New gin liqueurs from Wilkin & Sons Tiptree
PUBLISHED: 16:56 20 June 2016
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Tiptree jams are an iconic symbol of quality recognisable across the world, but now, in an exciting new venture, their famous fruits have been instilled into a range of gin liqueurs
The Wilkin family have been fruit farming at Tiptree since the 1800s and still grow a wide range of traditional English varieties. Crops are hand-picked, and include strawberries, plums, apples and cherries.
Even today, an emphasis remains on growing in a sustainable manner, engaging the community and working in partnership with other local businesses. So when the opportunity arose to work with the Witham-based gin makers, Hayman’s, it was the chance to develop something new and exciting while building on those traditional values.
This summer, Wilkin & Sons has launched a new range of fruit gin liqueurs including Little Scarlet Strawberry Gin Liqueur, English Raspberry Gin Liqueur and English Damson Gin Liqueur. The new liqueurs combine the fabulous flavours of the fresh fruit grown on the Tiptree farms with some of the finest London Dry Gin.
Hayman’s can trace their gin-making history back to 1863 and use a blend of natural botanicals to create their traditional London Dry Gin. Each small batch is crafted in their artisanal copper still, named Marjorie, taking the name of Grandmother Hayman. In this new venture, Tiptree berries and plums are rested in the spirit to imbue their beautifully rich fruit notes and create a dazzling new selection of flavours that have already been very well received.
Little Scarlet Strawberry Gin Liqueur uses the Little Scarlet Strawberries that are unique to the Wilkin Estate at Tiptree. These tiny, wild berries require great care while growing and picking, but are worth every effort. The Little Scarlet Strawberry Gin Liqueur offers bright, clean strawberry notes with a crisp background of juniper.
Raspberries are among the most traditional of crops farmed at Tiptree and give the unique taste to the English Raspberry Gin Liqueur. Each year patience is needed to wait until the raspberries are perfectly plump and juicy before picking. Thanks to this precious fruit, the English Raspberry Gin Liqueur bursts with the fruitiness of proper English raspberries.
Every Autumn, vibrant blue damsons bring a splash of colour to the Tiptree orchards and now they add a vibrant flavour to the English Damson Gin Liqueur. Each damson plum is carefully hand-picked into a basket and the English Damson Gin Liqueur offers the deep, velvet sweetness of damsons with more than a hint of almond on the finish.
Find out more
Wilkin & Sons is the headline line sponsor at this year’s Essex Life Food & Drink Awards. To find out more about the awards, turn to page 180 or visit www.essexfada.co.uk. To find out more about Wilkin & Sons, visit www.tiptree.com.
Cream tea anyone?
National Cream Tea Day, on June 24, is a charity fundraising opportunity that is supported by Wilkin & Sons Ltd and Rodda’s, makers of Cornish clotted cream. The National Cream Tea Day is an opportunity for organisations to raise funds for charity with the support of the Cream Tea Society. Visit www.creamteasociety.co.uk and complete the online form for free jam and cream.