The Devon Foodie Godmother, Lulu Greenhalgh-Jones, talks us through the expanding gin market and the various gin accessories on the market.

Gin is booming, everyone knows that and that trend looks set to continue. Over 40 million bottles of gin have been sold over the past 12 months, did you know that’s enough to make 1.12bn gin ‘n tonics. I think it is fair to say that as a national our passion for Gin Glorious Gin is quite simply not slowing down! We’re hooked! Devon isn’t missing out on this Gin thing either, we in Devon are making some of the highest quality Gin on the market. With outstanding Gins such as Wicked Wolf, Atlantic Spirit and Hudnott’s Blackberry Gin we are more than spoilt for choice in just Exmoor never mind the rest of Devon. So it’s a good job we really are a nation that LOVES our Gin.

The Gin wave the nation is currently surfing is showing stats of Gin sales surpassing the £1billion mark at the end of last year. Incredible! It’s official, us Brits really are obsessed with the juniper-based spirit.

As a result of the Gin uplift, everyone is making Gin products or Gin accessories and one of my favourites is the fantastic combination of this totally glam G & Tea cocktail infusion tea pot set & botanical gin infusion tea bags from The Present Finder. Could there be a better gift!?

Gin is undeniably the drink of choice of the millennial drinker, but why? Well easy, it’s packed with natural ingredients and every year it’s getting more experimental, Gin just kept moving forward. This elegant drink packs a visual punch too, drinks are instagramed with everything from edible flowers to an array of gorgeous colours. Gin is glam!

Some of the UKs Gin Distilleries have experienced up to a 350% increase in turnover this year that;s exciting. I think it is pretty safe to say the gin market keeps exceeding expectations and we love that. Our national appetite for new flavours, new blends and a taste adventure is fuelling the Gin industry and a whole generation of new brands and new producers with no sign of slowing in the near future.

North Devon & Exmoor Gin distilleries

Exmoor Distillery

Exmoor Distillery sits on the southern gateway to Exmoor at Dulverton, on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. Developed from their own passion for fine spirits, Exmoor Distillery is a small family run distillery, sharing our love for a premium quality gin.

After sampling many of the world’s gins on their travels, there was nothing that quite hit the spot, so they decided to produce their own. Customers love the complex flavours of the juniper and botanicals that give their gin a decidedly country taste and smooth texture.

Atlantic Spirit

Created in their custom copper still located on the coast of North Devon, Atlantic Spirit are spirited enthusiasts committed to creating the best Gin possible.

They  are passionate about Gin and creating new and complex botanical flavours. Atlantic Spirit are also passionate about the North Devon coast and their locally sourced ingredients. They’re lucky to have such a beautiful environment and exceptional local talented individuals who all contribute to their Gin. It’s all about the care and commitment they take to produce the best product possible, every step of the way.

Wicked Wolf Gin

Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin is the original award winning premium handcrafted gin made from botanicals distilled on Exmoor. Their 11 botanicals are individually distilled and then expertly blended on the banks of the picturesqueRiver Lyn, North Devon. Passionate about gin, husband and wife team, Pat Patel and Julie Heap, are the faces behind the exciting venture.

Using the perfect combination of 11 exotic botanicals producing complex layers of citrus and pepper notes finely balanced with the distinct the flavours of juniper and coriander, resulting in a mature, premium truly handcrafted spirit.