FOR OVER 150 YEARS, HAYMAN’S GIN HAS BEEN CRAFTING THE FINEST GINS IN THE WORLD. WITH A HISTORY AS EXHILARATING AS THEIR GIN, IT’S NO WONDER WHY HAYMAN’S PRODUCT IS SOUGHT AFTER WORLDWIDE.
Their history starts with a familiar name in the 1860s, Beefeater Gin, which was created by James Burrough, a London distiller. Originally a pharmacist, Burrough purchased Taylor & Son, a firm of gin distillers and liqueur makers. This was the start of his gin business and he renamed the historical company to James Burrough, Distiller and Importer of Foreign Liqueurs. As a chemist, James used his knowledge and skills to create a plethora of gin recipes that even predated the purchase of the distillery. This man truly knew how to distil gin!
THE NEXT GENERATION
After the death of James in 1897, his sons, Frederick, Ernest and Frank, took over the daily operations of the business. The distillery continued to thrive and they welcomed the third generation of master distillers in the 1930s. With such rapid growth, the business moved locations and never looked back.
As the 1960s rolled around, the shares of James Burrough, Distiller and Importer of Foreign Liqueurs were controlled by extended family members of James. However, the board consisted of James’ living grandchildren, Alan and Norman Burrough along with their sister Majorie, who was represented by her husband, Neville Hayman.
THE END OF AN ERA?
In 1987, the majority stake of the company decided to sell the family owned business to brewer, Whitbread. This could have been the end of an era, but the Hayman’s side of the family were determined not to leave this behind.
BACK TO THE FAMILY
Just one year later, Whitbread decided it needed to sell James Burroughs’s Limited Fine Alcohol Division. Who would be there to buy this you ask? Backed by many members of the Hayman family, Christopher Hayman (son of Majorie Burrough and Neville Hayman), purchased the division. Three bottling lines came from this purchase as well as a major stake in Thames Distillers in South London. The Hayman’s dream now continued with direct involvement in gin distillation. The old James Burrough, Distiller and Importer of Foreign Liqueurs was renamed Hayman’s Distillers shortly after, keeping the family aspect back in the gin once again.