01/04/13 Celebrating five years of Chase Vodka!
Today we are celebrating five years since the first bottle of Chase Vodka was distilled. We'll be taking a trip down memory lane by putting together a montage of the early days at Chase Distillery. To drink? We'll be having a sip of that very first batch, some of which has spent the last five years aging beautifully in oak barrells.
12/03/13 Is it gin or is it a flavoured vodka? We'd like you to tell us
It is a little known fact that to make gin you must first start with vodka. So we have made 1000 bottles of Williams Single Botanical Gin or Chase Juniper Vodka, the question being, is it gin or is it flavoured vodka?
Why? You may ask. Well, we have been very frustrated at how easily people can create a gin using neutral grain spirit, and behave as if the flavour profile of the base spirit is not important. We could use neutral spirit too – it would be a quarter of the cost – but we want people to understand that gin is made from vodka, and you therefore have to make the best possible vodka in the first place, which is why we use our own potato and apple vodkas as the basis for our gins. It’s always been our mission to create vodka with flavour.
Appearance: Crystal clear.
Aroma: Clean and fresh – even freshening, leathery eucalyptus with delicate piney spice.
Taste: Clean, eucalyptus, lavender, camphor, pine and faint overripe banana garnished with mild black pepper.
Aftertaste: Pine and cleansing cracked black pepper.
05/02/13 Beetroot cocktails make a lovely seasonal tipple
With beetroots in season at the moment, we are encouraging all to transform this delicious root vegetable into a tasty Chase Vodka based cocktail. We are looking for an inspiring British Beetroot Cocktail made using at least 30ml of Chase Vodka and 50ml of fine beetroot juice, in return we're offering the chance to win a jeroboam of Chase Vodka.
To enter please send your cocktail ideas via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Competition closes: 1 March 2013
09/01/13 Williams GB Gin goes global in World Duty Free
Williams Great British Gin goes global today with it's World Duty Free launch at Gatwick airport.
“GB Gin is the first single estate English gin to be created in over 200 years,” says William Chase. “Our first challenge as distillers was to create the world’s best vodka – Chase Vodka. And now we have used that as the base for the world’s finest dry gin.”
‘We take our spirits very seriously and this is a very, very fine gin so that you can sip it neat but it’s also perfect for creating a well-balanced gin and tonic or a sweet martini,” he says.
16/11/12 Designer Pudsey!
30 of the biggest names in fashion design have used their creative flair and remarkable talents to inspire their own unique 28 inch version of Britain’s best-loved bear.
The collection of designer bears was auctionedlast night by Christie’s to raise money for BBC Children in Need.
Chase were delighted to support the event by serving Chase Vodka Harvey Wallbanger cocktails.
14/11/12 Celebrating 50 years of Bond at the British Embassy in Washington
Aston Martins and a Chase Vodka Martini bar were all put in place at the British Embassy in Washington to celebrate 50 years of James Bond. British Ambassador Peter Westmacott hosted the evening, which also celebrated the release of the latest Bond film, "Skyfall," and the new International Spy Museum exhibition
Attendees included the first female to lead MI5 Dame Stella Rimington and Antonio Mendez of Argo/CIA Memoir fame, they enjoyed British fare like fish and chips, mini beef wellingtons, shepherd’s pie and Chase martinis!
Guests went from the party to a special screening of Skyfall at the Loews theater in Georgetown.
12/11/12 Chase cocktails at the Red Lion in Oxford
Visit the Chase Loft at the Red Lion in Oxford for a delicious selection of Chase Vodka and Williams Gin cocktails. In particular we'd like to recommend Gooseberry Collins which combines Williams Gin with Mount Cook Lily Sauvignon Blanc, Lemon and Soda. As well as Paddington Bear, a combination of Chase Marmalade Vodka, Ginger Beer and Lime.
06/11/12 Brilliant Britain in Hong Kong!
The Brilliant Britain guide had it's official launch in Asia with an in-store exhibition celebrating British craft and creativity as part of the UK government’s ‘Creativity is GREAT’ week. Hosted at Mulberry's Harbour City store in Hong Kong, guests enjoyed Chase Marmalade Martinis and Kiss Chase Cocktails.
