New Welsh distillery launches flavoured gins and liqueurs


Aber Falls spirits

A range of premium flavoured gins and liqueurs has been introduced by the new Aber Falls Whisky Distillery in North Wales, made using Welsh-inspired ingredients and botanicals.

Launched this month, the initial line-up comprises Orange Marmalade Gin and Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, both with ABV of 41.3%, and Salted Toffee Liqueur, Violet Liqueur and Coffee & Dark Chocolate Liqueur, with ABV from 20.3% to 20.8%.

Located at the foot of the Aber Falls waterfall in the village of Abergwyngregyn, the distillery is due to release its first single malt whisky, made using Welsh barley and aged on site, in 2020.

The brand’s logo and packaging design draw inspiration from the area’s rich heritage and history. Based on Welsh Celtic symbology, Aber Falls has been given its own unique Triquetra, also known as a trinity knot, which adorns the bottle design.

The prominent logo also aims to represent the water from the Aber Falls waterfall, referred to as Rhaeadr Fawr across the gin and liqueur bottles.

Covering 6,000 square metres, the distillery was established in the autumn by Halewood Wines & Spirits whose portfolio includes Whitley Neill gin, Marylebone Gin, JJ Whitley spirits and Crabbie’s. It plans to open a visitor centre in 2018 offering tastings, tours and training courses in the craft of distilling.

James Wright, managing director of Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, said: “We are very excited to have resurrected the proud tradition of distilling in North Wales following a 100-year absence.”

In retail, the gins have a recommended price of £24 per 70cl bottle while the liqueurs are positioned at £20 for 70cl.

Tasting notes from Aber Falls distillery

Aber Falls Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, 41.3% ABV
This gin has been inspired by the warming, homely flavours of rhubarb and ginger crumble, a classic taste that brings back fond memories of Sunday dinners and family gatherings. Subtle spices and tart rhubarb are perfectly balanced with the distinctive pine notes of juniper, warming the palate and finishing with a hint of ginger.

Aber Falls Orange Marmalade Gin, 41.3% ABV
Inspired by the tropical glasshouse at the Treborth Botanic Gardens, this gin is bursting with the pine flavour of juniper, a refined balanced sweet and bitter flavours of oranges, with background flavours of marmalade. With a subtle tartness on the palate, this light, delicate gin offers a citrus hit and warming aftertaste. The perfect gin for a refreshing G&T.

Aber Falls Violet Liqueur, 20.8% ABV
Drawing inspiration from the distinctive purple blanket of violets which covers the land by the distillery, this liqueur boasts a unique Parma Violet floral base. With a light, delicate flavour and a perfumed finish to contrast the palate, it brings back memories of much-loved confectionery for those with a sweet tooth.

Aber Falls Salted Toffee Liqueur, 20.3% ABV
Developed in collaboration with sea salt specialist Halen Môn in Anglesey, the liqueur pays tribute to the history of sea salt production in North Wales. Sourced directly from the Menai Strait, the clean, intense notes of Anglesey sea salt combine with rich toffee flavour for the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

Aber Falls Coffee & Dark Chocolate Liqueur, 20.6% ABV
This liqueur is inspired by the chocolate orchid, found growing at the local botanic gardens. The exquisite flavour combines bitter-sweet cocoa notes with smooth roasted coffee for a perfectly balanced liqueur that boasts deliciously rich flavours and a velvety, sweet finish.

A series of cocktail recipes using the gins and liqueurs can be found at www.aberfallsdistillery.com.

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