The Henley Distillery is made up of a small team whose energy and passion is infectious. Each member brings their own strengths and we have built on the foundation of a family unit to form a supportive, solid structure of people who love what they do. Team meetings usually involve several bouts of belly-laughing and end with pizza and gin.
Jacob has spent his career making a name for himself in the spirits industry. Since running pop-up bars at university, his thirst for knowledge has not yet been quenched and he has worked his way up the distilling ladder, learning his trade at highly respected operations around the country.
At only 28, Jacob has now funnelled his passion, refined his exquisite palate and harnessed his intricate experience and knowledge of the distilling process to go into partnership with his father and realise his dream of creating his own spirits, in his own distillery, doing it his own way.
Jacob is Henley-born and has brought his dream venture back to his home town. As the son of local artists, Jacob has inherited not only his parents’ love of gin but their passion for hand-crafted quality. Our stills have been affectionately named after Jacob’s Grandfathers, Mac and Tony, both highly respected locals and the rotund, copper vessels are not only the heart of the distilling process but stand proud at the heart of the distillery itself.
Henley Gin - The Method
300l gleaming copper alembic stills ‘Tony & Mac’ are heated over open flames giving Jacob complete control over each of the genuinely small batches. There are no industrial rectifying columns here, nothing is chill-filtered and each bottle of the single-shot sipping gin is hand-filled, hand-labelled, hand-numbered and sealed with pride.
Jacob makes the cuts by taste, not machine. He runs the stills to the point at which they produce the optimum flavour and there starts the heart of the batch. The heads and tails are discarded and Henley Gin is the premium spirit that remains.
As well as developing his own brand in Henley Gin, Jacob also shares his energy and passion with others as part of his contract distilling venture. Jacob is creating global award-winning spirits for brands, big and small across the UK.
To learn more about the distilling process from a Head Distiller and taste the kind produced at The Henley Distillery, why not take advantage of one of our Tour and Tasting sessions or even our fully-immersive Henley Distillery Gin Experience.