The Lakes Distillery has released its first spirit, a gin made from English wheat and local botanicals including heather, bilberry, hawthorn and meadowsweet.
The company will also be using Cumbrian grown juniper (the region is the biggest juniper grower in the UK) and has also joined forces with Cumbria Wildlife Trust to help protect the native juniper trees.
Distilled slowly in a 1,000 litre copper pot still, the gin is best served neat over ice and not with mixers, which would “dilute and confuse the delicate flavours,” said MD Paul Currie.
Fellow craft distiller, Edinburgh Gin, also unveiled a new variant last week – a Rhubarb and Ginger Gin.
The liqueur is works well on its own, as a long drink, or to add an autumnal kick to crumbles, trifles, and preserves, said the company.