Psychopomp Micro Distillery
The Guardian declared 2016 “the year of gin”, with UK sales topping 40 million bottles. That’s enough gin to make 1.12 billion G&Ts by the way*. Over the last few years, the number of micro gin distilleries has also increased exponentially and we’ve tried a fair few of them. But if we’re honest, micro distilled does not necessarily mean the product is good.
Psychopomp on St Michaels Hill in Bristol is one of the good ones. And we mean really good. We remember hearing about their little shop/bar/distillery last summer and being desperate to go. When we finally got there and took a sip of our G&T we were in love. Actually, it’s a good job that the writer went off on her travels because it was becoming a bit of a habit to stop in for one on the way home from work!
The Woden (their house gin) is our favourite. It’s a classic London Dry gin with fennel and grapefruit. It’s totally delicious and the zing of the citrus cuts through beautifully. Their shop seats around 15 people and they serve a tiny menu of G&Ts, Negronis and Martinis with your choice of their three or four current gins.
Look out for events and pop-up bars too as they occasionally run tastings and events. In fact, they’ve not long finished a five-week pop-up at The Old Bookshop across the city on North Street in Bedminster.
You’ll find Psychopomp gin in several of the best restaurants around the city with batches created to order. If you want some for yourself but aren’t in Bristol, you can also buy a bottle (or two) online. Look out for their coffee digestif and seasonal gins, too. Well worth trying.
By Alex Ryder, Bristol & Bath editor
*Figures according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association