I had the pleasure of chatting to the lovely Hannah from Tinkture on the phone this summer and I was delighted when she was up for a festive competition with me.
Hannah is the founder of uber cool gin company, Tinkture. The name was inspired by her Grandma Tink , who is now into her 90’s and still full of the joys of spring…or should that be gin?! Tinkture is a rose gin (what a dream combo) made with David Austin roses, grown on a small, Certified Organic farm, in the South west of England. Tinkture welcomes you to ‘The cleaner dark side’.
Hannah is also a Mama to two children, Huxley and Raphael, so it was fantastic to get her insight into running her own business, alongside raising kids.
Here’s what we chatted about
You came across the rose gin recipe whilst working on another concoction. What did it feel like to develop this exciting new blend?
I think the first thing that struck me was how unlike ‘rose’ this rose gin tasted - what I mean is, that it did not taste like rose water or Turkish delight ... it had such a light and unique taste - so the main feeling was surprise, excitement and a sense of discovery - and also a hint of responsibility - because it felt like I had the chance to create a product that finally did the true nature of the rose justice ...
I'm a massive rose lover myself and the smell instantly takes me to a happy place; eating macarons with my best friend Patti and a particular rose bush by Marie Antoinette’s cottage at Versailles. Where do roses take you?
That’s easy, straight to my childhood, my mum and gran’s garden...making potions, perfume and assorted creations - then sitting on the swing seat chatting with the girls while they sipped from chinckling glasses. When I look back it’s almost inevitable that I would end up here!
Your Grandma has been a big inspiration to you and Tinkture. Has she given you any golden words of wisdom over the years?
The main mantra she instilled in me was a phrase I still say in my head when the going gets a bit rough “I CAN and I WILL!!”. It’s a phrase that helped me get my mile swimming badge at school :) and has come in handy a few times since then!
As a Mum yourself, how do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
Honestly I don’t feel like I do! If I spend enough time with my chicks (it is never enough time) then I feel like I’m neglecting work - and things are slipping - then when I bury myself in work and have a few really productive days I will invariably feel like my kids are paying the price, it’s one of the hardest things to get right.
But something a couple of ladies I admire told me struck a chord, they said that it is actually really healthy for your kids to see you working, grafting and achieving something. It helps them develop a work ethic and see their mama in a more honest light...so in that sense we are lucky that our kids actually see us working - we don’t just disappear for 8 hours a day to do an abstract ‘job’. There are real boxes being lifted, bottles being filled and labels applied :)
Do you have any special family traditions at Christmas time?
Ha - we just go as traditional as we can. I love the key stages, I love the morning, the rustling of full stockings, the fire will be lit, the excitement of opening presents...and then the brunch of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and champagne. It’s the perfect way to start!
Are you working on any new for Tinkture right now?
Yes - absolutely - and it’s super exciting, but I really won’t say what it is just yet!
I can’t wait to find out what it is!