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Meet Gemma of Gattertop

It started with a childhood spent sampling fruits in our orchards at Gattertop. I benefitted from an abundance of home-grown produce and started to experiment with various spirits and ingredients in my early thirties. I identified a gap in the botanical vodka market, using it as an alternative to gin. The traditional orchards at Gattertop have a huge amount of history attached to them, so it was the obvious choice to use traditional ingredients and plants.

Vodka is the perfect alcohol base; it doesn’t have a distinctive taste, aroma or colour, which is brilliant for showcasing beautiful botanicals. If they live in harmony in nature, surely they could in my drinks! The herbs, leaves, blossom, plants and fruit are distilled in small batches in traditional copper pot stills and infused to capture a natural, smooth and subtle ‘year round’ product. The single-sourced natural ingredients we use that are led by nature, all from our ancient farm and orchard in Herefordshire.

In a climate where the world is facing many environmental and social challenges, sustainability is something I think about a lot. What kind of planet will our children inherit if we don’t consider living more sustainably? My children won’t eat certain foods anymore because they have learned about palm oil and the destruction of the rainforest at school. I am not going to be on the stage at the UN, but I like to do my bit on an individual basis.

I use a truly innovative, authentic and considered approach to developing a flavour profile to capture the English orchard in a glass. We are seeing a premium placed on authenticity in craft spirits, with a rising demand for superior quality alcoholic beverages, plus a rise in low-calorie drinks. Botanic No 7 recently won an IWSC Spirit Gold award with a top score of 96/100 and our Damson No 12 has won a Great Taste Award five years in a row. We have produced two extraordinary vodkas that are versatile and encourage curious drinkers who seek flavour, and I love that we have achieved this. Provenance, taste and premium quality!

Where is your happy place?
Probably where I grew up which was in the Middle East. I find a sense of peace, contentment and gratitude when I am in the desert under a thousand stars.

What is your lazy go-to / comfort food dish when cooking? Do you have a recipe?
I make salads, a lot of ‘fridge’ salads, made from any leftovers, with the most delicious dressings - they are quick and easy and always rather delicious!!

What’s the strangest dish someone has used your products for? Have you tried it?
People love to pour our Damson No 12 over ice cream! I don’t know why I find it strange, as everyone says it is delicious, I should really try it!

  • Botanic No 7 Botanical Vodka
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  • Damson No 12 Vodka Liqueur
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