Hussingtree Gin is owned and run by three gin-loving family members – husband and wife Richard and Elaine, and Duncan, Elaine’s son. The brand takes its name from the village where Elaine and Richard live – Martin Hussingtree, just north of Worcester. The name reflects both their heritage and one of their core values - the importance of ‘local’. Each of their dry gins is inspired by the produce of Worcestershire. Working with like-minded local businesses is at the heart of everything they do.
They handcraft their dry gins in small batches in traditional alembic copper stills. By following the one-shot method they use one of the most traditional methods - this means they only add water to their distilled gin to bring it down to their desired bottling strength.
Each of their dry gins is inspired by produce grown within their home county of Worcestershire. Recent awards include London Spirits Competition 2020 - Silver (Bumbleberry Dry) and Bronze (Asparagus Dry) - a Great Taste One Star Award 2019 (Bumbleberry Dry) and Silver Medal at Global Spirits Masters 2019 (Asparagus Dry).
Hussingtree Bumbleberry Dry Gin is a true reflection of the Worcestershire and UK countryside. Three traditional British berries - Blackberry, Bilberry, Sloeberry - combine with juniper and supporting botanicals to create their beautifully flavored Bumbleberry Gin. Packed with fruitiness yet wonderfully smooth.
The distillery follows the London Dry method, which means they only dilute the distilled gin down to their desired 40% strength. They never add any further flavors or sweeteners to their gin after it's distilled.
It has its origins in North America where it refers to a mixture of berries - usually three dark fleshed berries - used in pie fillings and in preserves. With a wonderful array of berries growing across Worcestershire, Bumbleberry offers a real taste of the countryside. You'll be unlikely to find another distilled Bumbleberry Gin on the market. Perfect serve. Enjoy their Hussingtree Bumbleberry Dry Gin at its best with your favorite neutral tonic poured over a heap of ice. They recommend the ratio of neutral tonic to gin being between 2:1 and 3:1. If you like to add a garnish, why not try a couple of halved blueberries or a thin slice of apple peel.
At the 3rd London Spirits Competition, which took place in London in July 2020, Hussingtree Gin won Silver and Bronze medals - the ultimate seal of approval in the global spirits industry. In order to receive this distinction, Hussingtree Gin needed to score highly in three different categories: Quality, Value, and Packaging.
What makes the London Spirits Competition different from its peers is that it does not just taste the spirits blind, but goes two steps further.
First, it takes off the cover to reveal the spirit’s label, design, and packaging and asks its judges to base a proportion of its scores on what spirits look like, and how successful it is in the story it is trying to tell, and then equally crucially from a consumer’s point of view how does the brand’s look, feel, taste and quality match up to its price point. Does it offer the consumer true value for money?
Its focus is to therefore award and celebrate the spirits that spirits drinks actually want to buy, whether at a retail store or ordering off a menu in a restaurant.
Duncan Gilroy, director at family-owned and run Hussingtree Gin says, “The authority that an award from the London Spirits Competition brings, comes from the power of being judged across quality, value and appearance, the high quality of the judges and the intensely competitive product set. We are delighted that our Hussingtree Asparagus Dry Gin and Hussingtree Bumbleberry Dry Gin were both rewarded with medals.”
The London Spirits Competition is assessed and judged by a leading panel of top-level spirits buyers, all of whom have current direct commercial buying responsibility. Along with spirits consultants and experts who are also directly involved in the development of new spirits brands or buying spirits for commercial resale.
The 2020 London Spirits Competition had 424 Gin brands entered in the competition, with 69 countries represented.