17/10/12 Chase cocktails toast the launch of Story Teller by Tim Walker
Fans of fashion photography are in for a treat at Somerset House this season as Tim Walker: Story Teller takes over its East Wing gallery in a dark riot of imagination, magic and fantasy.
The collection was launched with a true British evening, guests which included Kate Moss, Helena Bonham-Carter and Cara Delevigne sipped Chase Vodka Marmalade Mules and Berrytini's to the strains of a string quartet playing Nobody Does it Better.
10/10/12 Celebrating Brilliant Britain!
Luxury British brand Mulberry have created Brilliant Britain, an interactive guide which celebrates the very best of what Britain has to offer.
Mulberry hosted a Brilliantly British brunch to launch the guide this morning at the unveiling of their Mulberry pop up shop in Harrods. On offer was a selection of mini breakfast foods accompanied by Chase Vodka bloody marys.
Inspired by the British government's GREAT campaign, which aims to promote the UK on an international scale, Brilliant Britain elevates the country's unsung heroes, undiscovered places, people and talents and is Mulberry's celebration of the charming peculiarities and time-honoured traditions of the country it calls home.
26/09/12 The Tasting Panel USA review Chase Elderflower liqueur
The Tasting Panel magazine made the trip to the beautiful Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA, where they offered twelve brands the unique opportunity to showcase their liqueur with a ten minute presentation to the panel.
Anthony Salomon of Salo Wines and Spirits presented Chase Elderflower liqueur to the highly esteemed panel, tasting it neat in its 'pure' form, before Zahra Bates of LA’s Providence Restaurant took to the stage to create her bespoke cocktail, 'Chasing Twain!' This light and pretty cocktail combined Chase Vodka and Chase Elderflower liqueur with pressed cherimoya juice and topped with foam made of cucumber.
Notes from the Panel: “I love the use of cherimoya: Its fragrance adds great depth to the drink. Chase is one of
my favorite liqueurs.” ─Ryan Velilla
“The most creative use of elderflower I have experienced. The fresh cucumber on the foam is a fantastic
lead to citrus and savory for this cocktail.” ─Steve Calabro
“The vodka plays a silent role as a base but also balances everything out. The nose is as elegant as it is
refreshing. I would love to see Chase Elderflower also mixed with gin.” ─Jeremy Lake
14/09/12 Chase and Sister by Sibling launch fashion week tea salon
Chase has teamed up with Sister by Sibling to host a typically British Fashion Week Tea Salon at the W Hotel in Leicester Square. The designer trio - Cozette McCreery, Sid Bryan and Joe Bates - were amongst guests enjoying the fashionable afternoon tea, which featured their signature Leopard print biscuits, Purple haze Victoria sponge, the Rule Britannia scones and cream and the London's Burning chocolate cake. Topped off with a Pink Rock Shandy Chase Vodka cocktail.
06/09/12 Vogue's Fashion Night Out
Chase teamed up with Mulberry to co-host the most exclusive shopping event of the year, Vogue’s Fashion Night Out. Held at Mulberry's flagship store on New Bond Street, guests enjoyed Chase Marmalade Mules and Kiss Chase cocktails. There was a pop-up Oyster Bar by J Sheekey restaurant, and music was provided by The Vaccines.
Guests included Florence Brudenell-Bruce, Daisy Lowe and Laura Bailey.
20/08/12 Chase and The Lost Angel team up for Foodies Festival
Chase and The Lost Angel teamed up to create a range of decadent, seasonally inspired cocktails. Their indulgent range included a refreshing G&G Collins, a combination of Chase Vodka with homemade greengage and gooseberry cordial, lemon juice with soda top.
06/08/12 Celebrating olympic success on exhibition road
The Chase Bar popped up at the Exhibition Roadshow last week, dubbed London’s most sophisticated street party.
Serving cocktails along side some of the UK’s best street food vendors & music act’s, the week long street party proved a great start to the Olympics.
02/08/12 "What to drink now?" Valentine Warner tours the distillery
It was a pleasure to see Valentine Warner at Chase Distillery today, the inspiring chef has a few ideas up his sleeve. Watch this space for some creative food and cocktail pairings.
