In 2008 William Chase, the man behind Tyrrells, founded Chase Distillery.
Set in a 400-acre estate in Herefordshire (a county that boasts some of the richest farmland in the world) Single-Estate Chase Distillery remains family owned. To this day the Chase family grows all its own King Edward and Lady Claire potatoes for the distillery. William prides himself on his family business model and every batch of spirits is signed off by a family member. Today, his sons play a key role in the business. Harry, his eldest, runs the farm in Herefordshire while James, as the global brand ambassador, travels the world spreading Chase’s Single-Estate message.
‘We’re one of the very few family-run and owned drinks brands operating in this very saturated market place,’ says William, ‘and this small operation keeps us from getting lost in the corporate bubble.’
The distillery is housed in a converted hop-kiln barn. Chase adopts traditional methods, using a bespoke copper batch pot, Europe’s tallest rectification tower, which stands at 70 feet, and a beautiful carterhead-style still called ‘Ginny’. Unlike other distilleries, no neutral grain spirit is used in the production of Chase spirits. Chase uses a highly skilled, artisanal distillation process that has not changed since the 1900s. Each Chase bottle is hand-filled and sealed on-site, ensuring an entirely Single-Estate process from field to bottle.
Chase now makes a wide selection of vodkas and gins but is best known for its hero products, its original Chase Vodka and Chase GB Gin. Chase Vodka is of exquisite quality and is made from home-grown potatoes and water from Chase’s own borehole. Two-hundred and fifty potatoes go into the making of every bottle and it is distilled 114 times for a pure, rich taste. The vodka is so versatile that it can be paired with virtually anything, but Chase recommends combining with soda water, fresh lemon juice and Chase Elderflower Liqueur for a refreshing tipple.
Chase GB was developed to be aromatic, full bodied and pack a punch. Its driest of dry finishes is made by adding juniper buds and berries to Chase Vodka in the belly of ‘Ginny’, the copper carterhead-style still.
Wild botanical infusions of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, almond, coriander, cardamom, cloves, liquorice and lemon give the gin its distinctive spicy flavour. Chase recommends serving it as a classic GB&T with plenty of ice and a slice of fresh ginger to enhance the natural flavour of the botanicals.
They now export their award-winning spirits to over 50 countries worldwide and in 2010 Chase won the title of ‘World’s Best Tasting Vodka’ and, in 2016, its Chase GB Gin was voted ‘double gold’ at The San Francisco World Spirits Competition ‘I truly believe it’s the rich, red Hereford soil and the Single-Estate mentality that have led to some of our spirits being named the world’s best,’ William says.
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