Chase spirits: created from field to bottle

We are delighted to partner up with the pioneers of field to bottle spirits, Chase Distillery. There is no other brand that shares our love of the British countryside more than Chase.

About Chase

Chase Distillery is a British field to bottle distillery, creating fine spirits from their farm in Herefordshire. Their range of gin and vodka is made entirely from scratch, growing potatoes and apples which are distilled into their range of spirits. The quality of their products isn't by chance. It takes meticulous dedication, craftsmanship and passion from their team.

Making Chase Gin

Unlike most distilleries, Chase make their gins from scratch rather than buying in a ready-made neutral grain spirit. People care about the terroir of their wines or the barrel aging of their whiskies, so why shouldn't they care about the traceability of their white spirits?

In their bespoke copper, carter head style gin still, Ginny, botanicals are both added into the belly of the still and vapour infused through the carter head chamber, giving different complexities to their gin. Often distilleries use botanicals to mask the base spirit in their gin, whereas Chase use their botanicals to draw out the best aspects, and their botanicals compliment the mineral earthiness found in their spirit. GB Gin is crafted by copper pot distilling Chase Vodka with 10 botanicals; juniper, coriander seed, bitter almond, cinnamon bark, ginger, cloves, angelica root, liquorice root, lemon peel, and cardamom.

The Field to Bottle Process

Chase start by peeling their potatoes, then they smash them into a pulp before transferring into their mash vessel. They heat the potatoes using steam and add some enzymes to help them break down the potato starch into sugars. They let their potatoes cool for a while and at exactly 27C they add their own special distillers yeast and pump it all into their fermentation tank.

Their mash is left to ferment for between 36 and 48 hours at a constant temperature, leaving them with around 9% ABV fermented potato mash. After this they separate the alcohols from the potato mash leaving them with low wines spirit at around 86% ABV. The spent mash is then used as field fertiliser on their farm or feed for their herd of Hereford Cattle.

The spirit is then run through the stars of the show, Fat Betty and Maximus their copper pot still and rectification column with 48 bubble plates. At this point, the spirit has reached the dizzying heights of 96% ABV and is well on its way to becoming Chase Vodka. After distillation, extracting the heart of the spirit, the distillers temper it down with water drawn from a source at the heart of the farm. Their distillery is a stone's throw away from the Malvern Hills - the home of the Queen's favourite water. Once it's reached a much more drinkable 40% abv, Chase bottle on site. The whole process, from field to bottle, takes up to two weeks.

Chase and Sustainability

Chase believe in a truly sustainable approach to farming and creating spirits, which is why they let nothing go to waste. They create our own energy from their own on site bio-boiler, Huxley; which is powered using the prunings from their apple orchards. All of their potato waste goes to fertilise their fields or feed their herd of pedigree Hereford cattle, and wherever possible, the fresh ingredients used in their products are sourced from the family farm or from local and trusted Herefordshire suppliers. As farmers at heart they value the countryside, every inch of it, from field to bottle

Visit Chase Distillery

Visit Chase distillery, nestled deep in the wonderful Herefordshire countryside, where their expert tour guides will take you through the secrets and skills that go into making their award-winning range of gin and vodka. You'll discover first-hand the traditional methods of mashing, fermenting and distilling their field to bottle spirits, which all takes place on the Herefordshire family farm. During the tour, you will enjoy; a Chase GB Gin & Tonic followed by a tutored tasting, and a zesty Pink Grapefruit Gin & Tonic to finish. Afterwards, you'll be able to browse our distillery shop and stock up on your favourite Chase spirits to enjoy at home.