A family run drinks business from North Yorkshire have returned to their foraging instincts and created an innovative new small batch gin, using botanicals found within their local hedgerows.
Sloemotion based at Green Farm in Barton-le-Willows, between Malton and York launched their new Hedgerow Gin at an event at the newly opened York House in Malton last week ahead of the town’s Food Lovers Festival.
The company, who already produce a range of award winning liqueurs, drinks and chocolates inspired by local flavours, launched their new product in line with their ‘life on the hedge’ philosophy and have incorporated a range of hedgerow botanicals for a real flavour of Yorkshire.
Distilled in small batches the new gin includes familiar countryside ingredients including rosehips, crab apples, elderflower, nettle leaf and wildflower rich meadow hay which all add to the drinks multitude of floral subtleties. Sloe stones are also added for a mellow, fruity dryness.
The team’s meticulous dedication to the ingredients meant that as well as foraging from the hedges, they hand cut hay from their own species-rich “micro-meadow” at Green Farm as well as from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Wharram Quarry Nature Reserve.
And, it’s not just the botanicals that are inspired by the local countryside; the new gins stylish bottle also reflects the return to the hedgerows with each of the botanicals depicted in an intricate hand-drawn sketch around the bottle.
Joff Curtoys, Managing Director of Sloemotion said: “We’re really excited to be launching our Hedgerow Gin. It’s been a painstaking process of development and refinement over the last 2 years, getting the recipe just right and creating a really beautiful bottle. We hope people will love it and the gin as much as we do. We recommend Hedgerow Gin be mixed with a good quality tonic, a slice of English apple and a sprig of thyme for a real taste of English summer time.”
The new gin will be available to buy online, at independent retailers and at events across the UK. For more information visit their website www.sloemotion.co.uk