ORANGE BLOSSOM GIN
This special gin is made by distilling fresh orange blossom flowers. We did not grow these plants as you would have to artificially heat them over winter to over 5 degrees but I have a friend who loves them and grows a few - asking to harvest these flowers is a great sacrifice as the flowers would become the fruits - but the aromas from the flowers are so heady and amazing the smell takes you to a different time and land. We only use a very small amount and gently distil the flowers on their own in a water distillate this is the only way to capture the true and pure essence of the flowers. It is this orange blossom distillate that we then add to the finished gin to intensify and lift the gin to this remarkable level of aromas - it is pure orange blossom which is floral and perfume like - truly amazing.
The gin is made traditionally with our four key botanicals; Juniper which is the lead, Coriander, Winter Savory and Angelica root all grown and dried here in the garden - each one of these are true herbs in themselves as they have all been used in herbal medicine for millennia. This base gin is delicate and kind so as to allow the orange blossom its full potential to shine. We also decided to use our Apothecary Rose petals (could write a book about this plant on its own and we are the largest growers of this rose in the UK) to infuse into the finished gin to give it the most beautiful pale golden colour and subtle aroma of rose to support the orange blossom; this will turn the most lovely fresh salmon pink colour when plain tonic is added.
This is a truly unique gin made from fresh real flowers; no flavourings, colourings or artificial additives just nature distilled!