31/07/12 Chase teams up with the YBF's at Camp Bestival
The Chase Bar’s latest stop was at Camp Bestival in Dorset. Situated in front of Lulworth Castle the YBF tent and it’s stall holders catered for over 50,000 people during the four days of the festival.
The YBF's are the people putting food and drink back at the heart of our communities. They’re the men and women using lost arts and new skills to bring craft back to the kitchen.
Perhaps more importantly, they’re the people who’ve come to represent the best of British innovation and entrepreneurship in a struggling economy.
18/07/12 Beautifully fragrant Chase cocktails toast Peoneve launch
Penhaligon's celebrated the launch of Peoneve, their latest fragrance by creating an ecelctic, multi-sensory garden, with an inventive Chase cocktail menu inspired by the notes within the fragrance.
With the air filled with this delicate new scent and the surroundings decorated with vibrant colours, huge overgrown peonies and laser-cut insects, you were instantly transported to an English Garden, in high summer.
To match these magical surroundings an innovative range of Chase cocktails was specially created. We particularly enjoyed the fruity flavours of The Rose Garden, which contained Naked Chase Vodka, raspberries, peach and apple juice and is served over a rose water sphere.
16/07/12 Rock the Farm takes on its second year!
Rock the Farm, the festival dedicated to the bartender industry took place at the weekend, the distillery grounds played host, with a packed line-up of bands and DJ’s, distillery and farm tours, as well as a great selection of drinks, a tasting area and a food village.
The highlight of the weekend was of course, the final of the Chase Cup cocktail competition, designed to test the standard of bartending ability, the five finalists were challenged to create a cocktail in under five minutes using local ingredients from a 'mystery box' which was revealed just an hour before the competition.
08/07/12 Anyone for Wimbledon cocktails?
Andy Murray has become the first British man to reach the Wimbledon singles final in 74 years, so what better way to celebrate than with a deliciously refreshing British tipple.
We'll be enjoying 'Centre Court' a delightful combination of Chase Rhubarb Vodka, fresh Kentish raspberries and pressed apple and lemon, clevery served in a white chocolate tennis ball on a bed of grass. On the side we'll have a 'Perfect Serve,' a taste sensation, combining Chase Marmalade Vodka with strawberries, pear juice and lime jam.
Wimbledon cocktails available at Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor bar.
28/06/12 Chase and US Vogue host opening night of Mulberry San Francisco
Mulberry opened its first store in San Francisco on Grant Avenue, and to celebrate their arrival on the West Coast, they hosted a launch event with five beautiful co-hosts from Vogue’s ’100 list’ of talented and influential women: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Connie Nielsen, Sabrina Buell, Rachael Mann and Mackenzie Burdick.
Staying true to the brands British roots, Mulberry served food from London’s famous restaurant J Sheekey Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar, and we were on hand to serve Chase martinis and fabulous Kiss Chase cocktails.
The store has its own gallery and exhibition space on the second floor, which for the evening showcased an exhibition of British photography from the past few decades, handpicked from the Vogue archives.
12/06/12 Country-inspired cocktails toast the opening of the Chase terrace
The Chase and Country Tails Terrace at Harvey Nichols celebrated its official launch with a menu of country inspired cocktails and mini tasting dishes.
Dominic Jacobs, Fifth Floor Bar Manager 'jumped at the chance to create cocktails with Chase Distillery’s range of pioneering British spirits.' His list includes Gooseflower Fizz (Chase vodka combined with Chase Elderflower Liqueur, Harvey Nichols Gooseberry Jam, lemon and honey topped with English Sparkling Wine) and the utterly refreshing Marmalade Root Martini (Chase Marmalade Vodka shaken with fresh carrot juice, fresh parsley and lemon, with a dash of honey) alongside summer fruit cups and Chase Perfect Serves.
