Welsh gin made with ‘biosphere’ botanicals

Mid-Wales’s first ever commercial distillery has launched a gin made with 19 botanicals foraged from a Unesco ‘biosphere’ site.

Dyfi Distillery Pollination Gin uses 28 botanicals, 19 of which are indigenous to the Dyfi Biosphere Reserve (Photo: Dyfi Distillery)

The Dyfi Distillery, based near Machynlleth, Mid-Wales described its Pollination Gin a “sensory journey through Dyfi”.

The spirit is made with 28 botanicals, including 19 which have been foraged locally in the Unesco-recognised Dyfi Biosphere Reserve.

The Dyfi Distillery, the first ever commercial distillery in Mid-Wales, is run by brothers Pete and Danny Cameron, the latter of whom is also a director of Portuguese wine specialist importer Raymond Reynolds. It opened in March this year.

The Dyfi Distillery currently produces an Original Gin which is only available in the local area – part of the distillery’s commitment to Unesco’s Biosphere charter, which encourages locality and sustainability, Danny Cameron said.

Pollination is the second release from the distillery but will be marketed UK-wide and potentially for export.

Each of Dyfi Distillery’s gins features botanicals foraged from within the Unesco World Biosphere Reserve of Dyfi – including and is made in two custom-built stills built for “precision distilling” in Colorado, Cameron said.

Each still produces around 100 bottles per distillation.

“For Pollination Gin, we wanted to cast a wide net across the biosphere and harness some of the wildness of the valley,” said Pete Cameron.

“We use around 20 different foraged botanicals alongside some really fine classic gin botanicals. It’s a bit like conducting an orchestra, but the results are beyond our expectations.”

“This is where the precision-distilling techniques we developed become really important,” added Danny Cameron.

“We used a slightly different approach to how we make Dyfi Original Gin, so as to get the best out of both the more robust and also the more delicate botanical ingredients.”

Pollination Gin is currently available from the distillery shop at the Corris Craft Centre, near Machynlleth, but will be sold by leading wine and spirit merchants around the UK as limited stock becomes available.

Each bottle carries the distilling season, lot number and bottlers’ signature, and the distillery has a backlog of orders from gin collectors.

Danny Cameron said the new release gin is called Pollination “as a celebration of the natural cycle of nature”, and in reference to the floral botanicals – such as chamomile, meadowsweet, hawthorn flowers, elderflowers and gorse flowers – used in it. 

“Our dream with Pollination Gin was to produce something which is absolutely of its place: a sensory journey through the valley,” Danny Cameron said.

“And with Dyfi being recognised as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, this botanically diverse Garden of Eden where my brother has foraged, kept bees and hill farmed for 35 years seemed the perfect location to make gin with a sense of place.

So, in realising this, we looked at the latitude, microclimate and soils here, and what wild plants thrived here and could best contribute to a final blend. We have sought to not use non indigenous species so as to create as unique a fingerprint as possible.” 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Various Sales Roles (London, Brighton, Bristol, South Wales and East Midlands)

Amathus Drinks Plc
London, Brighton, Bristol, South Wales and East Midlands, UK

Sales Opportunities

Alliance Wine

International Logistic Manager

Wine Source Group
Central London, UK


The Observatory, Old Oak Common Lane NW10 6DX, UK

Sales Manager & Brand Ambassador for Central England

Salcombe Gin
Central England, home office with extensive travel , UK

Director of On-Trade & Prestige

Signium Executive Search
South East England ideally, UK

Brand Marketing Assistant

Hatch Mansfield
Ascot, UK

Regional Account Manager

Scotland, UK

Retail Assistant Manager

The Whisky Exchange

Retail Supervisor

The Whisky Exchange

The City Wine Show

London,United Kingdom
13th Apr 2018

Prosecco Springs

London,United Kingdom
26th Apr 2018

Spirits & More

19th May 2018
Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters.

Click to view more