Lloyd was a mechanical engineer before he became a gin-maker. He spent his life managing commercial heating systems and North Sea oil pipelines. Aged 40, he fancied moving into renewable energy, and went back to university to get a Masters Degree in Science.
Then one night he went to a New Year’s Eve party in a remote Herefordshire pub…
As 2011 became 2012 he met the then-new landlord, Glyn Bufton. They struck up a friendship. And eventually Lloyd moved to Herefordshire, with his wife and two children, and went into business with Glyn.
Lloyd designed and made the two small stills at Black Mountains Botanicals, and named them after his favourite mountains: Twmpa and Blorenge. Building the distillery was just like building an oil rig , only a touch easier.
He also runs a smallholding, with sheep, pigs, hens and bees, which is not easy to do on an oil rig.
Being a founding director of the distillery and working with a great co-director, Glyn, is really rewarding, especially when we have been getting such great feedback from our first ever product, Hill Billy Gin
One night in the pub I just said to Lloyd ‘Why don’t we make spirits?’ We both love Gin, its a product we can sell. It keeps. And it’s fun to make.