The Hayman family is the UK’s oldest gin distilling dynasty. It is currently headed by Christopher Hayman, one of the world’s most experienced ‘gin masters’ with 40 years of experience, and legatee to great grandfather James Burrough, creator of Beefeater Gin. With his son and daughter, Christopher continues to make classic styles of English gins to family recipes.
8A Weir Road Balham London SW12 0NA United Kingdom
Named Marjorie after Marjorie Burrough, Christopher Hayman’s mother, Hayman’s 450-litre Carl Still is element-heated, boasts six optional plates and a pre-condenser.
The picture above of Christopher, James and Miranda Hayman standing proudly by their new still were taken just a few days after it was installed in 2013. Christopher talked excitedly about how this modern, all-copper still with optional botanical chamber and rectifying column would allow the family to experiment as well as create both new and old recipes from the family archives.
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:
1. Juniper Berries from Bulgaria or Macedonia 2. Coriander seed from Bulgaria 3. Nutmeg from India 4. Cinnamon from Madagascar 5. Orange Peel from Spain 6. Angelica root from Belgium or France 7. Orris root from Italy 8. Cassia bark from China 9. Liquorice from Sri Lanka 10. Lemon peel from Spain