A new range of premium small-batch fruit gin liqueurs has been unveiled by the company behind Pinkster Gin.
Under the new brand of Hedgepig, the first two expressions are Wild Bullace & Quince, and Rampant Raspberry, with more to follow in 2018.
Hedgepig Wild Bullace and Quince, previously available as QB, is made with Suffolk quince and bullace foraged from the hedgerows of East Anglia. When bullace, a variety of plum, is mixed with quince, which belongs to the same family as apples and pears, it results in a versatile, subtly sweet, fruity drink.
Rampant Raspberry is produced with raspberries from Sunclose Farm, near Cambridge, which are also used for steeping the spirit to make Pinkster Gin.
Both in 50cl bottles, Wild Bullace & Quince has ABV of 30% ABV and Rampant Raspberries is at 33% ABV.
Stephen Marsh, managing director of Pinkster and Hedgepig’s parent company Ginmeister, said: “Hedgepig heralds the start of an exciting new development for the business. Whilst Pinkster will always be the flagship brand, Hedgepig allows us to indulge our passion for making gin with fresh fruit to create a range of unusual handcrafted liqueurs.
“The thinking behind the brand is limited seasonal bottlings and quirky, quality ingredients all packaged up with eye-catching design. We’ll go easy on sugar levels, and the ABVs will be on the higher side.
“Aside from other Pinkster by-products, all future launches will fall under the Hedgepig banner and we expect to have three more liqueurs available next year.
“The Hedgepig range will be macerated at our HQ outside Cambridge using locally grown fruit. We’ve spent days on our hands and knees rummaging around hedgerows and the resulting taste of the unusual quince and bullace pairing is divine. It works particularly well with cheese and makes a great pudding gin.
“When we launched Pinkster, pundits said we were crazy attempting to make gin with wet fruit. Well, I like to think we have confounded the cynics, and now we’re committed to offering discerning drinkers other adventurous fruity tipples.”