Where can I try it? Here at Nolton Corner, of course. We’ve also sent some samples to The Coach (Bridgend) & 1 Town Hall Square (Cowbridge)
Can I buy a bottle? Not just yet, sorry. To cut a long story short, all of our first batches are bottled in a prototype 50cl ceramic bottle, these were developed as a template, so we’re keeping them in house for the time being. Once we have our hands on the permanent bottles, we’ll be selling to both trade and retail… shipping UK wide.
Why the name? Why the cow? Why the white bottle? Well, our name is a simple nod to our connections with Bridgend (Pen-y-bont) and Cowbridge (Y Bont-faen) but the history behind our gin, our garnish and our bottle runs much deeper… into, believe it or not, milk!
After being founded by brothers in 1947, the hot summers of the 50s & 60s gave Bridgend Creamery a headache as the shelf-life of milk would naturally shorten. However, this gave them the idea to diversify. They adapted their bottling plant to produce an orange juice drink alongside milk, then sold it via their electric floats. The juice was an enormous success and rivalled dairy sales for many years.
The zesty orange flavour profile of Bont Gin and our recommendation of a slice of fresh orange as garnish is homage to that once famous pure orange juice. The cow on our label, our white bottle and the recyclability of it is a tribute to the creamery, it’s bottling plant and the durable, iconic British milk bottle.
What botanicals do you use? We use a secret blend of cassia bark, fresh orange peel and rosemary, amongst other things. We initially macerate for 22 hours, then we distill via vapour infusion for some of the more delicate flavours. We never add anything after distillation because Bont is Llundain Sych and likewise, to ensure Bont is of the highest quality we never use any distillates below 75%.
What kind of still do you use? Ours is a split top, rotating column copper alembic. Imported from Portugal.