Seaweed-infused gin made in Wales launches

26th March, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Gin producers are turning to even more unusual botanicals in their bid to gain market share, as this new Welsh seaweed-infused gin demonstrates.

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An artisan distillery in Wales has released a gin infused with seaweed

Dà Mhìle Distillery, based in Ceredigion, mid-west Wales, released a gin earlier this month made using algae from the Newquay coast.

The distillery reduced the number of botanicals in its original small batch gin recipe and added some that are commonly associated with seafood, alongside other herbs and spices.

This liquid was then infused with fresh seaweed for three weeks.

John Savage-Onstwedder, founder of Dà Mhìle, told Wales Online: “Small-batch distilling is an art, but it is also about skill and craftsmanship.

“This new seaweed gin is a natural addition to the small batch botanical gin we launched last year which has been enthusiastically embraced by gin enthusiasts up and down the country.”

He added that the gin has a “slight saltiness” and “greenish hue” and is well-suited to cooking or food pairing.

Savage-Onstwedder also produces a Caws Teifi Seaweed cheese, as well as a single malt and single grain whisky.

He plans to release an apple brandy and Welsh rum later this year.

Bottled at 42% abv, Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin is available from the distillery’s website.

For a comprehensive look at the gin market, and the extravagant flavours within it, see the February issue of The Spirits Business.

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