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Sacred Spirits (previously known as Sacred Microdistillery) is a microdistillery in Highgate, London. It is unusual in that it distills its spirits under a vacuum in glassware, and thus at a lower temperature than traditional pot stills, which operate at atmospheric pressure. The microdistillery operates out of the back room of a residential house, with a vacuum plant in a wendy house in the distiller's back garden. It is an authorised Customs and Excise distillery.

Sacred Spirits
TypePrivate
Industrymicrodistillery & Distillation
Founded2009
FounderIan Hart and Hilary Whitney
HeadquartersLondon
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsGin Vodka Exotic Distillates
Websitesacredgin.com

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Sacred Spirits was established in London in 2009; it is the only vacuum distillery in London. Sipsmith Distillery in Hammersmith started at a similar time, but is an atmospheric pressure copper pot. Sacred Microdistillery was launched by Ian Hart and Hilary Whitney initially as a pure Gin distillery, but this has now branched out into flavoured vodkas, such as Sacred Vodka, produced using the same process.

Ian Hart, who had previously worked as a Wall Street banker, was laid off in 2008. After his layoff, he began to conduct tests on making gin starting in September 2008. After conducting 23 gin-making experiments, he made the initial batch of Sacred Gin on May 22, 2009, and founded Sacred Spirits. The recipe, which had 12 botanicals including juniper, cardamom, nutmeg, and Boswellia sacra, had a "fresh, creamy and aromatic quality" according to Tina Brown in her book Gin: An Illustrated History. Sacred Gin received a Double Gold Medal during the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Eric Grossman wrote in his book Craft Spirits that "Sacred has turned gin on its head by favoring vacuum distillation instead of traditional pot distillation". The distillery is in Highgate, North London in Ian Hart's house. His wife, Hilary Whitney, operates the company with him. People from 17 countries purchased 34,000 bottles of gin from the company in 2014. Sacred Spirits also has created vodka, whisky, vermouth, and negroni products.

Sacred Microdistillery is based on a residential street in North London. It distributes its products to over 50 bars and restaurants in North and Central London, This includes Duke's Bar in St James's, where Ian Fleming invented the Vesper cocktail. It is also stocked by Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly, and Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Oxfordshire, and Gerry's of Old Compton Street.

The distiller started on a small scale, and personally delivered stock to local bars and restaurants on London's tubes and buses before acquiring an on-trade distributor, Coe Vintners.

Sacred Microdistillery's first two spirits are Sacred Vodka and Sacred Gin, both of which are produced in small batches of a few hundred bottles a time, from English Grain Spirit. Each batch is made with two or three fractions: the initial one is collected under glass coils cooled with iced water (about 0 °C), the middle is collected under a cold finger cooled to -89 °C with dry ice (solid CO2), and the final fraction is collected under liquid nitrogen under a cold finger at -196 °C. The separately distilled botanicals therefore produce 2-3 fractions each, which are blended as the final part of the process.

Sacred Gin is 40% ABV. It uses 12 botanicals including: Juniper, Angelica Root, Fresh Orange Peel, Fresh Lemon Peel and Fresh Lime Peel, Cardamom. and Frankincense.

Sacred Vodka is 40% ABV. It is a wholly redistilled flavoured vodka using 7 botanicals including: Cubeb, Angelica Root, Nutmeg, and Frankincense.

In his book Craft Spirits, Eric Grossman praised Sacred Gin for being "a beautifully balanced spirit". Writing in his book The Book of Gin about Sacred Gin, Richard Barnett said, "there's a remarkable clarity and intensity of flavor here, balanced with a fragrant creaminess" and "this is a gin which can be nosed and sipped like a good wine".

