My great great great great grandfather was also called Daniel Thwaites, and founded the Thwaites Brewery up in Blackburn.
The family motto is ‘Ferui et Fixi’ – ’willful and bloody minded’, a trait which also runs in the family. And pretty lucky that it does, because creating a really good gin has been bloody hard work. But then, the most worthwhile things usually are.
For various dull legal reasons, we couldn’t call it “Thwaites Jam Jar Gin”. So we found another unusual family name – Yerburgh (actually pronounced, I’m told, Yar-borough), which somehow seemed to go well with our gin.
So although you won’t see the Thwaites name on the bottle, there’s certainly plenty of willful, bloody mindedness in it even existing at all.
Dan, October 2014