THE DYFI VALLEY
We are in an area home to some of the most diverse flora, cleanest water, darkest skies and lowest population in Europe. Add a fascinating community of people and it's perhaps no surprise that UNESCO have recognised Dyfi as a World Biosphere Reserve. This is the only Biosphere in Wales. This is where Danny, Pete and team forage for their botanicals.
DYFI GIN DISTILLERY
Hear this - our local gin distillery has won the Best British Gin trophy twice and was coined by one leading journalist as “the best gin in the world."
A BIT OF HISTORY
After two years of intensive research and experimentation, the Cameron brothers opened Dyfi Distillery in March 2016. Between 2016 and early 2019, we distilled in very small batches using two small 100-litre stills. After looking at options from all over the world, our preference lay with a specialist still maker in Colorado. We further customized the stills after shipping, so we could challenge one or two conventions, whilst respecting the best of tradition.
The result was what one commentator called precision-distilling. We developed and adapted techniques which allowed for maximum control over maceration temperatures, variable copper contact for distillation and much more besides.
The basis of our work is a sustainable blend of nature, science and family. For us, sustainability not only means respecting our fragile environment (which here in Dyfi is additionally protected by UNESCO), but also creating world-class gins so our small family business contributes to our local rural economy.
Pete Cameron is a hill farmer, forager, and beekeeper. He has lived and worked in the Dyfi region for over 30 years.
Danny Cameron, who will offer up the tasting is a highly experienced wine and spirits professional, and a regular judge at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards.