Hidden Gem is a truly artisan spirit, made with an infusion of botanicals, sourced from near and far. Rosemary and apple from our own garden when in season, along with, citrus, angelica, liquorice, lashings of milk thistle, and several other botanicals. It is fresh tasting and smooth with citrus notes and a complex finish. Rosemary is a key ingredient in our Gin which always grew in my Grandparents garden, a fragrance from my childhood and a prominent botanical in our Gin. Made in our copper top still called Meg, each small batch is blended, bottled and labelled by hand, in Salford, Greater Manchester.
We are a family venture and we all have our part to play in making our lovely spirit.
The initial spark of inspiration came from a love of Gin combined with a hobby of making home-made wine.
It seemed only right to combine the two.
Making spirits was a natural progression, moving on from making wine with fruits and berries foraged locally. I started experimenting with different fusions and flavours and developing the business idea, the name and the whole concept of Hidden Gem. The rest of the family were soon on board with the idea and we spent the last year learning the craft and refining our blend. We are a husband and wife team but we all work together including our three girls, who help with peeling and chopping the fresh botanicals as well as picking the rosemary and apples from the garden when in season
Hidden Gem was inspired by the local craft beer and gin scene in Salford and Manchester and was developed from a tiny spark of inspiration through to a fully functioning distillery in the space of 18 months. I am born and bred in Salford and my husband Joe is a Manchester man. We are based right on the border of Salford and Manchester, it’s the urban heartland of the North West and a melting pot of industry and creative artisan producers, which we are proud to be a part of.
We endeavour to add social value where we can, by using locally sourced ingredients and produce where possible. We have pledged to give five per cent of all profits to local charities and good causes – a true community spirit.
We are named after St Mary's church,
a beautiful 16th century chapel, tucked away in the city centre and
known locally as The Hidden Gem - if you live in or around Manchester,
you probably know it (Lowry painted it). It's the place that my Grandparents
met, almost 100 years ago. It was a chance encounter that changed
their lives and it was the start of their legacy here in the North
My Grandmother, Brigid, had moved to Salford from Ireland and my Grandfather Edward, was en route to America from Ireland, where he was to meet his two brothers in Chicago. Both happened to call in for a lunch time service known as the workers mass, as it was held at 12.05 every day for those that worked in the city centre. When Edward saw Brigid it was indeed love at first sight, but he was due to sail the following evening. He returned for the workers mass the next day in the hope of seeing Brigid and decided he would ask her for a date, if she said no he would sail and if she said yes, he would stay...well the rest is history. They had four children together who in turn had a whopping 33 children between them, of which I am the second youngest. G,E & M also happens to be the initials of our three children, three of their many Great Grandchildren and so, their legacy continues....
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