Month ten of Batch Innovations spirit releases, and it’s suitably spooky.
Double, double this gin spells trouble. Fire up the stills and let them bubble!
Flesh of lime, skin of lemon. Will this potion be your venom?
Finger of citron, head of rose. You will still get juniper on the nose.
Guts of pumpkin, tears of Satan. The White Lady of Towneley will awaken.
Batch Halloween Potion is on the way!
Batch have been releasing brand new spirits into the wild all year. From rum to vodka, to a number of gins, they’ve taken inspiration from a myriad of sources and turned these ideas into booze. This time around, they’ve taken inspiration from the month itself, and of course Halloween.
And the artwork too ties in with the spooky theme – local artist Bodie Cameron looked to local legend, The White Lady and the ghostly Lady Sybil of Towneley Hall. Towneley Hall has a long history of apparent hauntings. Among the spirits that are said to haunt the site are The White Lady – legend has it killed herself after she was jilted at the altar, and Sir John Towneley (1473 -1541) is also said to wander about the hall every seventh year, crying out ‘Be warned! Lay out! Be warned! Lay out!’, and then there’s the ghostly Lady Sybil (no relation).
Then there’s the local boggart, who legend had it lived underneath the aptly named Boggart Bridge, and finally ‘Trash’ – a phantom dog the size of a small donkey, said to be jet black with blazing red eyes the size of saucers.
The Hall has had such a ghostly reputation that Most Haunted visited in 2007, claiming it to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country.
With all this to draw from, what does the spirit taste like?
The nose is sweet, fruity and junipery. Reminds me of blueberries, despite the hinted at pumpkin, with florals, citrus and spice. On the palate, there’s a good hit of juniper and citrus, sweet, fruity and soft spice. Despite the chilli used in the recipe, this has resulted in flavour flavour, rather than simply heat.
Over to the G&T.
The tonic releases more of the sweet fruitiness, and a little more spice comes out. It’s a ripe, soft, round G&T, that’s perfect for this time of year.
With only two months of the year left, I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!