Cold-distilled botanicals for light and natural flavours
Industry experts and award winning bartenders
The Origin Story
Made in a bar, not a boardroom
In 2015, Alex Lawrence, Ben Iravani and Josh Rennie were looking to push the cocktail program at their team's bar, The Orchid, forward. They wanted to create a premium gin and enlisted help from Andew Porter - an investor and biotechnology professor from Ben’s alma mater. He helped set up a micro-distillery in the bar’s basement with tools primarily used in scientific research. After learning how botanicals reacted to different temperatures through experimentation, they turned to cold-distillation to bring out the flavours of their potential cocktail ingredients.
Create the right products, not the easy ones
While other gins coming out of Scotland at the time tended to be earthy and spicy, the team behind Porter's Gin sought to do the opposite. The move toward refreshing and crisp led them to the world of citrus. After experimenting with different types for the better part of a year, they landed on an ancient citrus known as Buddha's Hand. In the words of Ben, this citrus is, "the love child between grapefruit and lemon sherbert."
From award winning bar, to award winning gin
To create the first bottle of Porter's Gin, the team spent a year amassing a library of distillates, slowly tweaking the recipe to match their desired flavour profile. Buddah’s hand is difficult to source, so they relied on Josh to contract farmers in China directly. After having just returned from 5 years in China, he was able to build these connections with his skills in Mandarin. This dedication, resourcefulness, and desire to balance innovation with tradition is what makes Porter's Gin so special.
The secret sauce
COLD-DISTILLED FOR A LIGHT & NATURAL FLAVOUR
The ingredients and the process work together
Those cold-distilled botanical distillates like Buddha's Hand in Porter's Modern Classic Gin or juicy passion fruit in Tropical Old Tom Gin—are married with other distillates then combined with high-quality, juniper led British gin for uniquely fresh, balanced bottles.