We started with the idea of making a great modern artisan gin and then inspired by our combined 50 years of military service we came up with an intriguing gin recipe made with an enticing blend of native British botanicals with both historical and current military connotations.
Meet the founders
Claire and Pete are proud to have served a combined total of over 50 years of military service. Both enlisting as teenagers into the Army and undergoing basic training at Catterick.
Over the years they have continuously deployed on many challenging training activities at home and overseas ranging from arctic warfare in Norway to jungle warfare in South America. They have seen active operational service within the UK and all major UK overseas peacekeeping, intervention operations and campaigns since 1984.
Both Pete and Claire are honoured to have families with generations of tri-service military veterans dating back to the 1800’s and hope the funds Military Spirit raise for SSAFA can provide support for the military community long into the future.
Distilled where it all began
Hand distilled in small batches by fellow veteran and master distiller Tony in Catterick Garrison (Europe’s biggest military garrison). We fill, number and sign each and every one of our bottles by hand. We believe this is the only way to craft spirits of this quality.
Supporting our Armed Forces
For every bottle of gin sold on our website a donation of £4 will be paid in support of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity.
The spicy, aromatic, dark berries of the juniper tree are the main flavouring ingredient of all gins. Their essential oils provide an aroma of pine and a hint of bitterness on the palate.
Gorse is synonymous with UK military training areas, the vibrantly bright golden yellow gorse flowers have a delicate yet distinctive coconut flavour and aroma.
Yarrow, also known as Soldiers’ Woundwort is a natural styptic and has been used to staunch bleeding during many historic battles. The herb has a strong liquorice-like aroma with a sweet flavour and an astringent fin
The flowers of the linden tree have a strong sweet smell, like honeysuckle or jasmine and taste as floral as they smell. Said to “Gladden the Heart”, lime flower tea was drunk by WW2 soldiers to bring about calmness.
The humble Hawthorn Berry enjoys a long and enduring history as the herb to strengthen the heart. The sweet flavour of these bright red berries has been compared to ripe apples.
Heather has been used to give many beers and spirits their characteristic taste. Heather flowers commonly mean good luck, admiration, and protection.