‘Bottoms up!’ Off we went to the Mermaid Bar at the Wishing Well, the home of the Isle of Wight distillery. This distillery is the first and only distillery producing Award Winning. Gins and Vodka. We sat next to the still to hear how the business started and grew from the sale of 6 bottles a week to thousands, supplying prestigious stores and hotels. We found the process very interesting; the Gins contain 10 Botanicals, some of which we were able to smell or taste. They give the Gins their unique flavours which we could taste if we wanted to…and we did!
There is a strong Isle of Wight focus the combination of blended flavours achieved through locally foraged Rock Samphire and Elderflower, Boadicea Hops and Island Chalk-Fed Spring Water. The unique bottles containing Mermaid and Mermaid pink Gin, produced by the Murano glass factory are completely recyclable with a small amount of money on return for washing and using again.
What’s next? Island Whiskey and possibly a return visit!