Master distiller at Capreolus, Barney Wilczak chose to showcase his botanicals on a clean platform, a spirit made from British wheat, soft and neutral in order to create a gin of effortless complexity.
A vast store of seeds, spices, flowers, herbs, roots and fruits, were grown, traded and collected, leaving a selection of 34 botanicals. From resonant earth notes through sweet, sour, spice and high floral. The recipe is a secret but individual examples include fresh Sicilian blood orange zest cut on site (never dried, the floral nature is completely lost, and without a trace of bitter pith), and flowers from the British native small leaved lime tree, Tillia cordata (an aroma of interlaced flowers and honey).
Hundreds of test distillations, explorations of individual species and the best way to extract their unique perfume, led to the creation of Garden Swift, its name is drawn from an exquisite day flying moth and another night flying inhabitant. The final exacting touch to this gin is hand bottling, each finished with traditionally printed letterpress labels.
Luxurious and incredibly complex, this is a drink to be savoured neat as much as in cocktails such as a Martini.