Gin Diaries Manchester

Chase Distillery Showcase at the Alchemist

April 15, 2016

A few weeks back I was invited to The Alchemist on New York Street to try out some concoctions from the guys at Chase Distillery.

William Chase, founder of Chase Distillery is the man behind Tyrrell’s crisps, of which I was a huge fan of back when they were released. Having come from Worcestershire, they hit a lot of our pubs before they hit the market. Tyrrells was sold, but William wanted something new to turn his potatoes too and researched distilling a lot, starting with vodka, he’s never looked back. Chase pride themselves on quality not quantity, after all 16 tonnes of potatoes makes only 1000 litres of alcohol! Chase Distillery have since moved into flavoured vodkas and more recently gin!

Chase Seville Vodka

Chase Seville Vodka Cocktail

Alchemist Manchester New York St

Chase Gin Apple Cocktail

Chase Gin and Tonic

We started out trying some of the spirits, to get an idea of the taste. I have to admit I found both the vodka and gin from Chase to be very dry. As much as I like a dry gin, whereas Mr W does not, the taste is a lot more harsh neat compared to other gins. I didn’t find the notes of the way the spirits were made to be particularly easy to taste. We then went on to try mini cocktails of Chase products, sadly these were unnamed as they were for the showcase only.

So Chase use organically grown cider apples from the family farm; fermenting them into cider, then distil them into ‘Naked’ Chase. They then re-distil this with eleven carefully considered wild botanicals and naturally pure water taken from the aquifer running underneath their cider apple orchards. To play to the use of apples the gin cocktail contained apple liqueur, lemon juice and was topped with soda for a refreshing feel. A perfect summer cocktail and dampened down the dryness of the Chase Gin.

We also had a fruity cocktail that used the Seville Orange vodka from Chase coupled with fruity liqueurs, which was rather sweet for me, but Mr W rather enjoyed it. However, the theatrics using dry ice were pretty fun to watch! The Alchemist barman are very good at putting on a show.

I’d just like to thank The Alchemist New York St for inviting us down to come and try out the cocktails, I just wish the apple one would be added to the menu!

Have you tried any of the Chase Distillery products before? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. I attended this event free of charge, as ever all opinions my own.


  • Reply Leanne May 6, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Dat marmalade vodka is immense with prosecco just FYI 😉 xx

    • Reply MissPond May 6, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Ok now I have to try that combo!!!

  • Reply Keeley April 15, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I know a bit about gin but I didn’t know he also made Tyrrells crisps! I’m not a massive fan of Chase but this sounds like a great event, shame they didn’t label the cocktails so you could recreate them at home.

    • Reply MissPond April 18, 2016 at 9:30 am

      I don’t think you’d be able to recreate any Alchemist cocktails at home without stealing a lab! Lol…

  • Reply Freya Farrington April 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I love the alchemist, the decor, the drinks, the atmosphere, everything!

    • Reply MissPond April 18, 2016 at 9:30 am

      It’s a great place, although I’m still not sure about the atmosphere on Fri/Sat nights…

  • Reply Ellie April 15, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I do love myself a gin and tonic! Sounds like a fab night x

    • Reply MissPond April 18, 2016 at 9:29 am

      You can’t beat a good old gin and tonic!

  • Reply Amy April 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I love the alchemist, the food they serve is lovely and always so well presented! This looks great, my brother absolutely loves gin so I will have to let him know!

    • Reply MissPond April 18, 2016 at 9:29 am

      I had a bento box type dinner last time I was there and it was lovely 🙂

  • Reply The Purley Girly April 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I really love the Marmalade vodka, it can be turned into a Moscow (Marmalade) Mule which is really tasty.

    • Reply MissPond April 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Now that sounds like something I could get on board with…

  • Reply Rachel April 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I had no idea he was the man behind Tyrells crisps, what a great little find this is x

    • Reply MissPond April 18, 2016 at 9:26 am

      I didn’t either until the event! 🙂

  • Reply Jess April 15, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Oh wow Emma this looks fab. I live closer to the Spinningfield Alchemist, but I’ve heard it’s a bit of a friendlier environment at the New York street one. I’m not one for dry gins but the Seville orange cocktail sounds right up my street. I like things extra sweet as I’m a very bitter person – ha!

    • Reply MissPond April 18, 2016 at 9:25 am

      I’m still not into their weekend vibes at either site to be honest. It’s much better for drinks mid-week!

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