In addition, Jonas Karlsson, Fifth Floor Executive Chef has put together a selection of mini tasting dishes, inspired by the fruity aromas of the spirits. The menu features a traditional Waldorf Salad, Lemony Devon chicken served with sweet corn and bell peppers on sourdough bread and a Marmalade marinated Gressingham duck breast with crispy shallots alongside a ‘best of British’ sharing platter that includes Alderton marmalade ham, Honey cured Dorset ham, Harvey Nichols mini pork pies, Scotch quail eggs, Cornish Yarg cheese, Lincolnshire Cheddar and English mustard. To finish, a trio of miniature desserts has Dark chocolate and marmalade cake, Lemon curd tart and Bramley apple and elderflower crumble. A Tasting Menu paired with cocktails is also available.
06/06/12 The amazing Temperley Summer party!
The legendary Temperley Summer party took place at the weekend, an exotic mix of London fashionistas and Somerset locals descended on the apple orchards of Alice's fathers cider farm. Dressed to the theme of 'Leather, lace, debauchery and grace' and dancing from dusk until dawn to the sound of The Topcats and Babyhead.
At the bar, a bespoke cocktail menu had been designed, which included a country inspired Chase Vodka Bramble, along side a refreshing Chase Vodka Passion Fruit & Apple Cooler.
01/06/12 Celebrating all things British this weekend
Congratulations to the Queen on her Diamond jubilee! We'll be raising a toast with a Williams Gin and Dunbonnet cocktail.
Rather appropriately, we'll also be celebrating 60 years of our 1952 Chase Land Rover. If you see it around London, send us a photograph and we'll post a 5cl bottle of Williams Gin out to you! e: email@example.com
18/05/12 Chase and Country Tails Terrace at Harvey Nichols
Launching on Monday, 4th June Chase And Country Tails Terrace at Fifth Floor kicks off a quintessentially British summer at Harvey Nichols. The new terrace will have a traditional English country look and feel inspired by the Herefordshire countryside where the distillery is based. A refreshing, citrus aroma of Penhaligons Blenheim Bouquet will scent the air, creating the perfect atmosphere to sip summery, country-infused cocktails in the heart of Knightsbridge.
20/04/12 Chase teams up with Amante Beach Club, Ibiza
12/04/12 Win a Chase Distillery cocktail kit and his and hers fragrances from Penhaligon's
06/02/12 Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar hosts Chase Cocktail Competition
To celebrate the launch of our latest limited edition, Harvey Nichols cocktail of the month was dedicated to our Sharp Bramley Apple Vodka. The crisp, sweet and tangy taste is fantastic in cocktails and works well with a whole host of flavours.
Held on the Fifth Floor bar, bartenders and managers from all the regional department stores gathered for the cocktail competition. The prize, an all expenses paid trip to Chase Distillery with a weekend stay at Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham.
21/11/11 Chase Distillery to host three Exclusive tour dates this Christmas
Chase Distillery will be opening its doors this Christmas to give you an exclusive preview of the vodka crowned 'World's Best' being distilled.
The tour includes an insight into the creation of both Chase Vodka and Williams Gin, followed by a tutored tasting hosted by James Chase.
More details here: facebook
04/08/11 Chase to Host Festival For Bartenders
ROCK THE FARM was a FREE two-day event hosted on our farm in Herefordshire. The aim of the event was to generously give something back to bartenders and the bar industry for their continued support of our brand.
11/04/11 chase cocktails at St Andrews’ University Masquerade Ball
Chase cocktails will be flowing at this year's Masquerade is being held at Fernie Castle this weekend in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust:
04/04/11 Chase conjure up a royal cocktail with purl
Created by Tristan Stephenson Co-Owner of Purl bar in Marylebone & Fluid Movement
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01/04/11 Harvey nichols best of british tasting sessions
The Chase team will be helping Harvey Nichols stores across the UK celebrate the Best of British Drinks this April.
22/02/11 Chase Vodka cracks China
Chase Vodka is to be the first English Vodka to enter the China drinks market.
15/01/11 Chase Vodka now available in Waitrose uk wide
Chase Vodka, voted World's Best Vodka, is now available nationwide in Waitrose Stores after proving extremely successful in 80 premium outlets.
04/11/10 chase strikes deal with virgin atlantic
Chase Vodka has struck a deal with Virgin Atlantic to make their high-flying spirit available in the airlines upper class lounges at their Heathrow and Gatwick Clubhouses.
