Shed 1 Chuckleberry Gin 50cl 40% ABV
Shed 1 Chuckleberry Gin.
Launched in October 2016 by husband and wife team Andy & Zoe Arnold-Bennett in the market town of Ulverston, Cumbria. Shed 1 Distillery produces award-winning, small batch, classically distilled craft gin with a contemporary-style.
They started in their Garden Shed and moved to The Old Calf Shed in 2019. Here, they opened a Visitor Attraction, which was shortlisted in The World Gin Awards, Best Gin Visitor Attraction, 2021. They offer Cumbria’s only Make Your Own Gin Experiences, as well as Distillery Tours & Tastings and a botanical-inspired Afternoon G&Tea. Their awards include Great Taste, Crafdi and The World Gin Awards, plus the Gin Distillery won The Gin Guide’s, Small Producer, Environmental Sustainability Award, in both 2020 & 2021. Cuckold’s Revenge, the very first Gin they created, is featured in “101 Gins To Try Before You Die”!
Chuckleberry Gin is Shed 1’s latest creation and will be the first of a range of bathtub (compounded, not distilled) gins. Made with Chuckleberries (which is a mix of a gooseberry and blackcurrent). It has a unique tart sweetness which Shed 1 have complemented with the herby notes of Meadowseet and Hyssop. It all natural botanicals in their Chuckleberry Gin with no colourings added. By not distilling they keep the beautifully vibrant colour of the Chuckleberries. 40% ABV
Shed 1 created Chuckleberry Gin with tonic in mind and the perfect serve would be a classic one: 1 part gin, to 3 parts tonic (Fever Tree Premium is their choice) and a couple of ice cubes. No garnish needed.
Andy has been a professional actor for over 20 years. Over that time, he’s tread the boards from Land’s End to John O’Groats and from Asia to America. Zoe started her work life as a special paint finisher, then got the opportunity to teach in Japan for a year. This turned into a 7-year stint in Asia.
They bumped into each other in South Korea and Zoe returned back to the UK the following year. Andy’s home was already in Cumbria and when they moved to Ulverston they realised they’d found somewhere very special.
Zoe had been making compound gin elixirs for a while and Andy started getting more interested in the process. After playing with botanicals for a while they decided it was time to take it up a notch and produce their own gin. They were looking for bigger, bolder flavours than they found in a lot of the gins they sampled. So, the next question was where. Somewhere big enough for a small still, close to home would be good, rent-free even better.
“How about the shed?”
“Shed 1, closest to the house.”
And so, Shed 1 Distillery was born.