. This way, the oils from the botanicals are retained. On the last portion, the botanicals are added in their fresh form and are responsible for the life and freshness of the Silent Pool. When you sip the Silent Pool gin, you will feel the abundance of botanicals. Its aromas wander between floral and fruity, citric and a soft touch of honey and the ubiquitous juniper, which give a way to each other in a remarkable harmony. The freshness of the citrus fruits such as lime and Kaffir combine with the greatest smooth taste of the bergamot. The floral chamomile, elderflower or lavender touch, round the palate and ensure the extreme softness of this gin. The presence of pear with spices like star anise or cassia and the sweetness from honey is also notorious.