International Women’s Day: The Burleighs Distiller making her mark in the gin industry
The meteoric ‘gin boom’ is no secret with sales soaring high at over £2billion in 2019! The rise of craft distilleries across Britain has resulted in the emergence of female distillers making a lasting contribution to the gin market, including Burleighs Gin head distiller, Charlie Hendon.
Charlie’s career in the industry began working for the Derby Brewing Company, where she developed a passion for both brewing and distillation. Joining the Burleighs Gin team in 2018, Charlie found her feet under the guidance of Master Distiller, Jamie Baxter, before taking over distillation and new product development.
“It’s a great time to be a woman in the gin industry! A world that was predominantly led by men is now being shaped and influenced by women. The popularity of gin has opened so many opportunities for myself and others to hone our creativity and skills to create some incredible gins!”
Situated in the heart of Leicestershire’s Charnwood Forest, every single bottle of Burleighs Gin is hand-crafted and distilled by Charlie on a 450-litre copper pot still. Enjoyed across the globe as far as Malaysia & Thailand, it is the design of the still, careful sourcing of ingredients and great skill of the distiller that all contribute to the smooth nature of Burleighs products.
Charlie’s first creation as Burleighs Head Distiller, the limited edition Enchanted Woodland Gin, was released in January this year. A classic London Dry Gin distilled with bilberries, elderberry and lemon.
“My advice to any women looking to join the gin industry would be to go for it! Be confident and show willing to learn and you never know where your passion might take you. Being the head distiller of an international gin brand once felt a distant dream to me, but the sky really is the limit!”
If being a distiller sounds like your dream job, you can try your hand at the role by joining Charlie at the Burleighs Gin Academy. A unique insight into the world of the gin, enjoy behind the scenes access to the Burleighs Distillery before crafting your very own bottle of gin!