Charlie and Ed Wood of the Wood Brothers distillery in Bampton (Picture: PR)
No longer the preserve of middle-aged people, gin and tonics are more popular and fashionable than ever.
And the Wood brothers are adding to the vast selection of craft gins and vodkas currently available by releasing their own in-house range.
Ed and Charlie Wood, of Bampton, are sixth-generation farmers who produce their spirits in a 200-year-old grain barn in a corner of the family farm.
The farm’s arable land produces grains such as winter wheat, barley and rye. These allow the distillery to claim Single Estate status, something rarely found in distilleries in the UK.
The beans are processed in the milling shed, then carefully distilled through coiled copper pipes into the award-winning spirits.
Big Frank, the huge still almost 10 meters high, produces a clear spirit before botanicals are added in the smaller stills.
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The distillery has been making its gin and vodka for eight years and the award-winning spirits are a premium product.
A bottle of Wood Brothers vodka and gin sells on the website for £32.
Charlie’s Sloe Gin, made with sloes picked from the hedges on the farm, which are then steeped in dry gin in small batches for at least six months, costs £25.95.
But now the duo have decided to release a range which can be had for under £30 due to demand for low cost drinks in the hospitality sector as well as the domestic market.
“It’s a matter of spirit,” Charlie said. “We use different bottles and packaging to reduce the price of this range and also do our part for the environment.
“It’s produced using the same process but means you can enjoy Wood Bros for less.”
The brothers are the first generation to use the farm as the base for a modern and sophisticated distillery as agricultural diversification.
They also offer a gin school for customers to explore the gin making process.
You can be the distiller, choosing from over 100 botanicals to flavor and redistill your very own 70cl bottle of gin.
Charlie said: “After we’ve made a drink for you in the Wood Brothers bar, we’ll teach you how to sniff and select your own unique blend of herbs to suit your tastes.
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“You will then distill your blend in our miniature copper pot stills, creating a personalized gin, named and bottled the same day for you to take home.”
You can even name your gin, customize the label and wax the top.
They also offer culinary experiences in their distillery bar.
The brothers hope the new home range will become a common sight in local hotels and bars.
‘This means they can stock a premium product like potentially their house spirits, keeping great British products on our drinks shelves,’ they said.
This story was written by Miranda Norris, she joined the team in 2021 and covers Oxfordshire news as well as Witney news.
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