Multi-award-winning gin-makers Puddingstone Distillery have partnered once again with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to produce a one-of-a-kind gin, using an ultrasound distilling method inspired by bats.
Inspired by the flight of native bats through the British countryside, this bold gin uses a unique ultrasonic process and pot distillation to extract flavour and aroma from local hedgerow plants including elderflower, along with Bramley apple and mint.
Ultrasonic gin will be launched on International Gin Day on 12 June. For each bottle sold, Puddingstone Distillery will donate £2 to Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to support the charity’s work protecting bats and other wildlife across Hertfordshire and Middlesex.
Emma Norrington, the Trust’s Head of Fundraising and Communications said: ‘We’re thrilled to be partnering with Puddingstone Distillery again to create a one-of-a-kind gin. Hertfordshire is home to some magnificent wild places and species, and we’re always delighted when local businesses are keen to help protect them. This exciting new gin is the perfect way to capture the beauty of our countryside, highlight the amazing natural techniques of our bats and the work we do / need to do for their conservation.’
Bats are the only true flying mammal in the world. There are 17 species of bats in the UK, 12 of which can be found in Hertfordshire. Bats live in a range of habitats and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust works hard to manage these places so that bats can thrive.
Bats are so-called indicator species, serving as a measurement of how well wildlife is faring and how well conservation efforts are working because they occupy a wide range of habitats and are sensitive to changes in the environment.
Puddingstone are a local distillery based in Tring and the producers of multi-award-winning Campfire Gin. Ben and Kate, the owners of the distillery are true believers in connecting with the spirit of the outdoors and preserving wildlife in Hertfordshire. The distillery has been partnering with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust since 2017 with their launch of the world’s first Himalayan balsam gin – raising awareness of the conservation work needed to address this invasive, non-native species.
Ben Marston, Director at Puddingstone Distillery said: ‘From day one our ethos was to produce gins of an exceptional nature with a mindfulness of community and environment. Working with the HMWT allows us to fulfil part of this promise with tangible results to the rural environment that surrounds us. It’s also fair to say that discussions with the HMWT surrounding the nature of the gin have pushed creative boundaries which is why we are delighted to continue with the partnership.’
Ultrasonic gin can be bought here: puddingstonedistillery.com/product/ultrasonic-gin