Gorilla Spirits Co. was first conceived in 2010 and another five years went by before Silverback Gin was launched just before Christmas 2015. Looking back it’s a good job we didn’t realise just how complex the project was going to be. Finding suitable premises, designing the distillery and obtaining the necessary licences seemed, at times, to be an endless series of challenges. There is a staggering amount of red tape involved when it comes to licensing and health and safety and we made it even harder for ourselves by designing everything from the ground up.
The distillery itself is industrial grade but micro scale so it was a bit like designing and building a model railway but without the benefit of being able to buy off the shelf tracks, trains and station buildings. All in all it took around 18 months to design and then another 14 months to build. Silverback too was a painstaking development with more than 100 different gins produced before we finally got what we were looking for. It was worth the wait though as we have produced a spectacularly good gin – a double medal winner too at the 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition!
Gorilla Spirits & Co. pictures