The couple with the plan to put Suffolk on the map, one gin bottle at a time!

Keshavee Sooriah
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Meet husband and wife team, Martyn and Karen Luke who in February 2018 turned their dream to reality by launching their very own distillery. The Heart of Suffolk Distillery, which as you guessed right, is based in Suffolk, produces gin with their signature product being Betty’s Gin named after Karen’s mother who shared the same love and enjoyment of a good quality gin. The other gin brands within their portfolio include Rosie’s Gin and Ivy’s Gin.

The Bacton-based couple lovingly pot distil small batches of a London Dry style gin with nine carefully chosen hand-crushed botanicals to create the modern, unique and refreshing taste.

The bijou distillery is based in Finbows Yard, Bacton, itself an independent Suffolk icon. It is open to the public and offers a relaxed and hospitable welcome for those wanting to enjoy a sample and purchase a bottle of the hand-crafted gin. Martyn and Karen have also sourced other products for the small retail unit which they believe will enhance the customers’ experience when they visit.

The clean line image which the Heart of Suffolk Distillery has strived for has been reflected in our signature gin. Betty’s Gin is a pot-distilled gin feeling modern, fresh and crisp to the palette.  It is styled on a London Dry Gin, has a slight orange undertone, and is best served with a slice of orange, a handful of ice, and a premium tonic water. This complements the nine carefully chosen botanicals that are used to create a unique, modern and refreshing taste.

Throughout the year, Heart of Suffolk Distillery will also be distilling and distributing limited-edition gins; further demonstrating the passion our family-run business has for producing high-quality products and exceeding customer expectations. The Heart of Suffolk Distillery makes real gin for real people. Each batch of around 65 bottles is hand-signed and numbered by master distiller Martyn who believes that when he signs each bottle he puts a piece of himself into each bottle.

If you love film, you will love the fact that Betty’s Gin has signed a  one-year bronze sponsorship deal with the upcoming National Film Awards taking place in London on the 1st of July. The Gin brand will be sampled and marketed at the event which will include naming rights to a category. We believe that the only way is up for The Heart of Suffolk distillery as they continue growing, expanding, and innovating. 

For more info, check out their official Website or Instagram

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