Continuing with their popular theme of focusing on British provenance; Chase Distillery have launched their campaign to “find the ultimate forgotten fruit” – the mulberry to create their sloe gin blend.
Mulberry trees, once commonplace in Britain, have long since fallen out of favour due to their slow-growing nature, low yields and sometimes messy, deep purple staining berries. Consequently, the cultivation of mulberry trees in the UK has diminished, prompting Chase Distillery owner, William to create a campaign to find and further champion this tree that is so steeped in history and meaning.
William said of the campaign: “When I heard mulberries described as ‘fireworks in your mouth’ I knew that I had to incorporate them into one of our spirits. I did some research and found that mulberry numbers are tiny compared to what they once were in the UK. I wanted people to see what an incredible flavour they’re missing out on, and so our Sloe and Mulberry Gin was born.”
Herefordshire hedgerow sloe berries were picked after the first frost last November and were left to marinade along with a selection of botanicals designed specifically to augment the richness of the berries for an initial period of eight months. The Chase team then sourced mulberries; adding the fruit for a final two months before decanting and bottling at 30% abv.
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