The production of Passionately Purple and A Taste of Honey Gin
The gin was born in an Alembic Still, made in Portugal, fondly known by its owner Sara Dewhurst of Sandgrown Spirits as ‘Elsie’. It is a working still used now in development and is a smaller replica of Edith - the still in which the “Rotary” gin family is produced today.
All gin is made with 96% vodka spirit which is put into the bulbous part of the still. To this is added the basic ingredients for all gins — juniper berries, coriander, citrus notes (dried bitter orange, fresh orange and satsuma) and angelica to ‘fix’ the flavour.
The botanicals — blueberries, blackberries and rowan berries — which give this gin its unique identity, are added and the spirit is reduced to 60% proof with the addition of purified water.
This is left to infuse for 36 hours before the pot is heated. As the temperature rises the liquid will begin evaporating into the attached copper pot - this first part is an unpalatable spin oﬀ, known as the ‘head’. Once the temperature reaches 78C the alcohol evaporates and carries the essential oils out of the still leaving the water and unwanted parts behind. The alcohol at this stage is known as the ‘heart’. The temperature can increase to 92C after which it once again becomes unpalatable and this is known as the ‘tails’ and discarded.
We now have a London Dry Gin.
To this is added Butterfly Pea Flowers which give the purple gin its colour and more pure water and it is left to sit for 4 to 5 days.
By the same process the slightly sweeter Old Tom Gin A Taste of Honey is produced
Ten botanicals including liquorice, lime and pink peppercorns and the Salford sourced honey, from Worsley, give it the colour and slightly sweet taste.
Health and Ecological notes
There are no artificial colours or sweeteners used in the production.
No plastic is used for packaging - only paper - with the exception of the padded protective plastic used for posting and this is recyclable. The distillery is powered by solar energy.
Sara Dewhurst of Sandgrown Spirits
Passionately Purple Gin is now coordinated by Salford with Swinton Rotary Club, and orders can be placed by the interactive form on their website. https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1909
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Booths Staff and Rotarians Left to right, Store Manager Ben Cross, Cory Donaldson, Rebecca Mason, Mel Lister, Irene England, Joe Preston, Lauren Hill, Rotarian Peter Irving, Gaynor Stephenson, with Rotarian Graham Pudseymore
" A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our Turkey/ Syria Earthquake collection today at Booths in Kirkby Lonsdale. Despite the cold day we had a very successful collection"more
Gloria Barnett's talk to the Club has resulted in donations of her books being given to all the Primary Schools in our area.more
President Dave Tuohy presents Past President Lilian Barton with her collar on becoming President Elect for the forthcoming year.more
Herbert talks about the history of Gin, and the development of Passionately Purple Gin to raise money for Purple4Poliomore
District Governor Kath Bromilow inducts returning Rotarian Ken Kay into Lunesdale Rotary and presents him with a special tin of "Purple for Polio" sweets.more
" A very big thank you to Booths Supermarket, Kirkby Lonsdale for allowing us to make a Christmas Collection at the store yesterday. Despite the cold and rain their customers were very generous. We had a very enjoyable and successful day."more
On 28th January members welcomed from NW Cancer Research Alister Richards and his 2 colleagues Charlotte Elwood and Carol Kirkham.more