Isle of Harris Distillers has just announced the third release of their experimental apothecary range of botanical inventions, designed to complement Isle of Harris Gin.
Developed by friend of the brand and local plant expert, Amanda Saurin, Isle of Harris Distillers continues to explore the joys of the Outer Hebridean island’s indigenous flora. Hand-picked in south Harris in 2020, Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is an ancient Hebridean brewing plant and is the mainstay of this new tincture.
This release is quite different from previous launches as the Meadowsweet Tincture is focused on one single ingredient and one method of production.
Appreciated for generations for its healing properties when used in natural medicines, meadowsweet was renowned for reducing fevers and pain. It was particularly useful on the Isle of Harris where the cold, wet weather often tested people’s health. The tincture shared today also contains lemon and a sweetened plum vinegar, lauded for balancing the digestive system and calming inflammation.
When added to Isle of Harris or any other quality gins, the Harris Meadowsweet Tincture produces unique tastes and scents of an island spring. When tasted neat, there is a rush of lemon and vinegar on the nose; on the palate you get citrus and sherbet sweetness, with soft vinegar notes, followed immediately by plum, grapes and soft cereal notes. The finish is long and satisfying with a slight floral bitterness at the end.
The new tincture is available online via the Isle of Harris Distillery’s website.