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Hayman's make gin as it was originally made
The Hayman family were the first London distillers to use citrus as a botanical, and the family, now the 4th and 5th generations, still use the same 160-year-old family recipe to distil their London dry gin in London.
All Hayman's gins use the same ten botanicals; it's just the intensity of each botanical which changes between each specific gin recipe. For example, Hayman's Old Tom uses almost twice as much juniper as its London dry. The ten botanicals are:
Juniper Berries from Bulgaria or Macedonia
Coriander seed from Bulgaria
Nutmeg from India
Cinnamon from Madagascar
Orange Peel from Spain
Angelica root from Belgium or France
Orris root from Italy
Cassia bark from China
Liquorice from Sri Lanka
Lemon peel from Spain
The family also still make their gin the way their forefathers originally made it, including their two-day process – steep on the first day and distil on the second. These traditional methods are paired with state-of-the-art equipment, including Hayman's 450-litre Carl copper hybrid pot still, named Marjorie after Marjorie Burrough, Christopher Hayman's mother. Installed in 2013, this still, with its optional botanical chamber and rectifying column, is element-heated and boasts six plates and a pre-condenser. This versatile still allows the Hayman family to experiment as well as reproduce recipes from the family archives.