How are British companies preparing for Brexit?

Spitfires are set to launch into Europe and beyond.

You may have noticed that our Spitfire Heritage emblem has striped up. The black and white stripes are not a mere branding statement, but a statement of intent.

Invasion stripes were alternating black and white bands painted on the fuselages and wings of Allied aircraft during World War II to reduce the chance that they would be attacked by friendly forces during and after the Normandy Landings.

Tuesday, 6 June 1944 marked the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

2019 the year of Brexit marks the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings. And therefore utterly appropriate for our Spitfires to launch into Europe and beyond sporting their invasion stripes.

So if your question is, how is this British company preparing for Brexit.

The answer is quite simple. We are applying our war paint Darlings!

Chin chin

How can I tell a really good gin?

How can you tell a really good gin?  Are all artisan gins great gins?

If you are asking these questions, then you’re about to start on a splendid journey, but first, you need to narrow down the field.

These days practically everyone in the business (apart from the mass producers) describes their gin is an ‘artisan’ gin.  ‘Artisan’ doesn’t actually mean a lot if it isn’t accompanied by the elements that support the claim.


ARTISAN: a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand.

“street markets where local artisans display handwoven textiles, painted ceramics, and leather goods”

 craftsman, craftswoman, craftsperson, skilled worker, mechanic, technician, operative, maker, smith, wright, journeyman;

 (of food or drink) made in a traditional or non-mechanized way using high-quality ingredients.

E.G.”Britain’s artisan cheeses”

 So here are three things to look for:

  • Single estate – so the gin ingredients are grown, distilled and bottled from one source. Most gins on the market are made from industrial spirit and, frankly, it is not very nice.
  • Small batch – actually made in small quantities for better quality control. With small batches of liquor it’s easy to remove the ‘nasties’ – the heads and tails – that are bitter, leaving only the sweet and sumptuous heart from which to build the most beautiful gin.
  • A master distiller who is a total legend. Take Dr John Walters for instance.  He is a world champion gin maker.  Oh, and did we mention, he makes our gin?

So if you don’t have these things,

  1. an acknowledged and acclaimed top-of-their-game craftsperson
  2. a traditional and non-mechanized method
  3. that uses high quality ingredients,

Then you haven’t got artisan.

Read labels carefully, looking for ‘small batch’ and ‘single estate.’  Google to find out who is doing the distilling and how they’re doing it.  The research will pay off.

Finally, check out where it is being sold and drunk.

Fancy labels and unusual bottles and liquor colourings aside, if you really want your gin to ‘chin chin’ with the premier league, put in a little research.  Paying a bit more for your gin will deliver big on taste and experience.  It also means you’re making an informed purchase when you invest your money in a bigger ticket bottle.  You won’t be disappointed.





Dry January is so yesterday. Here, at Spitfire Heritage Towers it was, of course, Ginuary and drought-free. Now it’s Fabruary, which is the same as Ginuary, only Fab-er.

Our top tips for this month are all about kissing, cuddling and quaffing something quintessentially English.

Yes, you are quite right Sherlock, thank you, Valentine’s Day does feature, however so does national (and international) kissing day. They don’t occur in February as such, (they’re July 6th), but you really need to be thinking about getting into training now. And it won’t hurt to pull out all the stops on a February 14th date night.

Incidentally the Spitfire Heritage Gin alternative kissing day has been officially declared. It’s the whole of June. Why? Because just saying the word ‘June’ puts your lips on the starting blocks and ready to go for multi tasking: 1. Sipping G&T and 2. Kissing your Honey.

Here we go then. Five things you shouldn’t be without this February as you prepare to pucker up:

