Distillers’ pugs inspire new small-batch gins

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Hammonds of Knutsford has launched a small-batch gin called 3 Pugs Gin, named after the distillers’ three dogs, Pepsi, Tutu and Mojo.

3 Pugs Gin is distilled using eight botanicals – juniper, coriander, orris, angelica, cardamon, elderflower, basil and orange – macerated for 24 hours before distillation.

They are available as the Signature expression at 42% ABV and Blackcurrant flavour at 40% ABV.

They are produced by Christine and Stephen Ditchfield in their garden distillery in Warrington, Cheshire, using a copper pot alembic still.

Long-time enthusiasts of gin, they were inspired by a local gin tasting session to have a go at making their own and sold their first bottles at Spinningfields Makers Market in Manchester just under a year ago.

The couple’s three Pug dogs are illustrated on the label and each one of the slanted bottles is distilled, bottled, wax-sealed and labelled by hand. They come in 50cl bottles as well as 4cl miniatures, dubbed “Puglets”.

Jonathan Hammond, chief executive of Hammonds of Knutsford, said: “3 Pugs Gin combines the Ditchfields’ twin passions for their dogs and gin, creating a stand-out premium-tasting gin with a charming on-shelf appeal.”

He added: “3 Pugs Gin contains absolutely no bark.”

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