Mark Gamble, the co-owner of Two Birds, established the business on 23rd February 2012. After months of wrestling with HMRC to ensure their licensing was in place, he turned his attention to the still. An electrical engineer by trade, Mark designed and built the 25 litre copper and brass still himself, nicknaming it ‘Gerard’s No.1.’
This bespoke still is where the magic happens. Using quite complex electrical controls to make sure that an exact amount of heat is given at every stage of the distillation process, this ability to change the heat input and control Gerard’s No.1 reflux and resting times is crucial in the flavour of the gin. Each batch gives enough gin for about 100 bottles at a time, making it a very small scale production. Given that it typically takes less than four hours for the distilling to take place, Mark is able to keep an ever watchful eye at all times.
Two Birds is small batch, handcrafted and carefully controlled
In Spring 2013, Two Birds London Dry Gin was launched on the market, starting its sale at Market Harborough, where its production is based. Whilst the gin distillation happens in this market town, Two Birds Spirits official headquarters are located in rural Leicestershire, Mark’s home turf. Looking around Leicestershire, it’s easy to see why the countryside became such a focal point to this gin’s character and identity; Charnwood forest proves to have a very beautiful, green and rugged landscape, something which should indeed be cherished. This celebration of the countryside is portrayed throughout everything that Two Birds does, from it’s very name to its pretty illustrated labelling, which uses simply black organic ink hand-drawn on to each and every bottle.
Two Birds Sipping Gin. Made in ridiculously small batches (only ever 50 bottles available at any one time).
Cask rested for 3 months in virgin Oak and Pecan, this is a double wooded Sipping Gin (47.3%) that is distilled with a rich mix of juniper berries and finished with a distinctive wood taste. Old Tom (40%) style it's bursting with lovely pine and juniper aromas and is slightly sweetened with liquorice and number of other botanicals.
On the nose, there is an initial mixture of fresh juniper and toffee.
On first taste, soft delicate flavours of caramel, toffee and of course juniper. The juniper maintains right into the finish.
Is very smooth and delicate uith a medium toffee orange finish.
THE IDEAL SERVE
Enjoyed neat in a rocks glass with ice and served with fresh orange peel to garnish.