Truly beautiful liqueurs
These reserve liqueurs really are the best of the best. Made without compromise, packed with fresh fruit and presented in a new unique bottle. Truly beautiful liqueurs.
Time, time, time
When making a liqueur that's distinctive and unique, time is all important. For instance, did you know that if sloe or damson berries are left in contact for too long with the gin, they'll actually begin to smell more like cherries? This is because of the stone the berry encapsulates - it gives a distinct almond character when in contact with a spirit!
These are the types of experiences that fascinate and motivate us at Lyme Bay Winery, we are after all trying to create the best examples of drinks possible, be they wines, ciders, cream liqueurs, or fruit liqueurs!
The Sloe and Damson gins, both 26%, require the longest soaking period.We use London Gin as we think the flavour profile fits well with the style we're trying to create, and a touch of sugar and water. The berries are collected locally (seasonally), frozen, and added while frozen. The thawing process, speeded up by the alcohol content, helps to draw as much flavour and colour as possible, then the mixture is left for around four months. When diluted and balanced these drinks are full of the berry flavours, smooth and well balanced.
The Blueberry and the Elderflower and Lemon both have shorter soaking periods. Both soaked in vodka at 40% ABV, if left too long the drink actually loses some of its character.
When we think we've picked up enough character, the mixture is diluted to 22% with water and sugar. In the case of the elderflower, we then add Sicilian lemon juice. This is all done by taste, as each batch and character is unique. Finally, in order to preserve the lively, delicate characters, we only give all the liqueurs a very light filtration before bottling, thus a little sediment may be thrown in bottle.
The resulting drinks, when diluted and balanced, display the fresh berries, and are smooth and well balanced. The raspberry, elderflower and lemon are soaked in vodka at 40% ABV. With both styles, the soaking period is much shorter - we found that, especially with the blueberries, there is an ideal time to take the berries out. Strangely, if left for too long, the drink actually loses some of its character!
The batches may be small, but the care and attention certainly isn't!