Posted on 27 January 2020
Based in the idyllic village of Bashall Eaves in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, Bashall Spirits has created a contemporary range of craft gins inspired by family recipe books that date back to the 1700s. Using these treasured hand-written Victorian and Georgian transcripts the family have been able to gain an insight into how people cooked and ate over the last 200 years and have identified recipe ideas and flavours for their gin range, utilising fruits and spices such as elderberry, quince and caraway, which grow in abundance locally, yet are not widely used in modern-day distilling.
At the heart of the Bashall Spirits range is their own unique juniper-led London Dry Gin - which takes its botanical cues from the Forest of Bowland and the protected woodland surrounding the village - alongside three uniquely flavoured full-strength gins. The flavoured gins - Orange & Quince Gin, Damson & Elderberry Gin and Parkin Cake Gin - are a celebration of the recipes which have been handed down through the Worsley-Taylor family for generations. The golden hued Parkin Cake Gin is based on a Victorian-era family recipe for the traditional Lancashire bake, and is rich with treacle and ginger. Traditional marmalade recipes inspired the zesty Orange & Quince Gin, while the Damson & Elderberry Gin is a homage to the many orchard and fruit wine recipes found in the antique recipe books. The gins are crafted by an award-winning partner distiller based in Arbroath, Scotland.
Bashall Spirits London Dry Gin
The unique recipe of 11 botanicals includes cranberry, elderflower and caraway, homage to the native woodland and hedgerow plants found in and around the beautiful Moor Piece Nature Reserve. This is a smooth juniper-forward gin with a soft sweetness and elegant character, perfect in a variety of drinks from a refreshing G&T to a crisp Martini.
Bashall Spirits Parkin Cake Gin
The Parkin Cake recipe dates back to the Victorian era, a time when every northern family would have had their take on this traditional treat. Capturing the comforting aromas and flavours of treacle and ginger spice, the Bashall Spirits Parkin Cake Gin is an enticing and distinctively warming spirit.
Bashall Spirits Orange & Quince Gin
The Bashall Spirits Orange & Quince Gin has been inspired by a collection of beautifully handwritten marmalade or "marmalet" rcipes from the 1750s. These zesty flavours are perfectly captured in a gin that's bursting with aromas of citrus and balances orange, jammy quince fruit and classic juniper.
Bashall Spirits Damson & Elderberry Gin
The Bashall Spirits Damson & Elderberry Gin harks back to a time when flavoured wines and beers were commonly created from hedgerow ingredients and orchard fruit. Taking inspiration from historic handwritten recipes for those home-made tipples, this gin perfectly balances rich damson fruit, sweet-tart elderberry and classic juniper.