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New gin supports rare beetle

In collaboration with local TV wildlife presenter, Nick Baker, Papillon Dartmoor Distillery has crafted a new gin, called Carabus, sales of which will help support this endangered beetle.

The Blue Ground Beetle (Carabus intricatus) is one of the UK’s largest ground beetles and one of the rarest. First discovered in 1811, it was soon presumed extinct until 1985, when it was rediscovered on Dartmoor, an area that represents over 80% of the Blue Ground Beetle’s UK population.

To help protect the Blue Ground Beetle, Papillon will be donating £2 from the sale of every 70cl bottle of Carabus to Buglife, the UK invertebrate charity. It is no surprise that they have partnered with Buglife because they already donate to Butterfly Conservation through the sale of their other two gins: Papillon and The Admiral. As well as donating to the charity, the owners also volunteer for a local Butterfly Conservation project.

In honour of this rare Dartmoor beetle, Papillon have chosen woodland botanicals for their new gin. Instead of the traditional citrus they have used rowan and hawthorn berries, which give a fruity roundness to the flavour.

Nettles and wood sorrel provide fresh notes and roasted hazelnuts and a hint of vanilla provide a uniquely refreshing finish.

Nick Baker is very enthusiastic to be involved with Papillon’s new product and was absolutely delighted when they chose the Blue Ground Beetle as the focus for their new gin.

Commenting on the new charity gin, Nick Baker said: “Every delicious sip is putting money into a local conservation project to help secure the woodland habitats of this local hidden Dartmoor jewel. It’s perfect.”

Stockists and online sales can be found on Papillon’s website