FDMB North West had the pleasure of attending the very first Goosnargh Gin foraging and distilling day, hosted by Rachel and Richard Trenchard, in the beautiful Beacon Fell area of the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire.
These days will run intermittently through the year, at times when botanicals are at peak season.
The first event ran on May 10, with a further event on June 2. Events following that will run in the autumn – September 27, 28 & 29, and October 11, 12 & 13 – when berries will be in full force.
Each day will accommodate just 6 people, to ensure a personal hands on experience throughout.
In the morning, we met with expert forager Ade Rose in beautiful surroundings, to identify and collect a range of seasonal local botanicals. It was then back to the distillery to enjoy a light lunch, before finding out more about gin, Goosnargh Gin’s story, recipe development and the distillation process.
For the remainder of the day, we took charge of one their mini stills to produce a 500ml bottle of our own botanical blend of gin to take home with us.
The couple, who are fiercely passionate about the area they live and work in, only entered the spirits market last October. They have had great success with their first two offerings – Chapter one, Signature Gin and Chapter two, Dark Skies.
With Chapter three in the pipeline, and an autumn schedule of foraging and distilling days to look forward to, the future is an exciting one for Goosnargh Gin.
As for our experience, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational day, in beautiful surroundings with an amazingly passionate pair of gin entrepreneurs. What more could we have asked for!