Langley Distillery (Alcohols Limited)

Status:
Operational

Established:
1902

Owner:
Not supplied

Capacity:
Not supplied

Visitor policy:
Not generally accessible

Tel:
+44 (0)121 552 1246

Address:
Crosswells Road,
Langley Green,
Warley (Nr Birmingham),
West Midlands,
B68 8HA
United Kingdom

Better known as Langley due to its location, this distillery is owned by W H Palmer Group, a family owned company whose main activity is not distillation but chemical compounding and wholesale. Indeed the group only began distilling when they took over these premises and its dormant gin distillery in 1955.

Originally a brewery, distillation started here in 1902 as a result of the Victorian gin boom when local publicans clubbed together to purchase the brewery and install stills. Founded in 1805, the company’s current Managing Director, Adam Wallis Parmer is the Great, Great Grandson of the founder.

Three underground spring fed rivers converge under the distillery. Although the water is not pure enough to charge the stills, it is used to cool the condensing columns. So for all the stories of underground springs it is local tap water that is actually used for distilling.

Langley boasts an array of pot stills, including what is claimed to be the oldest working copper pot gin still in the UK.

Still No.1 – Used for rectification rather than gin production.

Angelia - 3,000 litre capacity copper pot still made in 1903 by John Dore & Company of London. This is claimed to be the oldest working copper pot gin still in the UK. Formally known as Still No.2 it was renamed after the Managing Director’s mother.

Spare Still – No.3 circa 1917 – 3,000 litres capacity has not been used since the distillery was mothballed in the late 1940s due to its hard to access location behind the other stills.

Carter Head Still – The No.5 still at Langley is not presently used.

Constance – The No.6 still is another but slightly different shaped John Dore still, circa 1917, this 3,000 litre capacity still is named after Master Distiller, Rob Dorsett’s, late mother.

Jenny – (still N0.7) is the newest and at 10,000 litre capacity, the largest still. This was installed in 1995 and its installation involved a hole being made in the roof so it could be dropped in by heavy crane. Rather embarrassingly it was not long before that crane was back and the newly repaired roof opened up again, as the new still started popping bolts and was close to exploding the very first time it was used. Six months worth of repairs and it was back and has been a reliable lady since.

Langley do not produce finished gin, as there is no bottling line on site. The distillery produces concentrate which is reduced to bottling strength at wherever it is to be bottled. This could be practically anywhere in the world and it is not unknown with some brands for further flavouring to occur at the pre-bottling stage.

Langley distil eleven different gin recipes which end up labelled as dozens of different gins. Some are specific recipes according to particular supplied brand specifications, others are standard Langley recipes which end up as ‘own label’ gins.

All the gin concentrates produced here are distilled to a strength between 77% and 80% alc./vol.. After distillation the distillate is then blended with neutral spirit to make a concentrate at around 94% alc./vol. which is then sent in tanker trucks or plastic containers to various bottling plants where it is reduced to bottling strength.

They make

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Broker's Gin

Launched in 1998, Broker’s was created by brothers Martin and Andy Dawson. It is based on 100% wheat neutral sprit and flavoured with ten botanicals: juniper, coriander, orris, nutmeg, cassia bark, cinnamon, liquorice, angelica root, orange peel and lemon peel.

Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength image

Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength

This Westbourne Strength line extension is named for Miller's original base in Westbourne Grove, West London. It has a higher alcoholic strength than Miller's Reformed.

Martin Miller's Gin image

Martin Miller's Gin

Named after and minority owned by Martin Miller, creator of the Miller's Antiques price guides. Originally labelled 'London Dry Gin', regulations forbidding flavouring to be added to London Dry Gins after distillation necessitated this classification to be omitted from the new taller bottle.

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Whitley Neill Gin

Johnny Neill, a 4th generation member of the Greenall Whitley distilling family, was inspired by his wife's South African homeland when creating this gin which launched in 2005. Hence, the use of two African botanicals, fruit of the baobab 'tree of life' and Cape gooseberry.

Palmers Premium Distilled London Dry Gin image

Palmers Premium Distilled London Dry Gin

This gin, made with 10 botanicals according to recipe that's more than 350-years-old, is owned and made by W H Palmer Group, a family-owned company which owns and operates the Langley Distillery near Birmingham, England where numerous other gins are also distilled under contact.

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Finsbury London Dry Gin (37.5%)

The Finsbury Gin brand name was founded by Joseph Bishop back in 1740 and is possibly a reference to Clerkenwell springs which was once the centre of London's gin industry and part of the old London Borough of Finsbury. Today Finsbury Gin is owned by a German company, Borco International.

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Finsbury 47 Platinum

More than ten botanicals, including juniper berries, coriander seeds, lemon and orange peels, are used in the distillation of this London Dry gin.

Hammer & Son Old English Gin image

Hammer & Son Old English Gin

As the name suggests, this gin sets out to replicate an original style of English gin, a slightly sweetened distilled gin which many people refer to as Old Tom. Old English Gin is distilled at Langley Distillery using a John Dore copper pot still called Angela, the oldest such gin still in use today

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Element 29 Vodka

Element 29 is a British vodka distilled from wheat and finished in a copper pot still, hence its name, a reference to copper being atomic number 29 of the 118 known elements. The brand claims to be environmentally friendly due to being supplied in 9.8 litre bag-in-boxes as well as refillable bottles

Hunters Cheshire Gin image

Hunters Cheshire Gin

A distilled gin made at Langley Distillery, England. The botanical recipe is a secret but is known to contain juniper berries, coriander seeds, lemon and sweet orange peel. The botanicals are steeped in neutral spirit for an undisclosed period prior to distillation in a John Dore pot still.

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Langley's No.8

Launched early in 2013, Langley's No. 8 Distilled London Gin is distilled in Connie, a 4,000 litre John Dore pot still at the Langley distillery in Warley in the England’s West Midlands using eight ‘secret’ botanicals – the gin is named after the distillery.

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London Hill Gin

London Hill Dry Gin is made using the traditional infusion method is a copper pot still at Langley Distillery. London Hill’s packaging was redesigned in 2012.

D1 London Gin image

D1 London Gin

D1 Gin is made by distilling neutral wheat spirit in a copper pot still with: juniper berries, coriander, orange and lemon peel, angelica root, cassia bark, almond, liquorice and nettles, the latter according to Limbrey Distilling Co. are “selected especially for us by a master tea blender”.

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Boxer Gin

A blend of classically pot distilled, English wheat neutral spirit based, London dry gin blended with juniper berry oil extracted by steam distillation from Juniperus Indica from the mountains of Nepal, and raw citrus essential oil extracted by cold pressing fresh bergamot peel.

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