Britain's best gin made from Lake District spring

A gin, which uses spring water from the Lake District, has won a national award making it Britain's best.

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The secret of Vince Wilkin's award-winning gin is all down to a stream of Lakeland spring water.

In fact he's just won an award, beating dozens of rival gins producers from all over the country.

Paul Crone has been to the source of the story.


A tonic for Lake District's gin maker

A gin, made with spring water from Cumbria, has been named the best in Britain.

Vince Wilkins, director of Spirit of the Lakes which produces the gin, says the most important thing about the gin is the water, which comes from a spring near Ennerdale in the Lake District.

Below, he explains the process of making the award winning gin.

High spirits for company as Cumbrian gin is named Britain's best

Vince Wilkins back in the Lake District with his two award-winning drinks from the Gin Masters in London Credit: Victor Gibson/Spirit of the Lakes

A gin, made with spring water from Cumbria, has been named the best in Britain.

Produced by the Spirit of the Lakes company, the Bedrock Gin beat 40 rival gins after a blind taste test by experts.

The gin earned a unique Masters award, which means it received at least 90 out of 100 marks from the judges. Vince Wilkins, the managing director of Spirit of the Lakes has said that the award is a 'real feather in in our cap'.

It is the first gin to be produced using natural water from a spring at the Lakeland hamlet of Croasdale near Ennerdale, which has produced drinking water for several centuries. It also contains oak bark from Cumbria as one of 13 botanicals gathered from around the world.

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