Since then, they’ve formally set up their business, enjoyed their first World Gin Day as distillers, and held their first cocktail competition over at Alston Bar & Beef. And in the last few weeks added a new gin to their portfolio and (though the weather outside might disagree that it is still actually summer) it’s a sweet, fruity summer infusion.
It wouldn’t be fair, however, if I didn’t review their original gin too – given that I’ve not done that either. So this post is a little two for one.
Both Paul and Becky would admit to being a little adventurous with their food and drink. From home curing to wine tasting, they’ve experimented with styles and flavours. But gin was always their go to drink.
Given the current craze for gin, they decided to have a go at distilling for their own personal use, and ordered a little alembic still. After experimenting with the recipe, they found one they liked, perfected it, and that was that.
But it was while clearing out Paul’s grandfather’s farm in Cumbria that real inspiration struck. In one of the farm buildings was not only a home distillery, but there was also a notebook, full of foraging information and recipes, including a wildflower cordial. Taking this recipe, Becky and Paul played with the key botanicals lavender, rose, and elderflower, and created what is now their signature recipe. It’s Cumbrian roots are further cemented by water from a spring in Eden Valley.
And it’s story is obvious from the glass. On the nose it’s sweet, almost honeyed florals – it’s easy to pick our the elderflower, and rose, there are notes of honeysuckle, then a whisper of pepper. In the mouth the florals jump out at you – with the juniper solidly there at the back, there’s a hint of white pepper and finishes with a little juniper. It’s one that I think would be perfect with just a little ice dilution to open the flowers a little bit.
As expected in a G&T it softens and opens up a bit, and it’s easier to pick out the individual florals.
Their Blush Gin is the same recipe, but it’s merely rested over raspberries, strawberries and apple before bottling. Though it’s part of the current craze for pink gin, unlike some, they’ve not faffed around with additives or colouring or sugar. And it shows.
Neat, the nose is sweet, apple blossom, apples and big fat strawberries. I can almost smell the jamminess from the latter, but on the palate whilst it’s sweet, and fruity, it feels a little tight. Needs softening – much like Pinkster used to be. And that’s where the G&T comes in. A little tonic and it opens up. Fruity, floral, summer in a glass. It’s a pretty sweet gin, but still a gin – you still get the juniper, and most importantly, it still tastes like a gin.
I’m rather fond of this little square bottle, and the newest addition to the family. I’m told the latter is rather limited in stock, so if I were you, I’d grab a bottle while you can.