Sheffield Distillery Assay Elderflower & Apricot Gin Limited Spring Edition 45% 70cl
The Sheffield Distillery is based on the banks of the Blackburn Brook River in Chapeltown, to the North of the city. It's also sited in the car park of The Commercial Pub, a fantastic boozer with an vast range of whiskies and gin that host tasting events almost every week. Manager Paul Harrison and his team - along with several of his regular customers - decided that they'd venture into making spirits themselves, and in 2017 distillation began. Paul and his father Keith dedicated research time reading up on the full processes involved rather than diving head on, to ensure that they hit the ground running in producing a richly textured spirit that would be the base for a selection of flavoured spirits using local natural produce, with a strict rule of non chill-filtration. A whisky is on the cards, but in the meantime the Assay gins and vodkas (named after the 5 offices across UK that certify quality of precious metals, for which Sheffield is so well-known) are more than providing a great reputation. Paul himself even suffered second-degree burns after the still set alight in May of 2019, resulting in him being put in a coma for 2 weeks to aid recovery. He was quickly back at work, determined not to let the incident set production back.
Only 175 bottles were produced of this limited edition seasonal release from The Sheffield Distillery. 5kg of elderflower and dried apricots were added to the still before distilling, and then another 5kg of each were macerated in the subsequent spirits for 5 days afterwards, to impart more flavour and that lovely golden colour.
The apricot is full and fresh upfront, with a rich mouthfeel really helping things along. The elderflower is not too prevalent, instead providing a delicately floral backbone on the finish without being in your face. It's a lovely gin for sunny days, which we're starting to enjoy at the weather improves. It has enough body to work brilliantly in a long drink, but will give you a nice intensity in short cocktails.
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