Where would the Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society have been without Isola’s infamous gin? Perhaps they wouldn’t have even formed their lifelong friendships … And they certainly wouldn't have had so much fun!
While alcohol was scarce during the war, today there is an abundance of locally produced alcohol and fine-drinking establishments to visit - whether you are a fan of craft beers or artisanal gin. Gin lovers must try one of Guernsey’s very own boutique gins while visiting.
You can even take a Gin Tasting Tour at the Bella Luce Hotel and create your own uniquely infused gin to remind you of your trip.
Meet The Gin Makers - Wheadon’s Gin
Widely stocked throughout the Island, this artisan gin takes inspiration and ingredients from the Island’s maritime environment, giving it a unique and authentic local taste. Luke Wheadon, the proprietor of Wheadon's gin, explains - “I draw a lot of inspiration from our island home and each infusion features a key ingredient that I source locally, so Wheadon’s really is a taste of Guernsey.”
Luke takes a truly hands-on approach to crafting Wheadon's Gin and can sometimes be found foraging on the south coast for rock samphire to infuse his infamous Rock Samphire and Pink Grapefruit Gin. He also works with a local horticulturalist who grows an incredible range of rare citrus plants in large glass houses on the Island.
Produced in traditional copper stills in the atmospheric cellar lounge of the Wheadon families’ boutique hotel, The Bella Luce, the micro-distillery is a beautiful location to visit and to find out more about the origins of your favourite G&T.
Having over a hundred years experience within the drinks industry and keen to share their passion, the Bella Luce offers a fantastic Gin Experience that includes learning the history of gin, breaks down the Botanicals of your favourite flavours and gives you the opportunity to decide upon your own unique blend to distill your own personalised infusion of gin to take away.
The Bella Luce is currently closed for refurbishment, but be sure to check back when they re-open their doors.
Meet The Gin Makers - Blue Bottle Gin
The award-winning Blue Bottle Gin is another boutique gin distilled within the Island that draws inspiration from the beautiful coastline for its handcrafted taste. Alongside the traditional juniper, drinkers can delight in the tropical (almost coconut) scent of the local gorse flowers, which annually turn the Guernsey cliff tops into fields of bright gold. These flavours are complimented alongside the sweetness of nutmeg and hint of cubeb pepper.
Blue Bottle Gin is the creation of head distiller, Matt, whose interest in Gin and passion for the craft of distilling was rewarded when he was made a Scholar and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. Blue Bottle Gin can be found at various bars and restaurants throughout Guernsey.
Our Recommended Spots To Try A Local Gin
The Old Government House Hotel Have a classic cocktail in one of the longest standing 5-star hotels in Guernsey.
Bella Luce Hotel Experience a Wheadon’s Gin and tonic where it was made, in Bella Luce’s cellar lounge.
The Hook and Sling A large choice of gin complete with amazing views over St Peter Port Harbour.
Koi Koi This hidden bar and restaurant has a wide variety of gins, all on display behind the bar.