We’d been following ’58 Gin’ for a while on Twitter and took great pleasure in seeing the beginnings of a business and brand. Through the posts and photos made online, we were able to share the joy of owner, Mark Marmont, when a premises was secured and we witnessed the transformation of an empty railway arch in part of a vibrant business and arts community into a clean and bright distillery, making a boutique, hand-crafted gin. So it was with great excitement that we visited Mark in February 2015 and got to taste ’58 Gin’ for the first time.
Mark Marmont is an energetic and enthusiastic character, whose passion for life makes you believe that he would make a success of anything. Born and bred in Australia, he was a successful Dive Master and Boat Skipper as well as having a background in science and laboratory work. In 2007, Mark decided to spread his wings and flew to London where, within a couple of weeks, he fell in love and a new future began. Settling in Angel, Islington, Mark discovered the world of mixology and bespoke cocktails. With one of the best taking him under his wing, Mark decided to explore the art of distilling spirits and decided to make his own Gin.
’58 Gin’ is perfectly made for cocktails as for serving on ice with simple mixers. Its smooth and creamy taste provides the necessary ‘juniper’ hit but with gentle warmth from coriander seed, cubeb pepper, angelica root, orris root and vanilla. Zesty lemon, grapefruit and bergamot complete the tight package of botanicals. Producing about 80 bottles per batch, Mark has carefully honed his recipe and he proudly shared his creation with us neat, as part of a delicious Negroni and as a Dry Martini.
We were curious to find out more about the design of the label and the development of the brand. Taking inspiration from the era of Prohibition, the 1930s, Mark sketched out an initial design which was brought to life by Mo Coppoletta, a highly sought-after designer and tattoo artist. Taking the branding of the label to the next stage, business neighbour Mike Kammerling brought the design to its final incarnation with a subtle and refined petrol blue design on a clear bottle with matching wax top. Hand-crafted and hand-labelled, marked with the batch and bottle number, you know you have something of quality.
Mark has exciting plans to welcome more interested visitors to the distillery so that they can touch and smell the raw ingredients (he is also preparing his own fruit peel using a dehydrator) and see the distillation process in action. In the meantime, ’58 Gin’ is finding a home in more and more London bars and Mark’s presence at events and shows is further raising the profile of this authentic and genuinely individual gin.
We were rather taken with Mark’s passion and belief in his product and we very carefully cradled our bottle of ’58’ all the way back home to join the other marvellous gins in our Cabinet. You can contact Mark directly through his website or visit Merchant House in the City to buy your own.go back