I was lucky enough to recently visit the Chase Distillery in Hereford. I’ve been looking at doing a Distillery tour for such a long time so the timing was absolutely perfect!
Chase farm is surrounded by stunning rolling countryside, so I decided to make a weekend of it. They have a beautiful hotel called Verzon House which is just around the corner from the Distillery. They include transport in some of their packages too.
It’s such an impressive farm from the minute you arrive. I was greeted by Chloe, who was our tour guide. She’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! She made the tour super special & provided us all with so much information about the Chase Family & the all-important process of creating their Vodka and Gin.
The thing I loved the most & noticed from the very beginning, is how the family is at the heart of everything they do. It’s so special to have William, Harry & James be so involved…So you know when you’re enjoying Chase, you’re supporting a Great British family farm!
They have around 57 team members. Meet some of the team here, including the ‘Head of Decisions’ (I’m intrigued….Adrian, can I have your job please!)
For such a big global brand it is a tight little team working hard creating your drinks from start to finish. Which I think is the most unique, special part of Chase.
“We hand finish all of our spirits. That way we know that a little bit of our passion is transported in that bottle. We hope you love it as much as we do!”
– Chase Distillery
The tour & tasting lasted just over 2 hours. It was engaging, fun & immersive all the way through! The journey starts as you get comfy on the Chase sofa’s and begin to learn about Will’s history & how Chase was born.
You then start the hands-on tour, where you learn about the different steps from Field to Bottle
Step 1: Potato Farm – It’s here that they grow King Edward and Lady Claire potatoes for the distillery, as well as cider apples for their Naked Chase Apple Vodka and Williams Gin. It’s this single-estate approach that makes them so different – something you can taste in their award-winning vodka.
Step 2: Fermentation – They start by mashing up the potatoes and apples, which are all harvested from the fields and orchards surrounding the farm. The apples are sweet enough to ferment naturally, but they add a brewer’s yeast to the potato mash to help it along the way.
Step 3: Distillation – They put the low alcohol wine from the fermentation stage into their bespoke copper batch pot and wait patiently as it’s distilled four times here and twice more in the rectification column. The column is the tallest of its kind in the world, at 70ft it rises through the roof of the barn!
Step 4: Bottling – After distillation, the raw spirit is tempered with water drawn from a source at the heart of the farm. Once it’s reached a much more drinkable 40% abv, they hand bottle their vodka and seal it with a handmade cork. The whole process, from farm to bottle, takes up to two weeks.
Step 5: Making Gin – Unlike most distilleries, they opt out of buying in a readymade neutral grain spirit. They use either Chase Original or Naked Chase Vodka as the base to Williams Gins. Gin made from Vodka, who knew?
Step 6: Sustainability – As farmers at heart they value our countryside, every inch of it, from field to bottle.
“It’s great fun seeing the raw materials we grow on our farm being turned into products that sit on the shelves of some of the world’s top bars.” – Harry Chase, Chase Farmer
There are little tasters along the way, but the real tasting comes at the end where you try four favourite Chase combinations & you have the chance to purchase your favourites.
I adore the Chase Elegant 48 Gin, Chase Rhubarb Vodka, Chase Elderflower Liqueur, William’s Seville Orange Gin, William’s Pink Grapefruit Gin, Chase Orange Marmalade Vodka….Basically all of them, I LOVE THEM ALL!
“Our passion? To bring you the best tasting Vodka and Gin our family can possibly make!
That’s our promise.” – Chase Distillery
I really did have the best weekend! Huge thanks to Chloe & the team at the Chase Distillery. I will be back!