It’s Gin Up North: Mitchell’s Wines
Alongside the craft beer revolution in the UK, artisan gins have also become a hugely popular tipple amongst the drinking public – so much so that Sheffield’s award-winning Mitchell’s Wine Merchants have updated their collection to more than 150 different bottles that have made their way to the Meadowhead store from all over the globe.
Their in-house gin expert, David Keyworth, told us: “There has been a gin explosion here in Sheffield, and today it’s being enjoyed by a much wider audience than vodka. Three years ago, we had just the one shelf displaying our gins in the store – now there’s over 150 bottles. Also, gins are no longer accompanied by just Schweppes – our customers are looking for premium tonics!”
True to form, Mitchell’s have placed a strong onus on showcasing quality local products in the selection including the popular Sheffield Dry Gin, which is created using a blend of Sheffield water, locally-sourced botanicals and – of course – a nip of Henderson’s Relish!
Sir Robin of Locksley is another artisan gin distilled locally, a tribute from the Locksley Distilling Co. to the legendary outlaw. It also uses a host of native ingredients as well as infusions of elderflower, dandelion and pink grapefruit to form a unique smooth taste. Other Yorkshire gins such as the Harrogate-based Slingsby gin (the top-selling gin in Harrods) and Mason’s of Yorkshire from the quaint town of Bedale give the collection a touch of northern pride.
The rest of the assemblage has been sourced from distilleries stretching across Spain, Russia, Iceland, New Zealand, the USA, and all four corners of Britain. With too many intriguing concoctions to mention, we recommend you pop down and take a good look yourself.
Mitchell’s Wine & Hop House Brewing, 352-354 Meadowhead, Sheffield, s8 7UJ // 0114 2740311 // www.mitchellswine.co.uk