The journey of our founders is one of family, friendship and a passion to combine these elements to create a Gin that can be enjoyed internationally. Family is a big part of both our founders lives, and they wanted to draw on both the history of their families and combine this with their diverse cultural experiences.
Our founders had a shared interest and passion for wine and particularly the red wines of Southern Europe and from their travels had been exposed to the amazing tastes of local teas in both India and China. The goal with Folium Gin was to capture and combine the flavours from the grapes and the tea to create the same taste experience they had when drinking more complex wines and purest teas.
Paul and Taz have known each other for many years and first got talking about their dream to enter the spirits business when spending late nights on global projects together working through the night to ensure things launched smoothly, planning for a time when they could finally follow their passion.
Paul spent 20 years living and working between Asia and Europe and first got fascinated with green tea while living in Japan before being introduced to a whole new world of tea during his time in China. Paul has been a collector of wine since the early 2000’s and has travelled the world to experience and learn more from old and new world vineyards.
It was Taz’s grandparents that introduced him to tea and as they left India for Britain they brought with them a wealth of knowledge which they shared continuously so he learnt from a very early age how tea and spices play a pivotal role in peoples culinary experiences. Taz is an avid Whisky buff and has a connection to the distilleries of Scotland.
combining the history of cultures
To truly capture the unique flavour we were looking to create in our Gin it was important to work closely with the producers of our botanicals, learning from them and using the history and experience from generations of the same family to help us create something unique.
It is for this very reason that Folium Gin is produced in the Douro Valley in Portugal, working closely with Port Wine producers to identify the right grapes to use and ensuring the distillation retains the flavour. Migeul our grape producer comes from a long line of growers and a family that has created fine port wines and red wines for generations and has continued the traditional approach for the growing, cultivation and harvesting of the grapes.
For our tea we went to the Wuji mountains in China to source the freshest young leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Zhang Wei is a third generation tea producer and has a deep understanding of the care and precision required to develop and harvest the finest leaves and manage the critical oxidisation process.
The development of Folium gin follows the learnings from these traditional production processes and we make individual distillations of our botanicals before combining these back together to create the final blend.
Coming from a wine making family Edgar has a pedigree of creating fine wines. Edgar has a masters degree in Oenology, with a specialisation in distillates and the distillation process. He is also a qualified sommelier and has worked in the wine industry in both his native Portugal as well as in Spain in the region of La Mancha. Taking his experience from winemaking and combining this with his passion for creating spirits, Edgar has one several awards for his distilled spirits. We are delighted to be partnering with Edgar and to develop our premium Gin utilising his incredible experience and passion to create a unique taste.
Miguel, Master Blender
Migeul has been working in the wine and spirits industry for over 20 yeas and has worked with a number of leading brands in the Douro valley region of Portugal. Migeul has been a key part of the team helping us to create the perfect blend for our product. The unique taste we have developed for our Folium Gin has been the result of months of work from Miguel and his team to create hundreds of different blends before finding the correct balance of flavours.
Braga, Wine producer
Braga comes from a line of wine producers and a family that created the Quinta do Mourão project in the Duoro valley. Braga has continued the traditional approach to the growing, cultivation and harvesting of the grapes. The team at Quinta do Mourão have worked hard with other producers in the region to cultivate white port wines as well as traditional Tawnies and Miguel has a range of blends that include a fantastic 100 year old tawny. Braga supplies the grapes we use in our Folium Gin and we are working with him to create new products in our range. Braga has also given us a fantastic cocktail passed down from his grandfather that combines Gin and Port!
Monica is highly respected in the wine and port industry in Portugal for her knowledge surrounding the chemical processes in the growing, fermentation and distillation of grapes and in the distillation of alcohol. Monica is an expert in the field and the leader of the team who provide chemical analysis and testing to the industry. Folium recognises that the fundamental building blocks of any product should not be left to chance, that is why Monica and her team test the quality and consistency of our base spirit before we start our distillation, and test throughout our distillation process to support us in curating a perfectly balanced blend for our botanicals.