HAZELL & HAZELL – BARDOWIE GIN 70cl @ 43% ABV
Out of an initial list of 13 ingredients, four that were grown or gathered where the husband and wife team owners lived were chosen to contribute to the flavour of Bardowie Gin. Blackcurrant bushes that were already established when Mark and Alison moved to The Jaw provide the first botanical and the fruit flavour it provides is enhanced by the freshness of bulrush stems which smell like freshly mown lawn.
This gives way to a nuttiness from ground elder which, although it is known as a pernicious weed today, was originally brought over by the Romans as a salad leaf – a function which it can still perform as well as rocket or spinach when young. The final ingredient that made it into Bardowie Gin was Bay – from a rather large Bay Tree that flourishes outside Mark and Alison’s kitchen window; this gives a pleasant herby aftertaste to their gin.