About company

Mermaid Gin is hand-crafted on the Isle of Wight using ten ethically sourced botanicals. A small batch spirit, it delivers a smooth yet complex blend of fresh organic lemon zest and peppery grains of paradise, with a hint of sea air from locally foraged, fragrant rock samphire – for a refreshing and invigorating serve.

The other botanicals are sourced by a father & son partnership visiting families and farmers around the world. This gives us the peace of mind that we select the best quality, ethically traded ingredients.

Working with column stills for a smoother spirit, the process is tightly controlled capturing only the hearts of each batch – the sweet spot of any distillation.  This avoids the harsher elements found in the heads and tails to create a pure gin that is perfectly balanced. Mermaid is then rested for seven days to let the flavours mellow and marry and only then cut back to 42% abv with pure island spring water.

The name Mermaid was inspired by the local name for rock samphire, our lead botanical, ‘mermaid’s kiss’.   Rock samphire grows above the high tide line, but never far from it.  The fortunate among shipwrecked sailors and smugglers who were washed up on the Island’s shoreline hauled themselves (and their illicit contraband) up the beaches until they could smell the subtle aroma of rock samphire.  This was a signal they were safe from the ravages of the sea and the rising tide behind them.  It was a moment of huge relief – like the kiss of the mythical mermaid, saving lost sailors, the rock samphire was a sign they were safe from raging sea and approaching tide, on dry land.

The first and only distillery on the Isle of Wight was licensed in 2014 by friends Xavier Baker and Conrad Gauntlett. Combining a wealth of experience in brewing and wine-making with locally sourced ingredients, they have created a range of premium spirits that express the beauty and character of the island they love.

The Isle of Wight Distillery is committed to environmentally friendly production, the preservation of the island and the marine environment. The selection of sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable materials, together with energy-efficient production drives our goal of a no-plastic, zero-carbon future.

Mermaid Gin features a premium natural cork stopper and biodegradable tamper-proof seal, with no single use plastic at point of purchase.

Awards

IWSC Design Award - Gold

Bartender Brand Award Design - Silver

Great Taste Award - 2 Stars

Bartender Brand Award Taste - Silver

UK Stockists

•   Marks & Spencer

•   Master of Malt

•   John Lewis

•   Harvey Nichols

•   World Duty Free

 

International Stockists

•   MBG

•   Tekbar

•   LCBO

Market Information

Active Export Markets (Europe)
Denmark, Spain, Germany, Italy

Active Export Markets (Rest of the World)
Australia, Canada

Target Export Markets (Europe)
Czech Republic, Portugal, France, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands

Target Export Markets (Rest of the World)
Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, United States