Winchester Distillery has released a new seasonal gin for the spring, made with freshly picked cherry blossom, borage honey and other locally sourced botanicals.
Hampshire Gin Spring Meadow Gin is bright and floral, produced by the makers of Winchester Dry Gin in a micro-distillery in Old Alresford, north-east of Winchester in Hampshire.
The cherry blossom has been hand-picked from Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in nearby Romsey while the borage honey comes from regional honey-maker Mrs B’s Bees
Other locally sourced botanicals include elderflower, lavender and coriander seed, combined with juniper for a dry style of gin. It comes in 70cl bottles at 40% ABV.
Paul Bowler, head distiller and founder of Winchester Distillery, said: “We were delighted to be given permission to pick the cherry blossom at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens again. Assistant distiller Dom and I hand-picked the blossom, then, after removing the stalks, macerated the petals overnight in a low-ABV spirit to release the wonderful flavours and aromas.
“This year we are also distilling our Spring Meadow Gin using Mrs B’s Borage Honey, which will enrich the mouthfeel and floral notes of the gin. Mrs B’s is a local family business of beekeepers with 200 hives across Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex and they only harvest honey that is surplus to the bees’ requirements.”
The next seasonal small-batch gin from Winchester Distillery will be Summer Garden, due to be launched in June and made with unusual varietals of strawberries and blueberries sourced from a New Forest grower.