Established in 1902 Langley’s Distillery was founded by a group of local publicans who wanted to earn a buck or two with the onset of the gin wave. The small community built the stills themselves and raised the distillery from the ground up. This was to be taken over in 1955 by the W. H. Palmer Group Ltd. The Palmers’ main purpose was not set on distillation but rather to do with chemical compounding. It was only in about 1920 when they bought over this distillery which had been lying dormant for a few years that they tested the water with distilling and found that there was no turning back; the gin tide had pulled them in. Today Langley’s is helped run by Adam Wallis Palmer the great great grandson of the original founder of the Palmer group having kept the company within the family since its very establishment – even through all of its expansion.
In Martin Miller’s eponymous gin, a sherbet orange dominates on both the nose and palate, disguising to some extent an otherwise bold, juniper character. Hints of liquorice, coriander and nutmeg linger in the background. There is a light cucumber edge and a sweetness that comes in part from the softness of the water which add to the overall complexity of the spirit.
Add Martin Miller's gin to tonic water, a squeeze of lime juice and basil leaf for the perfectly refreshing G&T.