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Sacred Spirits
Sacred Spirits Language Watch Edit This article contains content that is written like an advertisement Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external links and by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view June 2021 Learn how and when to remove this template message Sacred Spirits previously known as Sacred Microdistillery is a microdistillery in Highgate London It is unusual in that it distills its spirits under a vacuum in glassware and thus at a lower temperature than traditional pot stills which operate at atmospheric pressure The microdistillery operates out of the back room of a residential house with a vacuum plant in a wendy house in the distiller s back garden It is an authorised Customs and Excise distillery Sacred SpiritsTypePrivateIndustrymicrodistillery amp DistillationFounded2009FounderIan Hart and Hilary WhitneyHeadquartersLondonArea servedWorldwideProductsGin Vodka Exotic DistillatesWebsitesacredgin com Contents 1 History 2 Products 3 Reception 4 References 5 External linksHistory EditSacred Spirits was established in London in 2009 it is the only vacuum distillery in London 1 Sipsmith Distillery in Hammersmith started at a similar time but is an atmospheric pressure copper pot Sacred Microdistillery was launched by Ian Hart 2 and Hilary Whitney initially as a pure Gin distillery but this has now branched out into flavoured vodkas such as Sacred Vodka produced using the same process Ian Hart who had previously worked as a Wall Street banker was laid off in 2008 3 After his layoff he began to conduct tests on making gin starting in September 2008 3 4 After conducting 23 gin making experiments he made the initial batch of Sacred Gin on May 22 2009 and founded Sacred Spirits 3 The recipe which had 12 botanicals including juniper cardamom nutmeg and Boswellia sacra had a fresh creamy and aromatic quality according to Tina Brown in her book Gin An Illustrated History 4 Sacred Gin received a Double Gold Medal during the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition 3 Eric Grossman wrote in his book Craft Spirits that Sacred has turned gin on its head by favoring vacuum distillation instead of traditional pot distillation 3 The distillery is in Highgate North London in Ian Hart s house 4 5 His wife Hilary Whitney operates the company with him 3 People from 17 countries purchased 34 000 bottles of gin from the company in 2014 6 Sacred Spirits also has created vodka whisky vermouth and negroni products 4 Sacred Microdistillery is based on a residential street in North London 7 It distributes its products to over 50 bars and restaurants in North and Central London 8 This includes Duke s Bar in St James s where Ian Fleming invented the Vesper cocktail 9 It is also stocked by Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly and Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons in Oxfordshire 1 and Gerry s of Old Compton Street The distiller started on a small scale and personally delivered stock to local bars and restaurants on London s tubes and buses 10 before acquiring an on trade distributor Coe Vintners 8 Products EditSacred Microdistillery s first two spirits are Sacred Vodka and Sacred Gin both of which are produced in small batches of a few hundred bottles a time from English Grain Spirit Each batch is made with two or three fractions the initial one is collected under glass coils cooled with iced water about 0 C the middle is collected under a cold finger cooled to 89 C with dry ice solid CO2 and the final fraction is collected under liquid nitrogen under a cold finger at 196 C 11 The separately distilled botanicals therefore produce 2 3 fractions each which are blended as the final part of the process 12 Sacred Gin is 40 ABV It uses 12 botanicals including Juniper Angelica Root Fresh Orange Peel Fresh Lemon Peel and Fresh Lime Peel Cardamom 13 and Frankincense Sacred Vodka is 40 ABV It is a wholly redistilled flavoured vodka using 7 botanicals including Cubeb Angelica Root Nutmeg and Frankincense Reception EditIn his book Craft Spirits Eric Grossman praised Sacred Gin for being a beautifully balanced spirit 3 Writing in his book The Book of Gin about Sacred Gin Richard Barnett said there s a remarkable clarity and intensity of flavor here balanced with a fragrant creaminess and this is a gin which can be nosed and sipped like a good wine 14 References Edit a b Gerrard Neil 2010 02 05 The Still Life Caterer and Hotelkeeper Archived from the original PDF on 2010 02 20 Retrieved 2010 02 20 Life after the City Ian Hart eFinancialNews 2010 01 11 Archived from the original on 2010 02 20 Retrieved 2010 02 20 a b c d e f g Grossman Eric 2016 Craft Spirits Know the Makers Infuse Your Own Create New Cocktails New York Penguin Random House pp 70 71 ISBN 978 1 4654 4384 7 Retrieved 2021 06 01 a b c d Brown Tina 2018 Gin An Illustrated History Stroud Amberley Publishing ISBN 978 1 4456 8006 4 Retrieved 2021 06 01 Knoll Aaron 2015 Gin The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival London Jacqui Small The Quarto Group ISBN 978 1 910254 43 1 Retrieved 2021 06 01 Stephenson Tristan 2016 The Curious Bartender s Gin Palace London Ryland Peters amp Small ISBN 978 1 84975 701 0 Retrieved 2021 06 01 Urban foodie visits Sacred Microdistillery Urban foodie 2009 12 06 Archived from the original on 2010 02 20 Retrieved 2010 02 20 a b List of bars and restaurants serving Sacred Spirits Sacred Spirits Company Archived from the original on 2010 02 20 Retrieved 2010 02 20 Small is Beautiful Sacred Gin Imbibe November 2009 Archived from the original PDF on 2010 02 20 Retrieved 2010 02 20 Culshaw Jenny 2009 07 30 New gin distilleries for London BBC Archived from the original on 2010 02 20 Retrieved 2010 02 20 Making mother s ruin 2 0 Wired November 2009 Archived from the original on 2010 02 20 Retrieved 2010 02 20 Purves Nick 2010 01 09 Sacred Gin The London Word Archived from the original on 2010 02 20 Retrieved 2010 02 20 Culshaw Jenny BBC s Jenny Culshaw visits Sacred Gin Microdistillery for Working Lunch YouTube video Working Lunch BBC Retrieved 2010 02 20 Barnett Richard 2011 The Book of Gin A Spirited History from Alchemists Stills and Colonial Outposts to Gin Palaces Bathtub Gin and Artisanal Cocktails New York Grove Atlantic ISBN 978 0 8021 9409 1 Retrieved 2021 06 01 External links EditOfficial website Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sacred Spirits amp oldid 1032252481, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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