The unique recipe for Rendle’s Original Gin was created and perfected by my father, a British officer who served 75 years ago in the Indian Army’s 16th Light Cavalry during WW2. When deciding where to produce our special pink gin, we carefully considered our options.
Given its origins, finding a distillery for our gin in India seemed appropriate – but since we intended initially to launch in North America, logistics were an overriding concern. Thus we plumped for Uncle Sam, which also had strong connections with my father.
Frank Rendle had a long and affectionate relationship with the United States. From 1962-75 he worked for Ludlow Jute, an American company whose head office was in Needham, Massachusetts. Frank would travel between India and the USA regularly and loved doing business there: he even thought about settling down in the States and particularly on the West Coast where indeed, I still have some first cousins who live in California to this day.
Once the decision was made, we were lucky to find a US distiller whose enthusiasm for faithfully recreating Frank’s recipe, and ability to produce batch after batch of superlative quality, clinched the deal. By sheer coincidence, the Master Distiller has family links to the same region in India as where my Father was stationed, therefore it seemed fitting that he was our man. This is our gin and we hope you will continue to enjoy it as much as we do.