Guest Blog by Rachel Natarajan
Like me, Pope Street Gin was born in Dorchester! So when I heard Morrish & Banham were distilling a new batch of Pope Street Gin I had to get involved!
In August 2018, Brewery Square held an event for residents and local businesses celebrating ten years since the area was transformed from the old Eldridge Pope brewery site. The brand new gin, created and distilled on the day, was a brilliant success and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle after the event – via the Morrish & Banham online shop.
Last Wednesday, 369 days after its first creation, a second batch of gin was produced as part of the Brewery Square Summer Open air Theatre event. The Still on the Move returned to Pope Street and at midday the gin’s constituent botanicals were carefully measured out. Pope Street Gin’s recipe was developed in association with cocktail specialist Lloyd Brown of the Grey Bear Bar Company; and includes Juniper, Cubeb, Lemongrass, dried Lemon peel, Cassia, Kaffir Lime leaf and Jester Hops.
For six hours the beautiful copper Still (named ‘Prosperity’) on the back of the converted VW Camper caused quite an attraction on Pope Street outside Morrish & Banham HQ.
It was so nice to see customers, residents and visitors to Dorchester coming up to see what we were up to; fascinated by the production process and promising to pop back to sample a G&T later in the day!
Distilling gin is both a science and an art and the Gin Still temperature was difficult to maintain at the high levels required, especially on a very windy day Dorset can produce in August! This meant the gin was slightly off schedule but residents and customers were only too pleased to enjoy a little Prosecco while the first of the Pope Street Gin bottles were filled.
And then, in no time at all, the Pope Street Gin was good to go! The resulting gin is a smooth London Dry, flavoured with subtle aromatic botanicals – Juniper led with light, zingy citrus and a warm Cassia finish.
When tasting a new gin, Mark Banham has taught us to first try it neat, over ice – let the gin do the talking. Then, as a G&T with your favourite tonic, something to compliment the citrus notes.
Many G&Ts were enjoyed on the day and Pope Street Gin is now available to purchase in-store and online. I should know; I’m busy buying for my family, and bottles are going as far as Switzerland and India!
Thanks to Brewery Square and the multitude of lovely customers for supporting Morrish & Banham!
Rachel Natarajan is an old friend and customer of Morrish & Banham, based in London and Bengalaru.