An exciting collaboration with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
We took to the local woods near the distillery to go “Balsam Bashing”, and our heads were turned when we realised the potential for using this plant as a botanical…the seeds are delicious!
Fast forward a few months and our distiller Dave has spent the summer distilling, tasting, adjusting and re-distilling a selection of botanicals foraged mainly from both the Trust’s nature reserve near Cromford and along the river bank in Shining Cliff Woods. The flavour from the Himalayan Balsam flowers had a mixed reception amongst the team, but we were delighted to find the seeds had a lovely creamy note. Dave was particularly excited with the Water Mint once distilled – it’s bold, strong flavour balanced well with the creamy Himalayan Balsam.
We worked hard to get the recipe right for this special edition gin, experimenting with foraged botanicals and balancing the flavours.
After many team tastings, including some with our partners at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, we selected a recipe based principally on seasonal riverside botanicals of Himalayan Balsam, Meadowsweet, Wood Sorrel, Water Mint and Red Clover. Fresh lime peel was also chosen to add balance to the gin.
Locally foraged wood sorrel makes an excellent botanical for gin and is found in abundant amounts year-round.
With the final distillation now completed and the gin being left to ‘marry’ for a few weeks, Claire is working with the Trust to finalise the bespoke packaging for this special edition release. We plan to have the gin ready for sale by 25 November in our shop and online, following a launch event with the Trust for their members.
If you would like to order a bottle of this special edition gin, where £5 of every sale goes to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, you will be able to buy in our pop-up shop in Ambergate from 23 November, or you can pre-order a bottle online now. All pre-orders will be despatched from 25 November and make the perfect gift for Christmas.