The judges' decision is final... for now

Viola Trawler Post

3 December 2018

Adding gin tasting to “any other business” at the end of a meeting is a sure way to ensure people press on through the agenda, but there was nothing trivial about the last job of the day at the latest meeting of the trustees.

With Emma Kinton and Simon Pownall eager to start production of the specially-branded Viola gin at Hotham’s Distillery it fell to the trustees to make their selection.

Emma produced three different varieties of gin and the trustees embarked on a tasting session at their latest meeting at Andrew Jackson solicitors, who then drew up an agreement which will see the campaign receive a donation from every bottle sold.

The trustees opted for a traditional Old Tom-style gin, but the other candidates – a London Dry gin and a citrus gin – may yet reappear as discussions continue about offering a range of Viola gins, including a more potent Navy Strength version.

Emma and Simon are taking orders now for Christmas and into the New Year and the trustees will announce details soon of a Viola gin launch event.

To find out more about Hotham’s and to place an order for Viola gin please call in at the distillery in Hepworth's Arcade, Hull, or visit

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