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Maidstone Distillery Gins and Liqueurs

Maidstone Distillery have the perfect solution to making your festive G&T or cocktail truly Kentish! Located in the heart of Maidstone, their award-winning distillery produces fine quality craft spirits using traditional techniques on an impressive 450L copper pot still. Reinstating the tradition of Maidstone pioneer and master distiller, George Bishop, who created quality and world-renowned spirits from Kent’s county town back in 1785. Each of their recipes is handcrafted, using select botanicals that result in a spirit that tells its own story.

We stock the 70cl, 20cl and 5cl bottles individually and their delightful gift pack which includes a 5cl bottle of their award-winning George Bishop London Dry Gin, floral and herbaceous Ranscombe Wild Small Batch Gin and the delicious barrel aged and fruity Kipsi Rosé Gin – all presented in a Maidstone Distillery branded linen gift bags.

Traditionally crafted and distinctly smooth, George Bishop London Dry Gin is a perfect balance of 15 distinct botanicals. Warm Mediterranean orange and lemon combined with exotic spice. Sweet citrus notes from coriander and soothing chamomile are balanced with tellicherry pepper, cinnamon bark and ground almond. 

Foraging excursions to Ranscombe Farm play an exciting role as the distinctive local flora of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty shine in this unique, zesty and herbaceous contemporary gin. A burst of playful floral notes on the nose are deceptive, as that first sip descends into dark pine forest notes, the juniper is warmed with exotic tangerine and jasmine. A tang of citrus bites, backed by herby notes of bay, lavender and then that first sweet explosion of fresh mint and meadow flowers tantalise the mouth.  Proudly supporting Plantlife – Speaking up for Wild Plants. We donate over 2.5% from the sales of Ranscombe Wild to support their important conservation work.

After opening a grocery shop in 1876, Edward Sharp began experimenting with confectionary. He had built such a strong reputation for his sweets, that in 1912 he installed his “Kreemy Works” factory. A real life “Willy Wonka”, his hugely popular toffee led Maidstone to be the largest manufacturer in the world. His toffee, known for its smooth and creamy taste, inspired this delectable and indulgent Toffee liqueur. Delicious served as a digestif over ice or an irresistible treat in cocktails, hot drinks and desserts. Traditionally distilled with select botanicals to create a base of delicate spice, with hints of orange, vanilla and butter, before being expertly blended with a secret toffee recipe. Vegan friendly, gluten-free recipe which contains no allergens.
Each bottle is finished by hand, with handwritten batch and bottle number
The village shop really is the hub of the community. You can guarantee that you will always bump into a friendly face and catch up on village news. The range of products available in the shop is amazing and has always met our needs as a family. It’s great to support local, healthy produce also. We send out gratitude to the many volunteers that run the shop and make Barham the wonderful place that it is to live in. Thanks

Having had the pleasure of helping out here a few years back , I saw first hand the dedication and hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make this such a wonderful hub of the community.

Such thought goes into every part of the running of this place ,that then appears smooth and effortless. Staff that no matter how tired, or surprisingly busy doing the behind the scenes stuff (that most of their shoppers wouldn’t even realise goes on ) are genuinely always friendly, helpful and respectful to their customers and colleagues alike.

Further supporting the community by always stocking local produce and listening to and acting on customer needs , with regards to any special dietary issues or just stocking a favourite item of someone who cannot get to larger stores in town anymore. If you’ve not been in before, you’ll be surprised by the choice available.

Lovely seasonal displays a well kept and inviting outdoor area and the innovative green light entry system further add to making this a safe, pleasant and well deserving recipient of this award.

Massive well done to all involved “


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