It all started back in 1999 when Jon Hillgren went to London together with a few friends to start working as bartenders. He quickly discovered gin and instantly fell in love with it. During the years that followed, his passion for the drink evolved into gin crafting, and after copious amounts of gin tasting, academic studies and technical visits to distilleries around the world, Jon finally founded the Hernö Gin Distillery in 2011. At the time it was Sweden’s first dedicated gin distillery and the world’s northernmost gin distillery. As testament to Jon’s dedication and passion for creating beautiful gin, Hernö was recently crowned the Gin Grand Master for the 2nd time. The distillery is located in the village of Dala just outside the City of Härnösand in Ångermanland, Sweden. All part of the UNESCO world heritage area called The High Coast, it is an area of real natural beauty. Jon takes inspiration from this beauty to create a truly organic, artisan gin with the finest botanicals. To stay true to its Swedish heritage, the distillery is built in a traditional Swedish manor in wood painted in red and white. Hernö Gin has a fantastic history of great achievements at the IWSC. Only the last year Hernö Gin Distillery was awarded Boutique Distiller of the Year, the Contemporary Gin Trophy and two Gold Outstanding. At this year’s competition Hernö Gin was awarded the prestigious GIN & TONIC TROPHY as well as a Gold Outstanding, a Gold medal and five more medals. The International Wine and Spirits Competition is the largest and most prestigious spirits competition in the world.
Hernö Old Tom Gin is made from the same distilled gin as Hernö Gin and Hernö Navy Strength Gin except Hernö Old Tom Gin has an extra amount of Meadowsweet in the distillation and after diluting it down to 43% a touch of honey is added. The sweetening of Old Tom lifts the floral notes, releases an array of juniper and makes it even smoother on the finish.