SIPPING ON TOP OF THE WORLD
WITH THE GIN CRAZE REACHING NEW HEIGHTS, ABER FALLS CREATES ‘SUMMIT’ TRULY CHARITABLE ON TOP OF WALES’ HIGHEST PEAK
Raising the bar, Aber Falls Whisky Distillery has just made history, by producing the first gin ever to be distilled at the top of Snowdon. Set to peak interest with the country’s gin connoisseurs, the one-off, limited-edition spirit will be auctioned off in aid of charity.
Putting their best foot forward, the Aber Falls team from Abergwyngregyn in North Wales, rose to the challenge to become the first to produce gin at 1,085 metres above sea level. With consumer thirst for ingredient provenance still growing, the team hand-picked botanicals from the mountainside on their hike to the top, to create a completely unique spirit.
With only one bottle ever to be produced, the aptly named ‘Summit Gin: Mountaineers Cut’, was distilled at the summit using a one-litre traditional copper pot still.
After a two hour distillation, Aber Falls Managing Director James Wright, presented Wales Air Ambulance with UK’s most exclusive gin; the money raised from its auction will go to the charity, which provides a free, life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for the critically ill and injured of Wales.
The distillers were also joined at the top by Bartender of the Year, and fellow Welshman Alex Mills (from Cardiff’s Lab22 bar), who created signature ‘summit’ serves inspired by Snowdonia.
The activity, made possible thanks to a local collaboration between Aber Falls Whisky Distillery and Snowdon Mountain Railway, reflects the distillery’s continued commitment to collaborating with and supporting local organisations.