Beginning in 1867, Gus Tippet was a bootlegger to the socialites of London, England. A purveyor of fine gin, he spent his days combing the English countryside in search of new and exotic grains to distill.
He would then process those grains in a still he named Thelma. Rumor has it Gus married 11 times. In the end, every one of his wives gave him the same ultimatum: "Me or the still." Thelma won every time.