The past couple of years have been challenging and what made it all the more difficult for me was the isolation. Previously we would have been out and about at events, having chats with fellow traders and distillers; airing problems, working together or just having a chat. So, back in Autumn I decided I wanted to get in touch with all my fellow gin companies in Devon to suggest a little project together - the Devon Gin Guide.
I contacted as many companies as I could find to see if they would be interested in collaborating together on a project to showcase the gins produced in Devon through a leaflet guide. Sixteen distilleries have come onboard covering the varied landscapes of the county; from the wild rugged northern coast to the sandy bays of the south coast, as well as the tors and moors of Dartmoor and Exmoor and farms of mid Devon.
I have been working with Studio de Ville, who are also based in Moretonhampstead, to create a beautiful map leaflet showing where each distillery is and what they offer. The leaflet is ready to go to print with Ashley House in Exeter so it is truly a Devon creation.
The leaflet will be distributed by each distillery to pubs, hotels, shops, TICs and visitor centres in their area. It will be free for everyone to enjoy and available in April.
To launch the leaflet, I will be personally delivering the leaflets to each distillery by sustainable transport - bike. My journey is going to take me from the very north of the county to the south with all the hills in-between! Those of you who know me will not be surprised at my desire to make a long trip by bike. There are reasons why there are two people on bikes within the back label of our Papillon Gin bottles!
You can follow my journey and find out more about the leaflet through Papillon’s social media or follow @devonginguide on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.