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7 June 2018

It’s World Gin Day this Saturday, and what better way to celebrate than with the unveiling of the Hands Free Hectare Gin.

A 30-bottle batch of Merywen gin, flavoured with barley from the world’s first hands-free crop, has been produced by North Star Distillery, in North Wales, in conjunction with Harper Adams University.

Hands Free Hectare Gin is not for sale, but will instead be sampled by key sponsors and others involved in the Hands Free Hectare project, as a token of the university’s appreciation.

The gin had its test outing at a function on June 2nd, attended by various members of the HFH team and sponsors.

Harper Adams University researcher Jonathan Gill, who led the gin-production project, added: “We have wanted to make beer since we successfully harvested the Spring Barley last autumn, but brewing takes time. The benefit of gin, in addition to its current soaring popularity, is that it can be flavoured over a much shorter time frame.

“North Star Distillery have done a fantastic job with the Hands Free Hectare Gin. The barley gives it a smooth, warm flavour which we think would be perfect served with apple or berries.”

Clive Blacker, of project partner Precision Decisions, said: “The smooth quality and robust taste made a fantastic finish for the project. It was wonderful surprise tasting thanks to Jonathan’s hard work. The only downside is the bottle needed to be bigger with the gin proving nearly as popular as the project!”

The Hands Free Hectare has attracted attention from across the globe since the project started in October 2016. 

Read more about it: “Automated machines growing the first arable crop remotely, without operators in the driving seats or agronomists on the ground.” 

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