  • Kissable lips > we recommend Celtic Herbal lip balms. An artisan (yes really, actually, properly artisan) product made from natural ingredients, no nasties, veggie friendly and cruelty free, just like Spitfire Heritage Gin. We like it because it softens one’s lips rather beautifully and doesn’t ‘flavour crash’ our gin. Apply frequently and you’re good to go.
  • We’ve had pay day. Time, if you haven’t already, to invest in those gin bowls you’ve had your eye on. You’ll only need two! They add gravitas, theatre and occasion to gin with a loved one. Serving a beautifully prepared G&T is a love token of the highest order. We know, we’re experts.
  • Someone to share it with. The moment, the experience, an authentic 1930s botanical kiss. That will be the gin, obviously. But hey, we’re all about getting you into the spirit of things. We suggest you watch some black and white movies for some tips on silver-screen techniques. Happily independent? Then fly solo and enjoy some full on me-time.
  • A special place. You have your squeeze, your gin bowls, ice and a twist of orange zest, yes? Then it’s time to find a great space to just be with each other. The Scandinavians are the happiest nations in the world, and they practice Hygge (pronounced Hoo Gah). It’s all about making things cosy, taking 21st century technology down a notch and concentrating on natural, calming and soothing surroundings. Short of hopping a plane to Denmark we suggest some cuddly throws and cushions at home, switching off the television in favour of some low-level music, a fire and some soft lighting or candles. The iphones are switched off and the facetime is real. Reconnect and enjoy.
  • Finally, as you taxi for take-off, don’t forget your bottle of Spitfire Heritage Gin and a healthy stash of Fever Tree tonic to add to your kissing event.
  • I said finally, but actually, if you’re trying to re-create a first kiss experience with your long-term partner, why not try this; huge fun. Score cards, like on Strictly Come Dancing. Also give two-weeks warning so you can both get in training before the big reveal. Not kissing anyone else obviously, but practicing in the mirror, and maybe giving the dog an affectionate peck. Three categories, all three to be delivered like you both mean it. The peck, the lingering lip kiss and the smooch. We’d like to suggest celebrities on those big chairs that turn around on The Voice (The Kiss) but we are far too classy, but if you have the budget and friends willing to take part, we’d love to see the video?

Happy kissing and enjoy Fabruary!

Why is Single estate important?

Spitfire Heritage Distillers are one of a handful of Single Estate Distilleries in England

Here’s why this is important…..

GIN is made from Vodka!

As a single estate distiller we sow, grow and harvest our own crop of sugar beet. Take it into the barn and distil it into our creamy smooth SUPERMAIRINE VODKA.

Most other small batch producers have to buy in their vodka from larger suppliers who distil on an industrial scale.

You can’t make perfect vodka on an industrial scale…

It’s all about the heads and tails.

The first fraction of product off the still is called the HEADS, the last fraction is called the TAILS.

The flavour of the vodka from the heads and tails is quite frankly horrid!

The bit in the middle is the HEART of the spirit.

The aim is to isolate the heart with no contamination either side from heads or tails

The larger the still, the larger the percentage of heads and tails.

We only distil in small batches, this allows us to rigorously remove the heads and tails. Leaving only the creamy delicious heart which we call Supermarine.

Our Gin starts with a perfect vodka…Not many can say that…

Spitfire Heritage Gin and Supermarine Vodka are distilled in the heart of Cambridgeshire in hand beaten copper stills, housed in a stunning 300 year old barn beside a duck pond.

How British is that?

It’s a good question. First of all, don’t entertain any gin distillery that buys in base alcohol from an outside source. Industrial base alcohol or ethanol cannot deliver the depth and smoothness which only a true artisan gin can.

The term you need to look for to ensure that your distiller is responsible for the whole process is Single Estate. If it doesn’t say single estate on the bottle, put it back down and move on. Don’t be conned by the term single batch, this pretty much stands for nothing.

Don’t be bedazzled by dozens of flavour scenarios. A truly great gin does not require bolstering with gimmicks, nor does it benefit from flavoured tonics. The best gin in Great Britain will stand up and fight for itself.

A classic botanical gin and tonic is 50ml of Spitfire Heritage Gin, 150ml of classic tonic, Fever-Tree is ideal, a twist of orange zest and don’t drown it in ice, three lumps are perfect.

Brand integrity

Many gins choose to trade on their locality. In fact, locality is all that they have to trade upon. Trading on your locality makes for an easy launch year with the local bars, restaurants and shops embracing any product no matter the quality because it carries the name of the city, town or village. But ultimately the liquid behind the label will have to be judged on merit.

To be considered the greatest gin of the nation, one must connect with the entire nation and hold a deep historical connection with Great Britain’s national identity.

Spitfire Heritage Gin pays tribute to the ladies of the ATA and the British icon that is the Spitfire.

Giving back to the Great British people

To truly embrace this nation, to be truly considered to be the gin of Great Britain, one must embrace the people and our history and in doing so accept a socially responsible agenda. Spitfire Heritage Distillers was created by The Spitfire Heritage Trust to help fund its work.

The Spitfire is much more than a vintage aircraft.

It is a Great British icon that symbolises the coming together of all the nations of the Commonwealth, as we stood together in defence of our common human values and freedoms.

The Spitfire Heritage Trust is robustly engaged in the strengthening of links and the development of programs that create opportunities, educate, celebrate and give thanks to our Commonwealth family of nations, and to our shared values that transcend culture, religion and gender.

Creating opportunities, Educating and Celebrating our futures born from our past.

SPITFIRE HERITAGE GIN is the Great Gin of Britain

A Single Estate Artisan Gin created in the spirit of the Spitfire, created to be the best.

Here’s to the greatest gin in Blighty… Chin Chin Darlings!