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NEW ‘ULTRASONIC’ GIN LAUNCHED TO HELP PROTECT BATS
Hertfordshire based, multi-award-winning gin-makers Puddingstone Distillery have partnered once again with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to produce a one-of-a-kind gin, using an ultrasound distilling method inspired by bats.
Puddingstone Distillery is owned by Ben and Kate Marston, the producers of Campfire Gin. Following their success in winning the Gin Guide “Distillery of the Year 2021”, the team at Puddingstone have launched Ultrasonic gin as a part of their fourth year of partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Inspired by the flight of native bats through the British countryside, the gin is created using a unique two-stage process. Botanicals are macerated in alcohol and water whilst being subjected to ultrasonic frequencies that assist in the release of aromatic oils. The second stage see’s these botanicals and the extracted oils added to Isabella, the smaller of the distilleries two stills, where a slow pot distillation process takes place. The gin leads with an earthy juniper profile that is underpinned by sweetness from elderflower and roasted barley. This yields to the subtle freshness of apple and mint.
Bats inspired the creation of Ultrasonic gin not only for their unique use of ultrasound to navigate whilst in flight, but also due to their status as an indicator species, serving as a measurement of how well wildlife is faring and how well conservation efforts are working because they occupy a wide range of habitats and are sensitive to changes in the environment.
Ultrasonic gin will be launched on International Gin Day on 12 June. For each bottle sold, Puddingstone Distillery will donate £2 to Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to support the charity’s work protecting bats and other wildlife across Hertfordshire and Middlesex. The gin can be bought here: https://puddingstonedistillery.com/product/ultrasonic-gin/
Ben Marston, Director at Puddingstone Distillery said:
"From day one our ethos was to produce gins of an exceptional nature with a mindfulness of community and environment. Working with the HMWT allows us to fulfil part of this promise with tangible results to the rural environment that surrounds us. It’s also fair to say that discussions with the HMWT surrounding the nature of the gin have pushed creative boundaries which is why we are delighted to continue with the partnership".
Paul Jackson, Founder and Editor of The Gin Guide said:
“[Ultrasonic is] summery but pleasingly hearty - it's like being sat in a country pub garden on a sunny day with an elderflower pressé and an apple crumble!”
Emma Norrington, the Trust’s Head of Fundraising and Communications said:
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Puddingstone Distillery again to create a one-of-a-kind gin. Hertfordshire is home to some magnificent wild places and species, and we’re always delighted when local businesses are keen to help protect them. This exciting new gin is the perfect way to capture the beauty of our countryside, highlight the amazing natural techniques of our bats and the work we do / need to do for their conservation”
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