Humphrey Taylor

Humphrey Taylor & CO. History

Humpfrey_TaylorIn 1770 Humphrey Taylor founded the Chelsea Distillery for Liqueurs & Cordials.

Built in Pleasure grounds originally created by French Hugenot Gardeners, at a time when Chelsea was still a small village, the distillery was placed at the corner of Kings Road, and Shawfield Street, in the borough of Chelsea.

The Distillery soon became famous especially for Gin, Apricot Brandy & Rosewater Liqueur, made from flowers grown in the company´s own Rose garden surrounding the distillery.

The quality of Humphrey Taylor´s products attracted the custom of  Royalty and Nobility and thus King george IV visited the Distillery more then once, when he was Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Kent, mother of Queen Victoria was a frequent visitor and purchaser, as were the Duchess of Gloucester, Lady Churchill, The Duke of Northumberland and the Viscount of Chelsea.

Gold Medals at the Great International Exhibitions in London


Under the leadership of Edward James Taylor, the son of the founder, the company Humphrey Taylor & Co.  grew to become on of the largest and most influential distilleries in England, specializing in distillation of Liqueurs, and Gin, as well trading as Wine & Spirits Merchants.

The company was awarded Gold Medals at the Great International Exhibitions in London in 1851 & 1862, and the Festival of the Empire Exhibition in 1911, and a Royal Warrant was bestowed on the company by King George V.

Edward J. Taylor born in Chelsea in 1829, was so successful and respected in the trade, that in 1887 he became the largest shareholder in the newly established Glenmorangie Distillery Co. Ltd. and along with Duncan Cameron the company´s first Director. Edward Taylors advice on Distillation was sought world-wide, and he re-modelled the Glenmorangie Distillery and arranged to have new stills shipped from London to Scotland for installation at the distillery, in order to improve the quality of the Six generations of the Taylor family carried on Distilling at  before the company in 1909 outgrew the facilities, and moved to to new premises at the Bloomsbury Distillery on New Oxford Street no. 45. London.

Product fact sheet

humphrey1. Handcrafted – Small Batch Distillation.

2. Bottled by Hand in individually numbered, Elegant Cut Decanter Style Bottles.

3. Distilled at the Thames Distillery in the heart of the city of London by Master Distiller Charles Maxwell, Awarded with the 2015 IWSC Trophy, for the Worlds Best Gin.  Mr. Maxwell´s family has been
involved in Gin Distilling for 9. generations and his forefather George Bishop established his first distillery in 1680.

4. Distilled 4. Times in two 500 Liters Pot Stills by the names Old Thumb, and Thumbelina from Grain sourced from Suffolk, and Norfolk Counties.

5. Based on an Original 1770 Recipe created by distillery founder Humphrey Taylor Snr. incorporating a unique botanical mix based on the following 9. ingredients ;

  • Juniper
  • Coriander
  • Cassia Bark
  • Angelica Root
  • Bitter Orange
  • Lemmon
  • Orris Root
  • Star Anise & Rose Petals

6. Original ¨Victorian Era¨ Style Gin with a unique taste profile, as follows ;

Clean, Bold Juniper, with a hint of Liquorice from the Star Anise, followed by a refreshing whiff of Citrus Botanicals, finished with an elegant flowery finish, of Rose Petals.

Our premium spirits are perfectly aged...
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