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Tappers Gin Distillery Visit

Tappers Gin Distillery Visit

Tappers Gin & Distillery.

“when you find a new gin and fall in love it’s a wondrous feeling”

Early 2018 on a trip back to the homeland (the north west) and this time The Wirral to be exact. Having some free time, @sadieheartdickie got on ‘the google’ and found Tappers Gin. A 2017 award winning gin at the IWSC. Seeing the images, brand and reading the taste notes, I had to try it.


Cue a gin adventure!

All the local independents had sold out (although I did pick up a bottle of Whitmore and Whites London dry – makes a solid G&T). A little further investigation we discovered Tappers was served in a local bar called the West Kirby Tap. I dived straight in to the signature award winning ‘Darkside’ paired with Mediterranean Tonic, an orange slice and a sprig of thyme (The Perfect Serve). That’s where the love affair began.


One savoured G&T was enough for me to decide I needed a bottle no matter the cost. Most people would say ‘why not just order bottle on-line?’. Where’s the fun in that? 

Police like questioning of the barman at the West Kirby Tap, local independents were suggested, been there done that. A local Bargain Booze was suggested. Yes you read that right BARGAIN BOOZE. Back in the car and off we went, in the wrong direction (damn sat nav). Finally we found it, No Parking!!!  This was starting to feel like a military mission.  

Like a flash of lighting @sadieheartdickie was out of the car, I think it was still moving! A commando roll into Bargin Booze and to her surprise they had the full range.  


Steve Tapril (Tappers a nickname from school) started handcrafting his cold compound gin in 2016 in the sea side town of West Kirby. Using naturally and locally sourced ingredients and botanicals. 12 months of experimentation, adjusting and sampling (the best bit!!) & Darkside was born. 

Building on the success of Darkside the development of more regular and seasonal gins have been created. Wintergreen, Figgy Pudding, Springfever, Eggcentric, Three fine Days. I am regularly hearing the saying ‘there is a gin for everyone’ I believe Tappers have cornered that part of the market themselves.


The distillery is based on an industrial estate and is described as a Nano-distillery by Steve himself. It may be small, but there are big plans ahead. A small but functional tasting room, walls adjourned with hand drawings of the botanicals used in the gin. Upstairs there’s a soon to be public space for hosting events  and all going to plan, a monthly tap room, creating another excuse for a trip up north.

 Darkside, The signature Gin.

“I sometimes have the tendency to walk on the Darkside”

The Name Darkside comes from the name given to The Wirral by Liverpudlians who would travel across the River Mersey to the Darkside. 

Filling a glass you get a warming gin, that has a yellow hue due to the cold compounding method of production.  Smooth and dry, juniper wakes the senses and followed by earthy herbal notes that showcase the locally sourced sea side botanicals. I could quite easily write a full blog on this gin, I recommend you just try it!

Drink Neat over ice or in a G&T with an orange slice and thyme garnish. Steve recommends East Imperial Burma Tonic. A tonic I’m yet to try but am certainly in the hunt for it.


Posting this on Mothers day. A special mention goes to Steve’s mum, Sue. Tirelessly working behind the scenes, doing deliveries, the paperwork and fighting Steve’s corner in a competitive market. She also makes a mean G&T, just don’t ask her for a coffee from Steve’s new Nespresso machine. 

Tappers will only go from strength to strength. I for one am looking forward to what lies ahead and with a Tappers G&T in hand I will always be able to focus on the “Brightside” of life.

I was gifted the bottle of Darkside and the glasses along with the visit to the Tappers Distillery


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