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Wessex Spirits

Muddy says: Allelujah! Andover finally has its very own gin tasting room, the perfect spot to sample Wessex Spirits’ stable of fabulous, erm, spirits: hand crafted, local and (far too) smooth on the palate.

Pink bottles of gin.

If you like a good back-story, try this one on for size.

Kate Griffin was a teacher, had kids, found teaching didn’t mix well with family life, decided to shift career. So far, so normal.

Not so normal, was Kate’s solution to her career conundrum: set up production in her Grandad’s kitchen

Yes, you read correct. While some Grandparents might unload the dishwasher now and then, or even pick the kids up from school, Kate’s helped her make 80% proof spirits and launch what is now a thriving business. Muddy’s kind of people.


Wessex Spirits

Whether you’re a gin lover or not, you need to try one of Kate’s tipples.  Distilled with herbs sourced from a local chef, Test Valley Gin won this year’s Best Local Food Producer Muddy Award, elsewhere you’ll find Spire Gin and Summer Solstice Gin all under the new banner of Wessex Spirits.


Tasting Room

Cue the trumpets! Wessex Spirits also has a brand new tasting room in Andover, with interiors by fellow Muddy Award winners La Di Da.  Alternatively, you’ll find all three gins stocked in good local farm shops and delis *cue cheesy grin*. If you’re buying online head to fellow Muddy LBBers The Gin Stall.


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