Penwortham pair create Signature Edition gin in lockdown

Posted on - 30th March, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Leyland, Penwortham, South Ribble News
Liam (L) and Ellis (R) are proud of what they’ve created in lockdown

A Penwortham pair have been working hard for the past year, and are now ready to release their Signature Edition gin.


Ellis McKeown and Liam Stemson, founders of No.1 Fairham Gin, wanted to make their mark on the industry with a gin that represented their taste and love for the juniper-based spirit.

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They used the lockdown to turn their ideas into a reality.

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26-year-old Ellis said: “We’re huge gin fans, and it’s always been on our minds to make our own. Lockdown has given us the time to perfect it, and has allowed us to make our move into the craft gin market.”


The gin name is a nod to the address where the idea was thought up, and where the recipe of their Signature Edition gin was first infused.

The pair distil and package the gin at a unit in Leyland.

The pair decided to reach out to expert Gerard Macluskey, who agreed to be their Consultant Master Distiller.

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A renowned figure on the gin scene, Gerard has previously worked as assistant distiller at Tanqueray Gordon where he was involved in the development of the well-known Tanqueray No.10 Gin.

Since working with Gerard, they have been able to finalise their Signature Edition recipe.

Wanting to infuse the finest botanicals and exotic fruits, Liam and Ellis knew that the name, bottle and branding all needed to be in sync.

The pair have worked hard to turn their vision into a reality

Not only will you find a 100% vapour infused London Dry Gin in a No.1 Fairham Gin bottle, but you will also find an illustrative design that represents the flavour profile of the gin, with the bespoke design located on the front of the bottle and also on the inside of the bottom band to show the inspiration behind the unique flavour.

Titled as Penwortham’s Original, the pair are keen to highlight the area where they live and where the gin is from.

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They are interested in working with more local businesses, and hope to put their area on the map.

The packaging of the gin is 100 per cent plastic free as they are both environmentally conscious.

They hope to cut down the waste of unused fruit during the distilling process as the business grows too.

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