Exmoor Pony Society gin now available
As part of our centenary celebrations in 2021, The Exmoor Pony Society has commissioned a special limited edition gin which will also raise money to help the Society’s work.
The gin is distilled at The Distillery, Notting Hill where EPS Trustee Sue Burger’s son, Jake, is a director and Master Distiller. Sue has a long connection with Exmoor ponies, having bred, shown and ridden them for 35 years as well as being a judge, foal inspector and past president of the EPS.
Jake has worked in the drinks industry since leaving school. He created his first gin, Portobello Road 171, ten years ago. The brand’s initial base was the oldest pub in Portobello Road, The Star, but moved to much larger premises and created The Distillery at 186 Portobello Road.
Jake was very keen for The Distillery to be involved with raising money for the ponies and spent time researching botanicals with a connection to Exmoor. His research has culminated in a unique Exmoor inspired gin.
Jake says: “The Distillery is proud to be contributing towards one of Britain’s rarest and most beautiful native equine breeds. The gin we have created is a classic London Dry style of gin with a strong juniper character. Its unique flavour is inspired by the ecosystem of Exmoor in South West England and alongside the more traditional botanicals includes local whortleberry, heather flower, honey and samphire amongst its botanical ingredients.”
He goes on to describe the gin as “having a subtle floral aroma, and a notably dry slightly coastal finish.”
Each bottle includes a £5 donation towards the Exmoor Pony Society.
Sue says “ We are really excited to be able to offer our members, supporters and the wider public the opportunity to purchase a high quality gin from a well known distillery. We hope it will help to raise the profile of Exmoor ponies as well as providing some income to further the Society’s work”