Our distinguished heritage can
be traced back to 1736

The Nicholson story is the story of gin... And this is no idle boast

Our distinguished heritage can be traced back to 1736 when our family began distilling gin in Clerkenwell, London. From 1808 we were known as J&W Nicholson & Co and went on to become one of the great spirit producers of Victorian England.

The Nicholson distilling process was one of experimentation, innovation, and relentless refinement. With the introduction of the Coffey Still in the 1840’s and availability of exotic botanicals from around the globe, we became a pioneer of the London Dry Gin style.

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Experimentation, innovation, and relentless refinement

The Nicholson distilling process was one of experimentation, innovation, and relentless refinement. With the introduction of the Coffey Still in the 1840’s and availability of exotic botanicals from around the globe, we became a pioneer of the London Dry Gin style.

Meeting the growing demand for our famous spirits

In 1873, J&W Nicholson & Co acquired the Three Mills site in Bow, London, introducing innovative milling machinery and expanding distilling capacity to meet the growing demand for our famous spirits.

By the 1920’s and 1930’s, Nicholson Gin was heralded as an essential ingredient of many cocktails. The contemporary mixologist will find Nicholson Gin is strongly commended in the original Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930, “the bartender’s bible”. Nicholson Gin was similarly lauded in The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book and Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails. A great martini was not a great martini unless it contained Nicholson Gin.

From a different generation

The brand was revived in 2017 by Tim Walker and Nicholas Browne, cousins and direct descendants of the original founders. The new bottle and label were developed following careful research in the Company archives to reflect both the importance of the Nicholson family in the history of gin as well as our links to London, cricket, and the MCC.

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