Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Morgan Motor Cars is to open an ‘experiential hub’ at Bicester Heritage, the organisation which is aiming to become the UK’s home of historic motoring has attracted another quality brand to the site.
Bucknall, Oxfordshire-based Sky Wave Gin, is to base its award-winning brand at a new headquarters at Bicester Heritage.
The new premises will offer visitors the opportunity to experience the production and tasting of Sky Wave Gin’s range of premium craft gins. The brand, which was named the World’s Best Contemporary Gin 2020 at the World Gin Awards in February, just 18 months after being launched, has echoes of the 1920s and 30s in its brand and label design, reflecting the same era which saw the rise in the romance of motoring and aviation, so prevalent throughout the architecture and fabric of Bicester Heritage.
Sky Wave Gin uses Blenheim Palace Natural Mineral Water in its gin, sourced from the Palace aquifer just 20 minutes away from the new distillery at Bicester Heritage.
The team behind Sky Wave Gin has long links with motoring in different forms, including hitching a lift across Europe in a Silver Wraith Mk II, driving a thirty year old Range Rover across the Sahara and owning an Aston Martin DB7.
The distillery will welcome gin enthusiasts to the new distillery in Building 105 at Bicester Heritage.
Rachel Hicks, co-founder and distiller at Sky Wave Gin, said, “This is a defining moment in the Sky Wave Gin story. We are thrilled to be moving in to such a historic site – our distillery is in a Grade 2 Listed workshop. It means we can finally open our doors to visitors, so watch this space for an exciting ‘distillery experience’ in the new year.”
Dan Geoghegan, Chief Executive of Bicester Heritage added, “Sky Wave Gin is a very welcome addition to the Bicester Heritage family, its commitment to craft production resonates well amidst our specialist community, whilst also adding to the allure of our regenerated historic RAF station: in fact, ‘Sky Wave’ seems like the perfect name for a stylish, aerodrome-based gin distillery. We are sure it will go down well with visitors.”