30/08/10 chase to launch in the usa
Pelican Brands will launch Chase Distillery's flagship brand Chase Vodka and Chase Elderflower Liqueur in key markets in the US in September.
01/04/10 looking for the english breakfast cocktail
We have just bottled our first batch of marmalade vodka from our pretty little gin still. We marinaded marmalade with our fine potato vodka then infused extra oranges in the carter head style still to make this fantastically rich and delicious orange vodka!! Keep an eye on on Georges Bar for cocktail ideas.
26/03/10 chase voted world's best vodka
Chase Vodka has been awarded the WORLD’S Best Vodka with a Double Gold Medal in THE most respected spirits awards, in San Francisco, which is a huge accolade for Chase.
The English potato vodka was voted top out of 115 vodkas worldwide, which included larger mass produced companies from Russia, Poland, Scandinavia and the USA.
William Chase comments: “When we sold Tyrrells we had to rename the vodka. And when we made the first batch of vodka from our potatoes I was so impressed with the quality that I was proud to put my name on it. So winning this most prestigious award for world’s best quality spirit is a great testament to our work so I was really chuffed to have it endorsed as the world’s best vodka.
Our main aim has always been to grow our own raw materials here on the farm to produce the finest Vodka in world with pedigree. This award is a fantastic recognition that we are doing just that and a reminder that even a boutique business like ours can more than compete with larger distillers from across the world by producing quality not quantity.”
17/03/10 trekstock launch night at downing street
Trekstock rocked Downing Street (!) and The Green Carnation in Soho last week to celebrate becoming an official registered charity. Chase Vodka cocktails kept the party going at Green Carnation in Soho afterwards, with Mark Ronson as special guest and first patron of the charity that raises money for young people with cancer. Other guests included Henry Holland, Lola Lennox, Razorlight and Clara Paget.
See what Vogue had to say: http://www.vogue.c...o.uk/blogs/the-vogue-blog/articles/10031 9-we-love-trekstock-loves-.aspx
02/01/10 Williams chase gin is launched!
Our gin has been two years in the making. It is a relatively unknown fact that gin is made out of vodka, so when we set out to make our fine gin we needed the perfect vodka. So after much experimenting, we have turned our organic cider apples, from our estate, into apple chase vodka (which we bottled up and called 'Naked Chase') & created that into an elegantly crisp gin to make the perfect gin martini.
01/10/09 Look what we've done with Herefordshire Cider!
The first vodka made from organic cider apples. And it tastes fantastically pure calling it Naked Chase as nothing has been added!
Naked Chase Distilled from apples, not apple flavoured!
When we built the distillery in 2008 we wanted to make the world’s finest gin and in order to make gin you need the best vodka and redistill it with many wild botanicals. So we created a fine English potato vodka but found that it was so complex in flavour that it overpowered the delicate botanicals. So we had to start again and made another vodka but this time out of the organic cider apples grown on our farm in Herefordshire.
The result is a pure clean spirit so fine and delicate that we are releasing it in its own right as ‘Naked Chase’, so called to reflect the organic apples used and the traditional methods undertaken to produce it. There’s nothing added to it, it’s just distilled organic apples, not apple flavoured!
London Fashion Week
As part of London Fashion Week September 2009, Chase Vodka and Ghost Bar, Farringdon teamed up to host the launch of renowned global designer JC/DC's Spring collection. Peaches Geldolf was the guest catwalk model and strutted her stuff down the runway for the finale.
Chase Wins Major Guild Award
Major Award for Chase Distillery in Guild’s Taste Awards!
In addition to Chase scooping four Gold awards for its' potato vodka and liqueurs in the Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste awards, it has now been award a Major Award by the Guild.
Products, like Chase Elderflower liqueur, that attained the 3 star gold award went through to a final "best of the best" round of major awards on 7th September in a high profile award ceremony at Fortnum & Masons and hosted by Radio 2 correspondent Nigel Barden.
Chase voted top vodka by Market Kitchen
Chase Vodka was crowned the top vodka out of 5 vodkas from around the world on Market Kitchen's 'Best of...' feature in October 2009.
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