The Story of Fords Gin

Distilled in London

Fords Gin is a collaboration between 8th generation Master Distiller Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillers and Simon Ford of The 86 Company, which is dedicated to creating spirits designed in unison with professional bartenders and celebrated distillers from around the world.

A thoughtful mix of nine botanicals, Fords Gin starts with a traditional base of juniper & coriander seed balanced by citrus, florals and spices. Steeped for 15 hours before distillation, the botanicals deliver an aromatic, fresh and floral spirit with elegant notes of jasmine and grapefruit that creates a versatile base for any gin-inspired cocktail.

A Gin made for cocktails

The journey to create Fords Gin began on cocktail napkins in the world’s greatest bars. As the resident “gin guru” of The 86 Company with over 20 years of experience in the drinks business, Simon Ford found himself having countless conversations with fellow bartenders about the need for a go-to cocktail gin — a “Jack of All Trades”. Bartenders wanted a versatile spirit that could be used in any gin-based cocktail, no matter what ingredients the recipe called for.

With some of the biggest names in the bar community by his side, Simon drew out flavour maps of botanicals on scraps of paper and then worked with them to match each one to a classic gin cocktail. These exercises began the process of determining the flavours that would be crucial to the formula and truly bring the versatility of Fords Gin to life.

A true collaboration between two dedicated craftsmen

Simon Ford and Master Distiller Charles Maxwell worked arduously for over two years to find the perfect balance of botanicals & oil content that would allow Fords Gin to shine in any cocktail and become the go-to gin for all bartenders.

Highest Recommendation

Crystalline and flawlessly pure. Entry is pleasingly viscous and silky and the dominant tastes are juniper and citrus, in particular, orange peel; mid-palate features a chorus of flavors that meld beautifully into a sophisticated, integrated finish of elegance and harmony. Easily, one of the best gins I’ve reviewed over the last two years.

F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal
December 2012