Aber Falls distils gin on top of Snowdon

8th October, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

Halewood-owned Aber Falls Whisky Distillery has produced a one-off gin expression that was distilled at the top of Snowdon in Wales.

John Buchanan, distiller at Aber Falls, used a one-litre pot still to create the one-off expression

The one-of-a-kind expression, called Summit Gin: Mountaineers Cut, will be auctioned in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance.

Distillers from Aber Falls climbed 1,085 metres above sea level to create the spirit at the top of Wales’ highest peak, becoming the first people to do so.

Summit Gin: Mountaineers Cut was distilled using a one-litre copper pot still, and includes botanicals such as sloe berries and heather – which the distillers collected as they climbed the mountain.

James Wright, managing director at Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, said: “With gin’s booming popularity, together with the demand for small-batch, locally-made spirits, we saw an opportunity to make our mark by putting our distilling expertise to the test, to produce the first ever gin at the top of Snowdon.

“By drawing on a cocktail of local botanicals from the mountainside, this gin really reflects the region of North Wales – you can’t get more authentic than that.”

While at the top of the Welsh mountain, the distillers were joined by bartender Alex Mills, who created a signature serve inspired by the Snowdonia national park, called A’r ben y brig, which walkers and visitors were able to enjoy at the summit.

Earlier this year, SB sat down with Wright to discuss building a distillery from scratch and the importance of sustainability in the industry.

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