Meet Our Supplier – Mother’s Ruin – Forman & Field
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Meet Our Supplier – Mother’s Ruin

31st May 2024

The Forman and Field team recently ventured down to Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace (i.e a 20 minute drive on the A12) to learn more about our suppliers incredible business. During our time there, we were treated to an amazing tour of their establishment and a tasting – which, intriguingly, was a hit among our team members.

The Gin we came to learn about has a wonderful history and after watching the marvellous distilling process, we wanted to share our experience with you in celebration of World Gin Day.

William Hogarth’s Gin Lane (1751) A depiction of Gin Obsessed London.

Where does the name Mother’s Ruin come from?

Mother’s Ruin has been used as a nickname and refers to gin’s infamous history and the effects gin-drinking seemed to have on English society. In the eighteenth century, gin was widely popular within the lower-class due it’s low price tag, high availability and potent outcomes. Unlike the traditional pubs and distilleries, gin joints allowed women to drink alongside men for the first time in history – making them extremely popular with mothers, daughters and all females alike. As a consequence, birth rates declined, mother’s began neglecting their children and most women could usually be found drunk in public (for the time first ever) – hence the nickname Mother’s Ruin.

How are their lovely Gin and Liqueurs made?

The entire distilling and production process happens in Walthamstow and is spearheaded by Siobhan, the company’s owner, who has been very hands on with every single part of the making process . Alongside her family, Siobhan hand-picks every berry and additional plant used in each flavour to ensure everything is of a superior quality and each bottle features an incredible flavour quality.

Why use clay bottles for gin?

Unlike most gin companies, Mother’s Ruin chooses traditional clay over glass bottles for their liqueur. This isn’t just a whimsical choice; there’s a practical reason behind it. The clay bottles serve to protect the precious liquid inside from sunlight and extreme temperature changes. Furthermore, clay’s porous nature allows for a unique interaction between the bottle and the liqueur, adding another layer of depth to its character – just another example of Mother’s Ruin commitment to tradition and quality.

Why do we work with Mother’s Ruin?

“We track exactly where each Sloes are from so we know which has been a good season and which has been a bad season – just so we can understand the different dynamics and ultimately ensure every Sloe Gin bottle we produce has an incredible flavour profile”

Siobhan

What did we take away from our visit?